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4.0 out of 5 stars Like Intel's turnaround against AMD, EA switch on the style, 5 Nov. 2007
This review is from: FIFA 08 (PS3) (Video Game)
After the rather wonderful trio of being impressed by PSP Fifa, a delightful £25 price tag and reports of this years PES being a mild tragedy, I decided to fully complete my PES-Fifa switch by opting to get the full on PS3 version.

Truth be told, I'm finding it a joy. I quickly jumped into a Liverpool derby and found the translation from handheld to console nice and easy. The presentation (as to be expected) is fantastic from EA. Wonderful licencing and fluid animations. Even with the passing assistance on (which can be disabled to give you true control over pass direction), I was able to bang together some really satisfying fluid moves. The commentry highlighting my play and picking up on the confidence of players who are doing particularly well. In fact, the commentry is a joy, a constant stream of natural sounding dialogue with little anecdotes about Liverpool's new American owners and a demand for success this season. I've also heard reports that lower league teams can see some dedicated soundbytes for their teams, not bad if you're a die hard Championship player.

So after nipping in for a game, I decided to try the much touted Be A Pro mode. At this stage, you can play single training matches with EA planning to roll out 5v5 and then 11v11 matches in the future, this also bodes well for EA's commitment to online support. Be A Pro basically puts you in control of a nominated player for the duration of a match (or their subsitute when subbed). I decided to see how I fared as Ryan Babel on Liverpools left wing. Rather quickly you notice you have to play with a different tactic. The camera gives the player an intuitive 'best view' of the pitch as viewed from behind the player. Zooming out when coming into your area, zooming right in steady cam style when you steam into the box. I had the icon assistance on and was continually prompted about maintaining position, player threats as I roamed my left flank. The old pulse began to race a bit when I called for a pass and with gentle nudge of the right stick, Babel nicked the ball with some first time control and hammered past the defender. I slung a ball into the area and the defence nicked it away from Torres. Afterwards, I felt a real sense of achievement as I had contributed to the team. Even better, shortly after that incident, Torres smacked the crossbar from the edge of the box, the ball hit the diving goalie on the back of the head as it came back out killing it in the 6 yard box, and who was there to follow it up? A genuine shout of "YES" when Babel slotted it in. Quite far from the 45 yard glamour goals from Fifa of old, thats something you could quite easily see on Match Of The Day.

This, is all I have been playing recently. The joy of setting up a goal from the right, getting in for a tackle, discipline of position and not wearing down stamina, a totally different game to the total control of the usual single player game.

Is there anything wrong with the game? Well every now and again, there can be the odd piece of suspect placement or saving from the keeper (ie, I saw Pennant recreate David Seaman's Ronaldiniho blunder from the Japan World Cup), but perhaps this falls into the remit of acceptable human error from what shouldn't be a robotic keeper. Anything else, such as passing blunders, can be put down to your own errors! I've seen comments such as 'players and passing on rails' but to be fair all of that can be disabled in the menus, or addressed by getting to know the controls (such as being able to cancel player movement and run in a free direction when being passed to). I personally always felt in control of my players, especially when it came to trying to use skill moves. Always feeling like I pulled off what is happening on screen as opposed to luck of the keybashing.

So all in all, I'm really enjoying the switch to Fifa. Looking forward to taking some skills online when I feel comfortable.
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