TGS '07: FIFA 08 Hands-On

Set for release in just over a week, EA Sports' FIFA 08 is all but in the bag. We played a couple of games at the TGS PlayStation booth to check out how it's shaping up.

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While the battle between FIFA and Winning Eleven/Pro Evolution Soccer is closely fought in the UK, it seems like FIFA has trouble even getting a look in Japan At press day at this year's Tokyo Game Show, you face a wait of more than 20 minutes to play on one of the many Pro Evo 2008 machines, while at the Sony PlayStation stand, you can walk up and easily secure a place on a single FIFA 08 console. From what we played though, it was Japan's loss because FIFA 08 offers a very playable game of football.

We played a couple of games at the stand, one as AC Milan and another as Barcelona, against a couple of different demonstrators who were manning the booth. And despite losing the first game 2-0, we have to say that we still enjoyed our two 10-minute matches. The game feels tighter this year, with fewer fouls and penalties resulting in a very flowing game. Having said that, the referee seemed to be missing from the pitch, so maybe this is one of the last features waiting to be dropped into the game.

We already covered the new features of FIFA 08 in some depth at the Leipzig Game Convention, so this was really a chance to accustom ourselves with the gameplay itself. The animation system is as polished as ever, meaning that these sporting gods move in an incredibly realistic fashion. The effectiveness of sliding tackles seems to have been toned down, and we had more luck bringing two defenders onto opposing players instead.

Arguably the most fun we had was toying around with the trick system, which is mapped to the L2 button and the right analog stick. Players now perform advanced moves with even more finesse than in previous games, and depending on their skill level, they can now be used to cut swathes through the midfield. Exceptional players, such as Barcelona's Ronaldinho, are able to perform signature moves and feints. They also seemed to be more successful at doing them at speed.

Visually, the game is looking very polished, with the best player likenesses seen in any football game yet. In particular, the cloth deformation looked extremely realistic, while the kits and billboards naturally boasted all the correct sponsorship information.

We would have loved to see more of the modes in the latest FIFA, but with the game hitting the streets at the end of September, we won't have long to wait to play the finished thing. Will it be the football game to play through 2008? We look forward to finding out.

Discussion

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sl33pingforest
sl33pingforest

i have not played this yet but its fifa and thanks to my genes(jamaican and british) i love FOOTBALL(not soccer u bloody americans) but i plan on getting this when i get my 360 i love my FOOTBALL.... and from wt ive seen seems pretty good and prolly the only ppl who thinks this game suck r the same people calling it soccer

atlas400
atlas400

daim u guys r fckin retarded. first , last year and years before u guys asked for a more reall football game. now that u guys have it, u guys r **** about it that its a bit too realistic. like WTF? what do u guys want? it has good graphics, game play is realistic, teams n stadiums r official. what else u want?

concon42
concon42

After playing the FIFA 08 demo on xbox 360 i am sorry to say that this game was very unimpressive. EA said this would be a more in depth FIFA 07 with better and new features. After playing it it seems like even the fastest players sprint is so slow you can catch up easily with a defender without even sprinting. The precise shot is virtually useless. the view is from much farther away making the goals feel alot smaller. FIFA 07 has just has a flow to the gameplay that FIFA 08 lacks. Definitely stay with 07 and winning eleven 08.

Cirus2
Cirus2

Still feels like a Fifa game, this game is no fun at all... not matter what team u play against in semi pro they play like barcalona plus you never see the CPU miss pass a ball like in real like? plus they just attack down the wings 24/7 and cross every time.

Felipe_Andias
Felipe_Andias

I've been a loyal fan of Winning Eleven series (or Pro Evo in Europe)...anyway, gameplay at Fifa has evolved so f*** much trough the years that It seems that this time Fifa 08 will kick WEs ass (just watch the trailers explainin the gameplay, new players AI individual and as a team, new cameras). Konami guys be prepared, this time its your turn to evolve.

MGSteve
MGSteve

@ swift_muziq (his post is on the next page) - you're comparing FIFA08 with PES6 I presume, that's not exactly a fair comparison is it? PES2008 is the first real next-gen version of PES and should be the one you compare it to.

battle_chaser9
battle_chaser9

I just read a review on FIFA 08 on EGM today and they are all drooling all over this game, they gave it 9.0s and it tied for game of the month. From playing the demo I was really impressed with the pro mode camera it was unbelievable and I felt really immersed all the way through it just sucks that it was only 4 minutes long, I cannot wait till the 9th to play this!!!! I need this game NOW!!!!

Trent_Yamasaka
Trent_Yamasaka

i dunno why you even bother just attacking each other, they're both good games, i play both and they both have something the other lacks, so instead of annoying everyone by moaning about which ones better, just don't buy the game, don't come and look at the reviews and most of all, don't buy the game.

jimmz22
jimmz22

Fifa has been released so why isnt there a review yet?

Penguno
Penguno

I bet half of those saying fifa suck havent even played the game and havents seen the full game... and which idiot thinks he can score 11 goals????

Leefx
Leefx

A quick message for Princecake who further down makes reference to FIFA WCG!!! LOL you need to get up to speed mate (man thats funny, what a walley!) have you not had a job for the last 2 years or somethin, get some new games mate, I would love to see you score 20 goals on the new FIFA mate on the easiest level, you can have Brazil and the CPU can be Qatar or somethin! well at least you made me laugh!

