FIFA 07 Review for Cube

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FIFA is back with brand new online Interactive Leagues.

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8Out of 10
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FIFA's back and better than ever
FIFA's back and better than ever

FIFA's back and better than ever

EA's advertising for this year's FIFA has been pretty straight to the point. "This is the season" proclaims the ad, and seeing as the TV spot is shown more frequently than Shaun Wright Phillips falls over, the message is certainly being hammered home. With the next-gen version still a few weeks away, it would be simple to assume that this season hasn't really started yet, but on current-gen systems this is most definitely the season where FIFA feels like a proper football game again.

Not content to let time and new versions pass by with nary a new feature or tweak in sight (I'm looking at you Pro Evolution Soccer), FIFA has constantly evolved, adding new gameplay mechanics and game modes in an attempt to come somewhere near to the mighty PES. FIFA 07 is by far the biggest challenge PES has faced, as it feels like a real game of football, looks great and features all the official teams and players that have always given it the authentic edge. Pro Evo's gotten a bit cocky, and FIFA is ready to ruffle a few of its feathers.

As ever, pinpointing why a football game feels right isn't easy, but in FIFA 07's case it's a combination of ball physics and player AI. It's by no means a complete overhaul from 06, but in 07 you'll notice that the ball moves more realistically, with everything from passes to saves by the goalies looking right, and team-mates will actually make smart runs off the ball - something that can't be praised highly enough. When playing as a team with good chemistry, team-mates will make overlapping runs down the wing, and your strikers will make darting runs through the centre of defence. FIFA has always been a fun game to play, but this year it feels serious at the same time.

The rather excellent first-touch system returns, once again highlighting the leaps FIFA has made when compared to PES. If you're new to FIFA the right analogue stick on your controller is basically what differentiates the game from other football titles, especially this year where the basic controls and feel of the game are remarkably similar to PES. Upon receiving the ball you simply push the right analogue stick in the direction you want to take the ball - it's that simple. It works brilliantly, and allows you to move the ball with a fluidity that is lacking in other games, fooling defenders or taking the ball from the air and delivering a blistering half volley shot.

'The rather excellent first-touch system returns, once again highlighting the leaps FIFA has made when compared to PES.'

Tricks and skills are also handled with the right stick, but rather than simply being gimmicky moves, they actually add to the gameplay. At times it's hard to believe this is the same series that regularly received a good kicking from the video game press, never matching the greatness of PES. Shooting, an area which has been open to abuse in the past, has been refined too, with timing and player skill far more important than in previous games. Apart from goalies exhibiting a weakness against free-kicks (I'm not just talking about Cristiano Ronaldo's fluky blasts), it's another area where it feels just right.

Game modes certainly aren't lacking, either. You get the usual bunch, along with the FIFA Lounge, which lets you and a few mates play together; an addictive Management mode complete with a number of sim-like options, such as transfers and the ability to watch or play as your team; team creation, multiple official tournaments, such as the Premier League and FA Cup; and online play including online leagues (online play is once again missing from the GameCube release). The online leagues are brand new to FIFA 07, and have been heavily promoted by EA, but aren't really as innovative as they seem.

The idea is that you play online as your favourite team, against other players in a schedule that mimics that of the real leagues. Results from all of the online games are tallied and overall results create a virtual league table. It's a nice enough feature, and certainly adds some spice to what could otherwise be rather tame online encounters, but it's not quite the killer new mode that EA would have you believe it is.

For the first time in years, FIFA plays like a proper game of football.

For the first time in years, FIFA plays like a proper game of football.

Online play is by far the biggest draw for players looking to get the most out of the game, but EA has crammed in a number of tricky and not so tricky challenges, which when completed earn you points. These can be spent in the fan shop, giving you access to bonus kits, new balls and a small selection of game 'enhancements', such as an overhead camera view and a selection of silly noises.

