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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published by: Electronic Arts
Developed by: EA Canada
Genre: Sports
Rated: E10 (Everyone 10 and up)
Players: 1-4
Release Date: September 25, 2007
Screenshots: Link
Written By: Tyler Norton

It’s hard to believe that ten years ago, Electronic Arts published what some call the best soccer video game, ever. That’s right, on June 17th, 1997, FIFA 98: Road to World Cup launched on to six major platforms. Ever since then, the FIFA series have been a staple in soccer video games. Now, ten years later, EA Canada is up to it again with their new game FIFA Soccer 08. Will it live up to the likes of ’98, or will they narrowly miss their goal? Join me as I take a look into EA Canada’s next venture into the world of soccer…

FIFA ’08 is a huge step up from past installments in the series. Offering 34 leagues and 570 teams; you’ll have more clubs and players to pick and play as than ever before. You now have the ability to choose from top clubs such as Manchester United, AC Milan, Juventus, Chelsea, and Los Angeles Galaxy with their new top man, David Beckham. You will now literally have the talent of all the best clubs in the palm of your hand.

Other stepups include the designs of both characters and stadiums. Thanks to the work of EA’s dedicated design team, the characters and stadiums are more life-like than ever. Players such as Alberto Gilardino, Kaká, Beckham, and others will now take on realistic looks that have yet to be seen in past installments of the game. These new designs will make the game seem a lot more realistic and take the game series to a whole different

Aside from the player design, the game’s graphics as a whole seem to be astonishing. The stadiums and fans look incredibly realistic and it will seem to look like you’re actually watching a match on television. Unlike the past installments that seemed to have a lack of graphic upgrade, FIFA ’08 will break away from the precedent and have an intense graphic makeover.

The gameplay for the Wii version of the game makes the game seem a lot more entertaining and will have the players feel like they’re part of the game. All of the controls are motion-sensitive, so everything you do (in your movement) is transitioned into the game. Passing requires a simple flick of the remote towards the direction you want to pass and striking the ball into the goal requires you to actually go “underneath” the ball by bending the remote slightly down and then up again. The speed and strength of the strike depends on the speed and power of your movement. As a goal keeper, you will use the remote and nunchuk to left the ball over your head and toss it in. Be warned, though, the game is incredibly sensitive and only a small flick will be required.

Also, exclusively to the Nintendo Wii, a series of mini-games will be available in which you can use your Mii. These mini-games are great for practice and will help you when you’re in mid-game. Of course, you don’t need them for practice; you can always play them for fun. Plus, FIFA Soccer ’08 will feature Wi-Fi compatibility, and allow you to play with competitors all over the world.

So, if you’re a soccer fan looking for the next top game or just a rookie looking to have fun, FIFA Soccer ’08 definitely looks to be a score…err…goal. Featuring great graphics and motion-sensitive controls, the game looks to be the next big soccer title. This game hits the shelves on September 25th, be sure to look out for it!


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