FIFA 07 First Impressions

We score our first look at the upcoming 2007 installment of EA Sports' long-running soccer series.

Currently scheduled for release in October, FIFA 07 is the appropriately named sequel to EA Sports' superb FIFA 06--the disappointing 2006 FIFA World Cup doesn't count. Very little is known about FIFA 07 at this point, but during a recent meeting with Electronic Arts we had an opportunity to check out early PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions of the game, and also to chat with members of the EA Canada development team about their plans. We didn't get to see many of the FIFA 07's new features in action on this occasion, but the game is already a lot of fun to play, and should only get better as more of the ideas that we were told about are implemented.

FIFA 07 appears to play a more physical game of soccer than its predecessor.

Our time with FIFA 07 was limited to playing a few quick matches, so the new features and improvements that we got to check out for ourselves were all on the field of play. Visually, FIFA 07 already looks quite polished, with lifelike soccer players running around in instantly recognizable stadiums. The player animation in FIFA 07 appears to be even more realistic than that in previous FIFA offerings, and while that's impressive from a visual standpoint, what's important to note is that the more realistic player movement also has an impact on (or perhaps is as a result of improvements to) gameplay. Perhaps the most obvious example of this is that players now accelerate and decelerate gradually, which makes their movements look more fluid and also forces you to pass the ball more often because your players aren't able to beat defenders so easily. Players from opposing teams will also jostle each other for position a lot more in FIFA 07 than in previous games, and because the ball physics have been improved the players have different animations for controlling it with different parts of their bodies.

The other immediately noticeable improvement on the field in FIFA 07 was its shooting system. In previous FIFA games it could be quite frustrating to miss a shot at goal through no fault of your own, simply because the player taking the shot didn't have great attributes. In FIFA 07, factors other than your players' attributes will play a much larger role in determining the quality of your shot, such as the shape of your player when he takes the kick, the angle of the kick, and the speed of the previous pass if you're shooting on your first touch. Furthermore, by holding down a shoulder button as you shoot you'll be able to take a less powerful but more accurate "finesse shot" with the side of your foot.

FIFA 07 appears to play a more physical game of soccer than its predecessor.

Off the field, even more significant changes are planned, the most exciting of which is undoubtedly the interactive league mode. After letting FIFA 07 know which soccer team you support in real life, the interactive league mode will give you an opportunity to represent them in an online league that uses the same schedule as the real competition. If the team that you support is playing against Manchester United in real life, for example, then on match day and the days either side of it, you'll be able to pit your team against Manchester United players online and have your results contribute to the online league.

Other improvements planned for FIFA 07 include a new player progression system for the manager mode that will encourage you to put young players in your squad, and more realistic financial dealings that use real money instead of points. We look forward to bringing you more information on FIFA 07 as soon as it becomes available.

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39 comments
skater13148
skater13148

FiFa Fer LiFE dude....bt i really hope thre aint no frame rate issue's like in da 2006 Fifa world cup...cross me fingers tight n hope fer da best...lol

y0bob
y0bob

The play videos look decent. Think its worth a try.

RapperX23
RapperX23

I hope its at least as good as '06. If it is i'm addin' it to my collection!

kotomoto2006
kotomoto2006

I hope this FIFA is better than any other sport game but i don't think so and i don't like it when i be disappointed

ov3rdance
ov3rdance

if you think PES better than Fifa go ahead buy it. i can't wait for Fifa 07, i'm enjoy playing it since Fifa 05 and O6, Fifa 07 will be fun too, manager mode is awsome.

Sephiroth1315
Sephiroth1315

PES wil always be better than FIFA. But.... if fifa got the gameplay like pes then it would be better due to the graphics. Also.. if PES get their graphics better and more official stuff. It would be the best ever

Ducky_
Ducky_

I have never liked the PES games much I must admit that a few Pro evo's Have been better then some of the older Fifa's. In the last few years Fifa has got better but PES has got slower.. The work put into Fifa is great it's not to real that you have to be spot on every time it's just right.

