Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
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  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. For those of you with FIFA 08, this is well worth a look simply because of the refreshing new modes and roster of teams/players available.
  3. Playing the game is fun defined. While Pro Evolution has managed to slowly botch its own previously stellar system with each release, EA’s FIFA has been making steady progress over the last few years, culminating in this climax.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    89
    Representing this summer's European tourney, UEFA impresses in many ways: shimmering presentation, engaging game modes, and tweaks to problems that hurt "FIFA 08". [June 2008, p.78]
  5. UEFA EURO 2008 is a nice entry to the series. While the gameplay isn't quite a groundbreaking departure from the formula they created in FIFA 08, it’s still a cleaner experience and a lot of fun for soccer fans.
  6. 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.
  7. It will tie you over nicely until the highly anticipated FIFA 09 hits store shelves. When I described it as a mixed bag my reasons were such; good graphics, excellent sound, lack of real depth, superb game play but lacklustre online options.
  8. So, yes, the future does indeed looks bright for FIFA 09, but with UEFA EURO 2008 currently on the shelves, the future also happens to be right now.
  9. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    85
    It’s the confirmation of everything that was great on FIFA 08 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The gameplay is side-by-side with everything that Pro Evolution Soccer has delivered over the years and it’s better than any FIFA to date. And with its shiny presentation and online and offline modes, it’s a must have for every soccer fan out there. [Apr 2008]
  10. 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.
  11. Pelit (Finland)
    85
    A lot more than just a official game of Euro 2008, although the authentic atmosphere is obviously one of the key elements. Players move smoother than before and the gameplay is a bit tighter than in FIFA 08. However, the AI is a boring opponent. Captain your country -mode is a great addition. [Apr 2008]
  12. The player likenesses are fantastic and the overall presentation is wonderful.
  13. 83
    Most soccer nuts awaiting this summer's Euro-only tourney in Switzerland and Austria will buy this one anyway, but for those on the fence, I recommend giving this one a shot. Particularly at the slightly reduced $49.99 price tag.
  14. Without doubt, UEFA Euro 2008 is the pinnacle of Football games.
  15. The audio in UEFA Euro 2008 is also extremely great.
  16. 81
    Those searching for a great tune up to this fall's FIFA 2009 should look no further than the impressive package of UEFA Euro 2008.
  17. See this game as version 1.1 of FIFA 08, but focused on the UEFA European Championship, and as a nice taste of things to come in the next edition of FIFA.
  18. 80
    EURO 2008 is undoubtedly a step forward for the FIFA series, bringing it tantalizingly close to dethroning the once all conquering "PES."
  19. With the added bonus of Captain Your Country, and a host of welcome tweaks and additions, it's a Russian linesman away from being given 9/10, and only the inevitable absence of club teams and other FIFA-level content get in the way.
  20. 360 Gamer Magazine UK
    80
    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.
  21. games(TM)
    80
    Electronic Arts has managed to fire yet another positive shot in the football sim battle. [May 2008, p.117]
  22. UEFA Euro 2008 plays a better game of football than anything else on the market, but only just.
  23. A really terrific game of football. The pace of play, the ball physics and the AI combine to make a top notch simulation of the sport. On the higher difficultly levels there's a very strong challenge ahead of you.
  24. The big question hanging over Euro 2008 is if it's worth its price tag, given that it's essential a tweaked FIFA 08 and FIFA 09 is only a few months away? The core gameplay has been tweaked enough to make FIFA 08 feel slightly dated, but chances are FIFA 09 will improve on this even further.
  25. When it plays a game of football so streamlined, so natural - so real, it’s hard to not feel justified in handing over more hard earned money to a company who seem to be learning from past mistakes.
  26. AceGamez
    80
    Putting aside the grumbles with price and the frustrating licensing issue, UEFA Euro 2008 is a slightly better game of football than FIFA 08, which bodes well for the next release - but that is a problem in itself.
  27. 80
    It’s a very polished, playable soccer game. The play by play is solid, the AI is challenging, and there are lots of options which allow you to tweak the experience to your liking.
  28. The normal match modes and multiplayer are a step up from Fifa 08, with player movement and ball control even more realistic than what has come before.
  29. The play is fantastic, and there's a lot of fun to be had, but even with the improvements made from FIFA 08, it feels underfeatured and overpriced when you hold the two titles side by side.
  30. What it all comes down to is the fact that UEFA Euro 2008 is trying to hit a specific market, and although the market for the game may not be as big here in the United States as it is over the pond, I believe that if soccer fans give this a try they will not only enjoy this game but also give some interest into this year’s UEFA tournament.
  31. If you are desperate for a good football game, you couldn't find a better game on the market, that's for sure, however a desire to play the game is not likely to last past the summer, certainly not past the probable release of FIFA 09.
  32. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    79
    Lacks the sheen of "FIFA 08," but plays it off the park. A good placebo for "PES." [June 2008, p.76]
  33. Games Master UK
    76
    Improves on "FIFA 08" in gameplay terms, but lacks the intelligence of EA's PS2 game. [May 2008, p.83]
  34. 75
    UEFA EURO 2008 is a fantastic game, and it's amazing how different the title is from FIFA 08. Football fans who are heavily into the tournament should pick this title up immediately.
  35. UEFA Euro 2008 narrows the FIFA ranks to just 52 teams in competition for the confederation's crown, but it still delivers realistic control, convincing independent ball physics, and smooth online play-making. [June 2008, p.81]
  36. The best version of soccer that EA has put up to date, and just gets me excited for what lies in store for the full game called FIFA 09 this fall!
  37. Soccer diehards will love the action on the pitch and the faithfulness to the pageantry of the UEFA Euro competition. However, given the limited scope of this title, it’s hard to justify paying nearly full price unless you’re a soccer junkie.
  38. UEFA offers a solid game of soccer with no glaring flaws, a slightly steep learning curve, and a deep amount of play options that should keep most players satisfied--at least until next year's installment hits the market.
  39. Uefa Euro 2008 is probably EA’s best effort this far when it comes to soccer games. Gameplay on the field has been tweaked to an overall better flow and the Captian your country mode is really fun. Charging full price for a game that loses its relevance after the championships is the only major flaw in this otherwise great soccer experience.
  40. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    70
    Pretty much "FIFA 08" with a new front end and 571 teams removed. [May 2008, p.80]
  41. X-ONE Magazine UK
    70
    Be A Pro's sideshow trumps the main event, which itself is largely unchanged. [Issue#32, p.86]
  42. A good solid soccer title which builds on previous EA soccer titles. Some glitches here and there and a high learning curve means you will need to stick at it, and might put off newcomers to the series. But an incredible match and graphics engine help to make up for this.
  43. While the game may seem a perfect recreation of the sport so far, there are unfortunately a couple of bugs which really never should've slipped through the testing process.
  44. 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.
  45. Being closer to the action gives each game a more intimate feel, and having Power Meters for each and every pass gives a more complete feeling of control.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. JoszefLindbergh
    Jan 13, 2009
    10
    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) ,theI 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!
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  2. AnonymousMC
    Aug 5, 2008
    9
    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 introductionThe 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. Full Review »
  3. DaveR
    May 28, 2008
    5
    The controls in this game are absolutely horrid. The player movements are broken and unrealistic. The cut scenes are exactly that cut andThe 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. Full Review »