Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. 91
    Thanks to genuine challenge, bruising A.I., a significantly improved Manager Mode, and more involving evolutionary player aspects, this year's FIFA emerges as yet another successful edition to EA's once vilified football portfolio.
  2. The FIFA series can no longer be labelled as a joke because this year it has surpassed PES2008. The sheer volume of content along with the realistic game play and superior graphics, has led me to this conclusion.
  3. Whether you enjoy one of the many solo modes or take on friends with the excellent and – in my experience so far – lag free online multiplayer, you've a football game that's going to stick with you all season.
  4. Perhaps the place where FIFA 08 shines the brightest is in what I am considering the revolutionary mode of online play.
  5. Overall great stuff and it makes you wonder how EA will improve upon this… maybe they should start with improving the corner kicks.
  6. 90
    A superb and strikingly polished game.
  7. 90
    After four iterations, FIFA Soccer 08 feels like the first title to live up to the "next-gen" name.
  8. FIFA 08 is the first soccer game on the 360 that I actually feel like I got my money’s worth.
  9. Instead of just competing with Pro Evo Soccer outright, the designers were smart enough to reexamine the gameplay from a more fundamental level and "Be A Pro" mode of play achieves this smoothly and effectively.
  10. FIFA 08 is not the first next-gen soccer game, but it's the first one to really feel like a full next-gen game.
  11. The franchise has finally reached its next-gen potential with a gang of new modes and gameplay tweaks that make the experience much more realistic and skill-based. There’s a steeper learning curve to overcome, but it’s worth it to finally cast aside the 16-bit pass-pass-shoot trappings the FIFA series has endured for far too long.
  12. While the on-field action feels sluggish and unresponsive at first, you soon learn to work with the pace of the game and play it like you would the sport, rather than just the videogame. [Nov 2007, p.107]
  13. EA Sports continues to experiment with its FIFA football series, creating a more challenging and slower-paced game for the 2008 outing.
  14. A huge increase in the league count allows you to play as tons of new teams as well as partake in more than 50 different tournaments. The ball physics have been greatly improved, feeling more realistic than ever. The Be-A-Pro mode is a great, albeit very limited, addition.
  15. While this current FIFA is solid, EA still needs to put its best cleat forward and utilize this latest SKU as a stepping stone toward soccer game nirvana. FIFA Soccer 08 is, however, an authoritative crossover step in the right direction.
  16. Overall, FIFA 08 is a wonderful soccer game that improves on its predecessor in almost every way. It looks great, plays great, and is back on the right track for taking the crown back from the Winning Eleven series.
  17. It is one of the best experiences of the beautiful game, but the slightly slow pace of the title doesn’t quite encourage the excitement levels beyond anything substantial.
  18. You'll get your soccer fix with good controls, great graphics, and tremendous license support.
  19. FIFA 08 is not only the best EA soccer game in years, but one of the best soccer titles in recent memory.
  20. A very decent football simulation, mixing both stunning graphics with some well-thought gameplay.
  21. FIFA 08 is definitely a marked improvement as it has continued to evolve over the past few years.
  22. FIFA 08 is, on the whole, a triumph. Had the Be A Pro features been more fleshed out and the lower difficulty settings somewhat more forgiving, then it would undoubtedly have scored a 9 rather than an 8. However, thanks to the promise of the former feature, multiplayer games that are little short of superb (due to the lack of AI defenders thwarting your every attack), the usual exhaustive array of official league and cup competitions and some stunning visuals and animations that milk next gen power for all it's worth, it very much feels that the FIFA franchise is genuinely teetering on the cusp of greatness.
  23. Those used to the drama of Pro Evo may well be put off by some often dull matches, but as a simulation, FIFA 08 stands as another EA Sports success story. [Dec 2007, p.121]
  24. The differences from last year might only sound incremental on paper, but FIFA 08 provides all the polish of last year with some excellent new features with some additional flair and panache.
  25. Overall this is the strong outing that the FIFA franchise really needed and it came out in a big way and for lack of better terms, scored.