Newky_Brown
Newky_Brown

Never quite see the point of FIFA to be honest. People above have said it gets better every year, but any time I play it, there still seems to be the overall feel that the creators have never actually played or seen a football match. Pro evo does'nt always get better with every upgrade, and yes, it does'nt have the full kits, sponsorship etc, but it does play an almost spot on game of football. And, from what I have been reading, will now have the window dressing of kits etc, which EA's fanboys seem to love so much. Don't get me wrong, I like that jazz as much as the next person, but I don't see how that justifies paying all that cash for another clone.

SaMyBoY2k6
SaMyBoY2k6

Pro Evo has always been better than fifa and this time it probably wont change

martian999
martian999

No way man, although pro evo might not thave all the sponsors that fifa has, it has MUCH better gameplay, which is what in my opinion counts.

Keith4RFC17
Keith4RFC17

Pro Evo or Fifa well you know what when it comes to realism i always go for Fifa Pro Evo lack so much in their games they dont have as much sponsors as what Fifa do and will most likely never will

GT_King
GT_King

I'm definitely getting FIFA 07, I've had every FIFA since '99 and I just never connected with PES. FIFA just seems to me so much better in my view, and no it's not fanboyism

d-suhiti
d-suhiti

Cant wait for the 360 HD version!!!!!!!!

sportfreak_7
sportfreak_7

They aren't making WE 2007 for the Xbox, so this is my only choice

Beinem
Beinem

i actually didn't see a difference between them.. they were just the same!

PhantomDX
PhantomDX

the gameplay of pes is the similar every game but fifa changes e.g. look at fifa 06 and fifa world cup

Mahellan
Mahellan

FIFA 07 is going to be the best game ever!

princecas
princecas

the winning eleven series are great but we must admit that fifa is getting better

gta_kid1
gta_kid1

yay fifa's cool but pro evo is king

sitruk3012
sitruk3012

nothing fifa does this year will make it as good as pes 6 in HD on 360

gromitt
gromitt

Just patcha version of PES 5 on PC and you can get real kits.. www.wevolution.com tonnes of kits on there..

hustler69me
hustler69me

Dont waste your time ladz......Its all about the Pro Evo! There can be only ONE!

DarkViper1
DarkViper1

yay! another FIFA :) hope the improvements work then this game will rock! :D

360simondo
360simondo

i hope this game is good last one (fifa 06) wasnt amazing but i luv fifa games so ill buy it and ill also buy pro evo so it dunt matter but i buy fifa for its official teams n leagues its quality

koreanidiot1
koreanidiot1

can fifa actually be better than winning elven next year! =O

ross_rosco
ross_rosco

they should make long-shots ever-so-slightly easier as adds entertainment value. will definately buy it anyway

real_nimrod
real_nimrod

the chances of this being better than PES4 are low, the chances of this being better than PES5 are lower. Even in the same league as PES6 when that comes out...don't make me laugh...

Beinem
Beinem

oh and by the way..not all kits are right...if you look at barcelona's kit or Arsenals or any other club or country that has a nike tick, you will not find it..but it only was in world cup 2006..not in any of the other games

pspmad1
pspmad1

atleast pro evo is a challenge

DanC1989
DanC1989

Fifa, superb? :lol: Justin Calvert plays Pro Evo all of the time :D

Beinem
Beinem

It exactly looks like Fifa 06 which was one of the worst football game i've ever played...what's the point of making the same game every year? same graphics, same gameplay and everything :S...Pro evolution soccer 6 would be much better...so i think if you've already got 06 dont buy this when it comes out..its just a waste of money

bamir0
bamir0

Why anyone would choose fifa over PES is beyond me. I guess some people can't see beyond flashy presentation and correct player names.

Satanmar
Satanmar

would be surprised if it was better then PES6, I know there are many football fans out there that love FIFA and it understandable. FIFA as official replica tops but I landed upon the superpatch for PES5 and it gives you all the new tops so really FIFA as very little in my view to offer.

dodger2bking
dodger2bking

I dono - I'll wait and see how Pro Evolution Soccer 6 turns out.

skater13148
skater13148

yeapss it looks pretty darn gewd....n definitely a must buy for fifa lovers ;)