This superb and popular footie game has always been just
behind great rivals ‘Pro Evolution Soccer’... until now, as FIFA ‘07 shines
to become the best football game.
first whistle in FIFA ‘07 it is obvious that the new game has been improved,
it’s not just an annual update, and the changes to the gameplay have been
done in a good way. In the game they have upgraded the shooting a lot, with
success depending partly on where you are and which is your stronger foot.
If you are right footed and you’re running and about to shoot on the left
side of the box the chances of it going in are very unlikely, while if
you’re approaching from the right or more central, it could go in. The
enhanced AI ensures that your players make realistic decisions, finding
space, making good runs, and passing like professional footballers would.
Off the pitch, player values and wages have been improved to be more up to
date and realistic.
game modes remain the same but they have slightly altered the manager mode.
The best introduction to the game though is the new player growth system,
which is very realistic and simple. In brief, it is a fact that players
under 25 usually get better, while those over 30 generally decline in skill
as the peak age for a footballer is roughly 25-30. Therefore in the game,
players like Giuseppe Rossi and Theo Walcott become incredible (Walcott
starts off with a skill rating of 76/99 and in ten years he becomes 99/99,
while players like Jens Lehmann start off as 86/99 and in five years decline
to 66/99). Therefore the game becomes very realistic, and the need for
youngsters is never ending, but if you get a good scout to go out and
search, he will find you some good youngsters every now and again. The
youngsters usually start off at around skill level 40-60, but get better as
they approach their peak.
For Arsenal fans - Wenger has really helped you as all the youth players
become pretty good or ‘allstars’.
in the game are very good, and have also been improved. The player faces are
very realistic, and pitches start to look rough during the winter and
towards the end of the season.
commentary is pretty much the same as last time but it is still really good,
while the crowd chanting is excellent with the noise building up as your
team attacks more, while they go rather quiet if you’re struggling. As
always the music soundtrack is good, and they’ve managed to include some
great songs from this year (and some not so good ones!)
lasts a long time with the new more in depth manager mode, and several other modes. It’s
going to keep me going for a long time, and I don’t think it will disappoint
many of you.
This new and improved footie game is up there with the best, and if you’re a
fan of the FIFA series, or football in general, you can’t fail to enjoy
this. Pro Evo - you have met your match!
Overall Score: 92%