Fifa 08 is a good first try by EA. Unlike other first time titles, this game doesn't feel like it was rushed, like so many EA games in the first year of the 360. The controls are mapped very well and come fairly naturally. Gameplay seems consistent and easy to get used to, whether you use the new vertical camera or the more traditional horizontal one.
The game has a great learners area where you can learn the game within about half an hour with the minigames to test your new skills. You can jump right into gameplay and not feel overmatched.
Unfortunately, the reason the gameplay doesn't seem like EA rushed it is because they left out a number of things they usually have in a Fifa game. The main missing piece is manager mode. There are individual season modes, found in the tournament menu in the game, but there are no transfer windows.
So if you're a big soccer fan and need a Manager mode, this isn't a game you want to buy. But if you just enjoy playing against friends or playing online, then this game is very solid. I'm quite pleased with how well this game transferred over to the Wii and I very much look forward to a more complete game next year. EA has definitely left us with something to look forward to next year.
posted by knightnort (GEORGETOWN, DE) Oct 13, 2007
Member since Dec 2005
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First of all soccer is my favorite sport and yes I'm an American. FIFA 08 started off good. I played the training academy to start off with so I could get used to the Wii controls. It was alright but exhausting after a while. Some trick shots were too hard and sometimes it would say flick the controller right and you'd actually need to flick it right. A bug but I got over it.
What really kills this game? Not the graphics. They were actually ok considering the Wii. I'd rather a game be fun to play then be nothing but graphics. And that's where FIFA 08 for the Wii goes bad. Nothing fun to play. The in game is relatively non interesting. Now get this - you can only play friendlies because their is no season mode. No season??? No career... No franchise play!!! I'm utterly confused. How far do you have to go back to find any EA game that doesn't have a season mode? 199?.
The side games were okay. Clearly made for family play or party play. But if I wanted a party game I would have rented Mario Party or something like that.
So here are my playing options. I can play a friendly by myself where the game and stats don't count or I can play a friendly online.
What's the point of having all of the leagues in a game if you don't have the fun things like player trades and contract negotiations? Where's the fun in playing your rival twice a season or battling to get into a higher division. Their is no drama in only being able to play one game and that's it. This is seriously the type of game that will bring the Wii down. I think it's close to time where I hack the system or give it to my little nephews.