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  • Summary: UEFA EURO 2008 captures the look and feel of the journey from qualification to the finals with rain and mud dynamics that impact playing conditions, real-time player ratings that change based on player performance, and a penalty kick mode that re-creates the elation and agony of a penalty shoot-out as if you were on the pitch. Experience the thrill of scoring the goal that sends your country through to the next round and then choose how to celebrate it with all-new interactive user-controlled celebrations. Captain your country, play alongside your heroes, and inspire them to championship glory in the official videogame of UEFA EURO 2008. A new game mode called Captain Your Country enables gamers to customize them on the pitch and wear the shirt of their national team. Work through eight status levels to earn the captaincy of your team and then lead your country into battle for championship glory against your rivals. Go online in Battle of the Nations to earn status points for yourself and your country in a competition for global supremacy. Go for the biggest upsets to earn the most points and then watch you and your country move up the leader boards. Face the challenge and pressure of competing in the championship rounds in the EURO Online Knockout Draw to test your skills against the world's best. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Pick your favourite team, control your favourite player and lead the whole nation to success. It does not get any more exciting than this!
  2. If you want a preview of what’s coming in FIFA 09, UEFA Euro 2008 is as close as you can get. It is one of the best soccer games to date, but it’s so limited that its shelf life is almost zero.
  3. 85
    This solid football game offers hours of enjoyment, both via single and multiplayer, and has enough improvements to keep FIFA ’08 fans happy. However, the limited number of teams and the pure European focus may put off some of the more casual players.
  4. 80
    EURO 2008 is undoubtedly a step forward for the FIFA series, bringing it tantalizingly close to dethroning the once all conquering "PES."
  5. Okay, so it’s basically just a streamlined version of FIFA 08 with new trimmings but look beyond this and there’s a world of ball-kicking goodness to be enjoyed. Its decidedly stunted nature makes it a far more appealing choice for the multiplayer gamer but even so, it’s still one of the better footy games of this generation.
  6. Improves on "FIFA 08" in gameplay terms, but lacks the intelligence of EA's PS2 game. [May 2008, p.83]
  7. 70
    Battle of the Nations is a phenomenal way to stoke the nationalistic fire of the competition in gamers around the world, but it's shutting down the day after the tournament.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. JoszefLindbergh
    Jan 13, 2009
    I still prefer this one compared to FIFA 09. All the good ideas like the career mode as being a pro, the nice graphics (weather) ,the brilliant audio(crowd) and the nice own tournament creation and calculation are all euro 2008 ideas at the first place.
    But he main reason i prefer this one is simple:
    the front end looks much fresher and nicer and the tournament atmosphere playing all the way to the finals is the thing FIFA 09 is lacking of.
    Great game, looking for world cup 2010!
  2. LeeM
    Apr 19, 2008
    Top drawer a good leap forward in terms of game engine! Well done EA.
  3. MartinD.
    May 20, 2008
    What a incredible gameplay! cup is just amazing big fun...2 bad that the dutch players are fictitious....but are better then the real ones. Expand
  4. MarkH.
    Apr 22, 2008
    Fun, authentic fun. Great audio and challenging gameplay. So many neat touches such as pitches getting heavier if it rains with the ball actually sticking in patches, stadium announcers speaking in their native tongue, I could go on and on...I'm selling PES 2008 I wont play it after this. Expand
  5. AnonymousMC
    Aug 5, 2008
    The game is a lot of fun. UEFA Euro 2008 was my first introduction to soccer (football) games, and by the sound of it, a better introduction than FIFA 2008. The "Captain Your Country" feature is pretty fun (as I'm sure the "Be A Pro" feature is very similar, without the competition to become captain of the team) but it can be kind of frustrating when playing with a friend and you both somehow (even though you've scored virtually all the goals for your team) don't make it to the semifinals squad. Even though I'm not familiar with the players (and even with some of the locations), it's still interesting to see the various teams and locations that are used in the game. I also liked the use of each country's individual national anthem when the game is won or played in their individual stadium. UEFA Euro 2008 has some frustrating things like some control issues and the camera angles can be a bit misleading for newcomers who aren't quite used to looking at a goal from overhead and accidentally overshoot the posts (and sometimes you get the exhilarating and demoralizing feeling of thinking your shot goes in but actually glides over the whole goal). Also, EA has the terrible habit of not explaining anything in their manuals except for basic controls, which can be frustrating for newcomers to the sport or to people who haven't picked up a title in a while. But all in all, I loved (and still do) playing Euro 2008. Definitely a good title for newcomers. Expand
  6. TiagoB.
    May 5, 2008
    Best Game out there!!!! Bye bye PES... It´s a FIFA08 GREAT improvement! Everyone should try it! a must buy for multiplayer.
  7. DaveR
    May 28, 2008
    The controls in this game are absolutely horrid. The player movements are broken and unrealistic. The cut scenes are exactly that cut and broken. I seriously cannot understand why videogames continue to incorporate cut scenes in games. It is contrived and not revolutionary. I would have expected a much improved physics engine from EA. Once again, EA disappoints. Expand

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