Championships football game has no
club teams, only national ones, so is it worth playing?
Wow, this game has got the best football gameplay I have ever played! EA
Games have finally figured out how to match Pro Evo’s gameplay, as well as
to improve on their own FIFA 08 game. It really is good, as each part of the
gameplay is brilliant and it has no obvious faults. The AI is better, player
movement is better, defenders defend better etc.
In UEFA Euro
2008 you can play as any of the international teams that are eligible for
the European Championships, and you can start at the beginning of the
qualifying campaign or go straight to the finals themselves. What I like
about this game is the fact that you can be countries like Andorra or
Kazakhstan. It’s stupidly enjoyable, and a good challenge, trying to win the
European championships with a country like Kazakhstan.
This game has various modes, including a very impressive
‘Captain your Country’ mode, where you the play the tournament with one
player from a country. He can be created, or can be a player that already
exists, but the idea is to control him through the whole tournament rather
than just in one game, and ensure his performances are good enough to be
made captain by the final. This game mode is my favorite mode because you
can actually create yourself, put yourself in the game, and try and win the
EA Games have also included a penalty shootout mode which is
brilliant if you don’t fancy playing a match. You can spend ages doing
penalty shootouts with England vs. Portugal, and trying to save Cristiano
Ronaldo’s penalties. There is also a mode called ‘Story of Qualifying’ and
it’s basically events that happened in recent championships, and you either
help one country to change history or help a country make history.
The graphics are another impressive side of the game. The match effects are
fantastic, and it really has moved a notch ahead of all recent football
games. The pitch quality in each country is different and fantastic, while
the weather has a bigger impact on playing styles as when it rains a wet
pitch will see the ball move quickly than on a dryer pitch, however muddy
pitches can get quite sticky.
By far, this is the best commentary ever from a football game. Usually there
is something annoying about it, but in this game both commentators are good
and also know what they are talking about. The crowds are also good, and
will be quite hostile when you’re playing away from home during
There is a good online game mode where you compete in a tournament with a
team of your choice. Given that you’re playing human opponents it is very
satisfying to win this tournament.
Unfortunately there are no club teams, so the game is limited in that
respect, but with the great gameplay, fun game modes, and mini games like
the penalty shootout, you will be playing it for a while.
Despite the fact you are limited to just a tournament, UEFA Euro 08 is
probably the best football game I’ve ever played.
Overall Score: 92%