FIFA 08 tips off 10-player online

Five-on-five matches for EA Sports' annual soccer sim now available to PS3 and Xbox 360 owners in US and Europe.

One of the more prominent additions to EA Sports' annual footie franchise FIFA Soccer is be a pro mode. Similar to superstar mode in Madden NFL, be a pro lets gamers take to the pitch as a single player in an offline match, as opposed to controlling an entire squad. The mode quickly led to speculation that an online-enabled version was in the works.

In August, EA happily confirmed that speculation, stating that PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners in the US and Europe will see the feature six to eight weeks after the game's respective October 9 and September 28 launches. Hitting sooner than later, EA today announced that Be A Pro: Online Team Play is now available as a free, automatic update for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

In Be A Pro Online, 10 self-styled football stars can take to the pitch five to a side for a single match. Filling out the remaining 11 slots will be computer-controlled teammates. Gamers have the option of being limited to a specific location, roaming freely, or a combination of the two. According to an EA representative, dropped connections will result in all players having to restart the match, and the mode will not replace the standard one-on-one online matches already offered.

FIFA 08 is the most recent of EA Sports' sports sims titles to offer online team play. The publisher plans to add five-on-five support to NBA Live 08 later this month, and three-on-three online play for NHL 08 is available in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game.

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lapulid2
lapulid2

5v5 is great! if one person quits, ai does pick his man up. the match does not end as long there is one v one.

bensmizzle
bensmizzle

does nebody know if u can play fifa 08 for ps3 online in australia because i wont buy it unless u can play exhibitions against others online plz reply

BarNone101
BarNone101

5 on 5 is one of the most addicting features ever to be brought to a sports game i think i found my substitute for Halo 3...Cant wait for 11 vs 11(hopefully)

Le-Beave
Le-Beave

Hmmm if i go online though... won't that delete all of my created players because it updates squads etc????

koHd
koHd

Ok been playing it for the last two hours and...it's really great when you have players on your team that A; Communicate using the headset, and B; Are actually decent and don't just run with the ball into the opposition constantly. Lag can be an issue. Not graphically, but in terms of reaction time. I've found it really hard if you're against a team that's constantly pressing you. The time between you pressing pass and it actually happening is frustrating at times. Also, the AI is surprisingly bad. Especially in defence. They sometimes just stand there while the ball is 2 feet away and let the opposition run from 10 yards away to take it. Odd. But all in all it's a really great feature and one I think I'll be playing with more than standard one v one. When you get a good group of players the atmosphere and excitment is alot of fun.

koHd
koHd

Can't wait to try this out...just turning it on! Woo!

macp90s
macp90s

I just finished play 5v5 and I have to say it rocks. I experinced no lag, and it was great fun. I have been playing it for about 4 hours and it just doesn't get boring. This is a great addition to the game. They should make it so at half time we could chat to the people on our team. It would make for a more united team effort. 11v11, I think is on the way for sure, but 5v5 is a great start.

chupamelpo
chupamelpo

Soccer it's the gratest sport in the planet, but I find it boring in a game.

Ottozero
Ottozero

Cool.....this is a great start....but how about entire teams (except the bench warmers..) be playable.. 11 vs 11 etc... Yeah Add Team support (Clan) and This is the Future...!

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

The demo was pretty good i might pick it up but i hope lag, dropping won't be a big issue

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

well i have to hand it to EA, making the update free was pretty good.

X_CAPCOM_X
X_CAPCOM_X

At least they listen to their fans and react speedily.

vass86
vass86

too late, i traded it for PES. i liked FIFA this year but there was no decent season mode and you could only play a friendly in "be a pro". it just felt unfinished

tamsj04
tamsj04

Just played 2 games of 5v5 and it's great really works well and there was no disconnects

DarqFlare
DarqFlare

The only issue I see with this is the whole "dropped connections will result in all players having to restart the match." This poses a serious issue, as any one in ten people can cause everybody else to have to restart the entire match.

gnbfd
gnbfd

Well. ****. Still no wii support *sigh*

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

kinda neat. I'm sure I'll give this a run with a couple buddies on Live fairly soon.

Lord_Bafford
Lord_Bafford

all that is well and good. but couldn't they have put a little more effort into making the PC version? its riddled with the same old bugs from '07 and has the same graphics.

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

I dont usualluy play football games but I might get this one. Though if a player dropped out couldent they be replaced by a computer? then againg that is not fair for the team that lost the player, or the other team depending on how good the AI is.

buzzguy
buzzguy

This is a great start. I imagine this feature will only get better on subsequent releases. Better start practicing my crosses and nutmegs!

topps
topps

man it's a little rough having to restart the match if 1 person disconnects. I guess they couldn't swap them out with an AI dude on the fly. I just don't know how many games will make it to the end if it only takes 1 person to leave to reset the match.

turb06
turb06

australians cant use this feature.

fenwickhotmail
fenwickhotmail

nice cant w8 to try it. maybe this is where future football games are headed?

teirdome
teirdome

This is kinda cool. Not sure if you could ever do the full 11 on 11, but it would be awesome. I at least wish they would let the 10 players play cooperatively for a season or something along those lines.