All-round presentation is as impressive as ever, with widescreen support, strong current-gen visuals, a load of licensed music, and brilliant in-game audio. Commentary once again fails to feel natural, but the sound of the fans has been captured brilliantly. It really does sound incredibly authentic, with cheers of joy when you score, and deafening jeers if you're not performing like they expect.

So, time for the big question. Is FIFA 07 the new king of football? To put it bluntly, no - but it's damn close. It's something I've thought long and hard about, but when the question is asked, PES still reigns supreme. FIFA 07 most definitely beats PES in a few areas, most notably in presentation and the brilliant first-touch control, but it's still not PES. While PES ambles along though, FIFA is making huge strides, so while in the end this might not be "the season," Pro Evolution Soccer's fall from the top might not be too far away. Still, FIFA 07 is a great game in its own right, and the best alternative players have had to PES in years.

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TRishnul, should try PES 3 compared to the latest FIFA 07. Although later version of PES tends to be a bit crappy as Konami tries to add more spice to existing title. PES 3 is the best game ever in the planet- ball motion realism and player reflects. PES 3 is way the best compared to its sucessor.
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PES6 is good but the xbox 360 version takes the it serious? there is nothing in it! i went from playstation 2 to xbox 360 the past year so i went from pes5 to pes6 but it felt like i went the other way-backwards! it lacks ALOT! no create players or even edit players or teams or anything! no saving goals! no making your own team for masterleague.. no editing the international teams-to pick the team as it should be (rep.ireland in my case) very dissapointing.. ill have to get it for my ps2.. supposed to be alot better with these features, dont know why the xbox 360 doesnt have it...its supossodly a superior machine!
Posted 01:12 on 06 April 2007
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What is the best game controller for FIFA 07 ?
Posted 17:12 on 14 March 2007
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any one needed "Manager - FIFA07" save file in this mode i will make team in this team u will found D.bacame,C.Renaldo,Alex, Henry ,Rooney ,Shah many more big PLAYERS Thous player have 85to99 performs Tow/2 ST createt have also 99 Performs any one needed send a pm because i can't find in this site any submit link Remember that i will play in mode 9
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Posted 12:19 on 08 February 2007
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thing@ Lanky

the game i think is really good.
worthwhile waiting for
Posted 00:30 on 07 January 2007
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i must say the gameplay is really good but i was dissapointed that there was only 6 leagues but i still give it a 9/10
Posted 01:45 on 31 December 2006
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PLayer y dont u just go to the game menu and then turn down the graphics resolution it wll run way smootha
Posted 06:17 on 28 December 2006
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i thought it was quite good but the graphics let the game down abit
Posted 12:48 on 02 December 2006
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dgenerationx@ Lanky

fifa 07 rocks better than pro evo the graphics are not as good as fifa 07 youre talking totally wrong dude
Posted 20:33 on 20 November 2006
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ok fifa beats pro 6 for once on the 360 but other than the online modes what have you got a pissing frendly match and a manager mode you dont have any cups or leauges you can play with your mates and wats happened to the 1st division etc dont they exsist oh thats right during a full english season we allways play in sunshine dont we? wheres the weather gone dont see any sign of rain do you or snow and why is it every time i get 6 yards from the keeper dont matter how much power you put into the shot the ball does not go any higher than a blade of grass i played the version on the old xbox and its far better xbox 360 what are you doing sort it out
Posted 18:27 on 07 November 2006
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for this console fifa 07 is the best so far, good gameplay, good player movement, better ball phyiscs and realistic goals not the usual from the centre goals and the money is real, well not like real real money but real currency and all that sh**, this is the sh**, bloodclut to dem lol
Posted 17:59 on 03 November 2006

Game Stats

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Out of 10
  • First-touch control is brilliant
  • Great presentation
  • Feels great
  • It's still not PES quality
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Release Date: 29/09/2006
Platforms: Cube , Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , Wii , DS , PS2 , Xbox , PSP , GBA
Developer: EA Canada
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Sports
No. Players: 1-4
Rating: PEGI 3+
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