  26. Sadness in that here we have a lovely looking and functionally excellent game, but it's just not got that certain je ne sais quoi, that va-va-voom.
  27. 80
    Players are forced to think, pass, move, and shoot more like pro soccer players than ever before--giving long-time Winning Eleven fans pause for thought.
  28. Another year, another FIFA--and consider us happy. [Dec 2007, p.78]
  29. Minus its hiccups in gameplay and difficulty, FIFA 08 is a good game. It's just not a great game when compared to the reigning king of soccer games, Winning Eleven (Pro Evolution Soccer in Europe).
  30. Yes, the leagues are here; the players are here; the stadiums (well, some at least) are here. But FIFA 08 represents EA’s first real attempt in years to do something with the franchise other than just repackaging what has gone before. Here’s a game that makes a real (if occasionally flawed) effort to move the sports sim forward.
  31. By far the best, most revined version of FIFA yet - its presentation and 'big game feel' are second to none. [Dec 2007, p.78]
  32. Its depth may scare off some gamers while appealing to the hardcore soccer fan.
  33. As a standalone game this is easily a recommended title if you enjoy the sport in any fashion, it’s true to the sport and plays, looks and sounds great and there’s a large pool of players around the world to play online.
  34. 79
    FIFA 08 seems to represent the classic videogame mistake. It’s not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination and will likely satisfy football diehards a bit more than past entries in the series, but one can’t help but wonder just how good the whole package could have been if EA Sports had just held the game back until the online Be a Pro Mode was finished.
  35. If you're looking for a fun and quick soccer game, you should probably look elsewhere, but if you want a challenge and the authenticity of the real thing, you'll find it in abundance here.
  36. FIFA 08 is the most playable version of the series yet in the next-gen era--including a cool Superstar-like mode--but ghosts of old gameplay still haunt this release. [Oct 2007, p.110]
  37. As it is, FIFA 08 is a football title that has plenty going for it, but also plenty of annoyances and offers a realistic experience that further breaks the mold of FIFA's past poorer efforts from the last few years.
  38. The ultimate FIFA in terms of licenses, teams and presentation; fails to excite on the pitch. [Dec 2007, p.55]
  39. The infrastructure is definitely in place for a corker of a kickabout but the important thing - that intangible soul - is still frustratingly missing.
  40. FIFA 08 represents an enjoyable if limited take on the beautiful game.
  41. 'Be a Pro' is interesting, but far from reaching its true potential. FIFA 08 is like many a top team’s season; plenty of the sublime, but some glaring errors hold it back from greatness.
  42. A significant improvement over last time out - requiring patience and guile to succeed - but unfortunately, shadows of its former self still remain, however. [Issue#25, p.96]
  43. A satisfactory update to the franchise, but still has yet to really hit its stride on the next-gen platforms. It took the FIFA team years to get it right on the PS2. Let's hope we don't have to wait quite so long for this FIFA to reach its amazing potential.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. DavidD
    Mar 9, 2008
    Apocalypse B is one of the most stupid people that the world has ever had the misfortune to bear host to.FIFA 08 outstrips PES 2008 in gameplay,graphics,commentary and fun.And all the other categories.
    P.S(For you,Mr A B):You are an idiot.Go to another planet where you can do no harm and insults.
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  2. Nov 10, 2011
    The game is great. Graphics are above average. Game Modes are acceptable. The only problem with the game modes is that they should have added become a goalkeeper. Other than that, the game is one of the best soccer games I've ever played Full Review »
  3. yuvalToren
    Jul 23, 2008
    I find that the AI literally cheats. It will give itself possession after the ball clearly goes out off of one of its own players. It will call fouls on me indiscriminately while almost never calling a foul on itself, which is especially frustrating considering (a) that I have absolutely no way of controlling whether or not my tackle is a foul, and (b) the AI's tackles are often incredibly vicious with no ball contact and are (almost) never called. The Ai is also essentially impossible to tackle; your player just runs alongside the AI player until he decides to pass. I do not have XBOX Live, so I can't say anything about the online multiplayer, but the single player modes are extremely frustrating due to the terribly programmed AI. Full Review »