FIFA 2008

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  1. YeahBee

    YeahBee Terrible hot takes

    FIFA 2008

    Was kinda disapointedwith the latest instalement lets hope the next one kicks as, I am a faithful fifait and will never surrender

    Official trailer

    FIFA 08 First Look
    With more than 600 teams, skill moves and the new Be a Pro mode, EA finally puts its best foot forward.
    by Jonathan Miller

    June 1, 2007 - Joe Booth has a dream.

    The FIFA 08 next-gen producer imagines an EA virtual world cup, online, 11 on 11, featuring the best videogame soccer players on the planet. Coinciding with the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, each gamer will grab a player and, with 10 friends, begin a soccer assault on the rest of the planet. Right now it's just a dream, a goal for the future of FIFA online, but it all starts with Be a Pro in FIFA 08.

    We sat down with Booth and his team at EA Canada to get our first look at FIFA 08 and the new Be a Pro mode. Booth, a native of England, was decked out in his finest Leeds United jersey and made an exciting announcement: FIFA 08 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will feature 30 leagues, 620 teams and about 15,000 players.

    Not only is that a record for FIFA -- Booth worked on the excellent FIFA 07 on current gen that featured only a whopping 27 leagues -- but that's more teams than every other EA Sports title combined. In short, Leeds United is back. But what about EA's soccer franchise?

    Well, let's say you want to take control of Leeds striker David Healy. And by take control, we mean complete control. In the new Be a Pro mode, you select any player from a squad and control him the entire match in what is almost like a third-person soccer game. The new camera system will zoom in and out to continually frame your player, the ball and the goal. If Healy is zipping up the field on a breakaway, the camera will zoom in and shake, just like the Gears of War embedded journalist cam.

    As you play, you'll receiver a number of visual prompts to indicate if you are out of position, where you should run to into space, if you're offside. And even if you're not playing with a game-changing superstar like Ronaldinho, you are still rewarded by how well you play your position. Of course, if you're simply bored, you can pause the game and switch to a more exciting player at any time. The most popular position at EA so far is central midfielder. It's great to score with a striker, but attacking midfielders are always in on the action and it's just as fun to create a goal with a slick pass.

    Keep in mind that Be a Pro isn't like Madden's Superstar mode with a soccer ball. You aren't creating a player and following his career on the way to the FIFA hall of fame. Be a Pro is simply a new way to play on the virtual pitch -- and a nice thought since innovation in soccer games has become pretty much stagnant.

    Still, Be a Pro isn't a replacement for the 11-on-11 action that we have come to know and love. It's great to play as your favorite player but nothing is better than creating an amazing goal with your favorite team. So when Booth and his team took the next-gen reins, they made a long list of improvements that needed to be made. First on the list was shooting.

    We got a chance to crack a few shots from distance and the difference in shooting is immediately noticeable. Long shot specialists like Steven Gerrard will finally be weapons in FIFA, thanks to a dynamic shooting meter and the FIFA physics system introduced in 07. When you're in perfect position, the power meter will slowly increase as you hold the shot button. When you let go, you'll rip a powerful shot that has a great chance of being on goal (rather than on the lap of a player's wife in the seventh row).

    Shots will become more difficult to hit based on a number of conditions. Has the ball just bounced? Is it rolling toward or away from the player? How fast is the player running? Is it his off foot? Not only will this increase the speed of the shot meter, but the ball will also take some wild trajectories depending on just how far off center your shot is. Moral of the story? Work for a good shot. Thankfully, you'll have some extra tools at your disposal to do so.

    When you hit the slow-pace button, you will now have an arsenal of skill moves available. Cristiano Ronaldo will dazzle you with step-overs. Ronaldinho will embarrass you with the flip flap. Watch out for feints, spins and the rainbow. All of these will be accessible on the right stick while running at slow pace. At regular speed, the knock-the-ball-into-space move mapped to the right stick will return, which we don't like because it doesn't work.

    Visually, FIFA 08 will run at 60 frames per second and it also utilizes a fancy animation system similar to what you've seen in Madden 08 and NBA Street Homecourt. Basically, animations blend smoothly together so you can run in and out of motions without being trapped in one animation. It's still very early and EA has yet to tack on that extra visual polish, but the build we saw looked very similar to FIFA 07.

    In terms of modes, EA is holding off details on Manager Mode and online for now, although we have one delicious nugget for you. Interactive Leagues will make their 360 and PS3 debut. Pick your favorite team. When it plays, you play. EA will tally all the wins and losses and declare a winner. EA also hinted at traditional online leagues with your buddies, but we'll have to wait and see.

    Until then, be sure to check out our interview with Ronaldinho on location at a motion-capture session in Barcelona. We've also got an exclusive photo gallery of international soccer stars Andreas Ivanschitz, Tranquillo Barnetta, Miroslav Klose, and Sergio Ramos. Finally, check out IGN Weekly on Friday night as we take you behind the scenes of FIFA 08 to bring you a real-time motion capture session with Ronaldinho and company. Time to lace up your boots.

    I can't wait for the Pro mode, I loved Libero Grande for ps1

    DREVAK New Member

    First, whoa, that song brings back memories. Wasn't it in an early FIFA intro?

