Solid Presentation. Flawed Gameplay.,
This review is from: FIFA 08 (PSP) (Video Game)
I think my title explains FIFA 08 well. I have played FIFA since 2002 and it always has been presented well. The large amount of official teams, kits, stadiums never fails to impress, and is always an advantage over Pro Evo. Add to that a pretty good soundtrack and commentary and FIFA 08 is looking good. All of this presenation is in the PSP version, and the menus are slick, however it is the on pitch gameplay that really matters, and this is where the PSP version suffers.
Having played FIFA for years on Professional or World Class difficulty I thought it would be the same for the PSP. Not so. This game is much harder!!! To the point where it is much less fun watching your opponent keep the ball and give you no space to build an attack. Even getting towards the goal to have a shot is a struggle- and only in Semi Pro mode!
FIFA 08's graphics are not too great, and that's expected for a portable game. The textures are grainy and the players themselves do not have the detail of console versions, but its still fairly good. The controls are the same as any PS2 FIFA, and you can assign movement to analog or directional buttons which is good, but I think when playing itself the controls are too sensitive.
There are some extras on the PSP version like mini games and a trivia quiz and these are pretty good, although after a few tries you'll want to head back to the pitch.
So FIFA 08 for the PSP is a good scaled down version of the console game, with all the official licenses available, but I think the gameplay is way too hard which hurts the experience. I don't think FIFA or Pro Evo has made a fantastic portable version, so I would say it's just down to personal choice.