    Second, no way is that the official trailer. If it is, then it is possibly the worst game trailer ever.

    Third, I just don't know. I don't really play it often, nor do I play PES much, but PES just feels more like football. It is far from perfect, one might say it looks corny, but I think the action and gameplay are much closer to real football than FIFA.

    Not to mention PES allows you to control a single player already, althought it seems FIFA's feature will be more of a special 'ingame game', it already takes into account all the things mentioned in the paragraph starting with 'Shots will become...' and so on and so forth. It just seems to me EA wants to put ubercool (for some) features without focusing on the football itself.
  3. Christofaux

    Christofaux New Member

    I cant wait for be a pro mode, and i hope they build on it, so we get a career mode similar to those in the Madden games. Would be cool so you can actually play a career, start somewhere small, move somewhere big then go somewhere bigger. especially after just seeing Goal 2 for the first time :p . Would be wicked to run out into the stadiums in the first person view and goal celebrations in first person view. They could probably implement that all in one go, but for the sake of money they will do it peice by peice. Anyhoo i love the Fifa games and i loved the champions league ultiamte team mode (untill my team mysteriously got half deleted :( )

    Imagine playing the 11 on 11 matches, as long as the lag is ok it would be so good. They could have international tournaments where the best 16/18 of a country get to face off against each other
  4. stuart

    stuart New Member Trusted

    Henry scored against Barca :(

    I said i would buy Pro evo next but having now played both most recent additions of Fifa and PES i dont think either are particuarly great. This new Player career, like on NFL is swining me back in Fifa's direction but im not one for constantly buying the latest additions. I really dont wanna pay another £35 and get fed up with it

    The problems i have ......
  5. Lukazan

    Lukazan New Member Elite

    Erm.... either they haven't changed ANYTHING or those are just clips from FIFA 07...

    Seriously, it's indentical.
  6. RC8

    RC8 New Member Elite

    That's not the official trailer Lukazan, that's just FIFA 07.

    It sounds great. I can't wait to try the new mode. Hopefully they are serious with it.
  7. Rocafella

    Rocafella New Member

    If onl they intoduced something like this on Pro Evo, and show EA how to really do it. :)
  8. Christofaux

    Christofaux New Member

    IVe played fifa champions league since the day of its release and its still going strong for me. I cant get enough of Fifa. I have never really tried pro evo, but im one of those people who is big on real player names etc.
  9. Lukazan

    Lukazan New Member Elite

    Good option file sorts all that out. You'll need a device to get the option from your PC to your memory card though, unless you play on PC.
  10. >YounGunner<

    >YounGunner< New Member

    Fifa is so ****. I'm not even joking here.

    Looking at that trailer my word they still have not learnt.

    They give the player little control over the footballers. I mean every thing is so robotic the way they move, shot and finish.

    With Pro you get so much control. Its so much more flexiable.

    And why does every single player look like body builders? ****.

    Fifa has been getting worse each year. I have not bought it since 2003 which was a decent game.
    The PS1 Fifa games where much more better.
  11. RC8

    RC8 New Member Elite

    That is not the trailer, that is FIFA 07 for XBOX. It's been stated numerous times.
  12. stuart

    stuart New Member Trusted

    :shock: So you enjoyed the tap the button and score methods? Those games were a waste of time they were so easy. Im not sure, with this instalment anyway, that you do get more control, every first touch has you chasing the ball half way down the pitch
  13. >YounGunner<

    >YounGunner< New Member

    Well i cant remember how the old fifas where but i can remember i enjoyed them a hell lot better.

    The current Fifa games are robotic. Its an awful football game and has been on the way down each year.

    In the Fifa games dribbling is non exsistant. It looks unrealistic and robotic in movement. You have little control over the shotting and the same type of shots occor each and every time. Dont get me started with shotting out side the box.

    Tackling is also crap and repetitive in movement..

    Pro in every single way beats this game with ease.
  14. stuart

    stuart New Member Trusted

    In your opinion it does. Not in the millions that buy Fifa obviously

    Im not being funny, but the worst thing about PES has got to be the tackling imo even more so than the shooting
  15. Lukazan

    Lukazan New Member Elite

    The shooting, close and long range, is miles ahead of PES'.

    The fact the ball goes where you want it to in FIFA is enough.
  16. Rocafella

    Rocafella New Member

    The fact that Gilberto can score from 30 yards with relative ease shows just how simple this game is. It really is a joke just how easy it is to score on this game.
  17. illmatik

    illmatik Active Member

    The current FIFA version on 360 has so many glitches and problems, it's ridiculous....anyone ever do the 'finesse shot" where you stand near the 18 and just chip it right into the corner above the keepers head? :lol: That works everytime, no matter the player. And how about that speed glitch where you go 10x faster?

    Man I hope FiFA 08 gets more realistic
  18. >YounGunner<

    >YounGunner< New Member

    well said
  19. entropy13

    entropy13 New Member

    You can always play the PC Version and download the CEP (Career Expansion Pack) for it. It has numerous additional leagues and nations (hence more players), and is harder than the "original version" of the game. I've played CEP versions of 2006 and 2007 and they're certainly a big improvement from the original.
  20. Kentacula

    Kentacula New Member

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