Leefx
Leefx

Im sorry people but by slagging either of these 2 games you just make yourself look stupid, these are both great games in their own right....while FIFA looks a hell of a lot nicer and is more simulation play and indeed a much greater challenge than pro evo (which is why most pro evo fans dont like it cos they get frustrated cos they cant score any goals) but hey, not everybody wants that and when friends are round Pro Evo is definately the game of choice because it has a more flowing and arcadey feel to it and is (when playing 2 player games) much more fun, I have to say that the demo i played of Pro Evo is looking very nice this year and they have tidied up the graphics and animation, but most importantly the ball finally feels like it has some weight to it, I am so glad they finally sorted the ball physics out and they have done a cracking job by the looks of it. So as i said these are both great footy games so stop whinging about one or the other and just ENJOY!!!!

atlas400
atlas400

daim some of u guys r retarded. u guys say u can score like 11 goals in one match in fifa. try playin da demo for fifa 08. it on semi pro n its hard as fck. i thnk fifa is goin to be better diz year . trust me

_Samsung_
_Samsung_

they're both good in different ways....SO FAR.... because the past ones of pro evo are games good realism however the shootin goes retard style sometimes....ON THE OTHER HAND....FIFA has been good with the licensin and stuff, however unlike pro evo, you can't run into a player and get the ball you have to press O and [] to "properly tackle" them....BUT....I rekon a big change is for BOTH of them this year. coment on dis n' tel me if ye agree wid me

raznaq
raznaq

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wargod53
wargod53

"(PES doesnt even have an energy bar)" Yes it does, you are just too much of an idiot to know how to turn it on

alonsovg
alonsovg

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Joeh87
Joeh87

Great post Swift_muziq :) 110% correct and the retail version has pretty much every bug fixed according to the Q&A over at fifasoccerblog.com!

swift_muziq
swift_muziq

FIFA 08 is the most realistic football game ever, I'll explain why. At first i didnt like this Demo, thinking it was slow, Stiff and had poorer graphics. I played it time and time again and realised so many things. The game isnt slow, when the game starts each player gets a feel of the ball and gains momentum as each individual gets a touch. Each player speeds up with the ball, building momentum they same way a car does, they don't automaticaly go from 0mph to 35mph in 1 seconds. Each player is an individual within their category. Defenders dribble slower than midfielders and are built to mark, tackle best and defend. Midfielders have better dribbling pace & speed, and handle tricks alot better. Strikers have more powerful shots, a very fast sprinting pace when in stride. Players have realistic energy and cant sprint from one side of the pitch to the other and not slow down, like on PES. (PES doesnt even have an energy bar) The Ai is extremely authentic and smart Each player lives up to the 1000 thoughts per second per player, Defenders dont bunch up by attacking 1 player with 3 men like PES, they realise danger and block goal threats. Players do not stray out of position or regulary leave marked men. Goalkeepers very realistic showing they are aware of everything and keep realistic positioning knowing when to come forward or back off. Physics. Each player has full 360° Movement Where as PES has only has 16 Directional movements. The ball has its own animation and physics, enabling it to go anywhere on a body, goal/netting or pitch. Players can clash in anyway possible, and cannot run through eachother like PES 08. Tackles are authentic and player falls are so realistic, PES 08 Tackles are very hard and falls looks computer animated instead of digitally captured. nearly all player movements look 100% real including turns/tricks/running/tackles and more. passing is good and foot movements are great. Graphics are very good in the demo, but i think they will be 10% better in the retail version. Everything i said is what happens in the real football and within fifa 08, that being said the pace for the game is perfect. you will realise when you play it again. people need to look past what they are used not switch it off in two seconds because its not the same as PES, Fact is, its better! It is so much more real. You cant shoot from the half way like and its hard to get passed players. just try it. PES is Fake and too fast, its graphics and physics are very poor its so much of an arcade game its not playable, Konami have taken a step backwards since coming onto the next gen market, PES looks like a PSP game or something for the wii. I was a PES FAN, now Im FIFA. Im Only buying FIFA 08 This Year

jv_cool
jv_cool

As long as EA Sports continue to be a money hungry company, FIFA will never be better than PES. Even if you buy its World Cup game, UEFA game, Game manager, and FIFA 08; all of them wont even match up to one PES game. Not only those PES include everything that all EA Sports soccer games include, but it also includes a better simulation play, because playing a game where there is 30 plus goals is far from simulation, i like sports games where i fill like i am playing the real thing.

Hurldoggy
Hurldoggy

If you understand modern soccer, then you will love the fifa 08 engine this year. Loads of improvements on a already solid foundation with fifa 07. Unbelievable realsim and depth to game play. The game plays like footie. Best animation in any sports game i have ever seen. -hurley.

Princecake
Princecake

mm...in WCG.. scores along the line of 11-20 are still the norm - I think that's enough said about what kinda game FIFA is.

jstarunited
jstarunited

Juventus4life why duz MGsteve care so much about the demo that is supposed to barely have any features agreed lol. anyway fifa will be great this year, its coming out friday for europe, but america it will be mid-october, unlucky guys

pablo_91
pablo_91

un muy buen juego y con unas graficas exelentes

Juventus4Life
Juventus4Life

why duz MGsteve care so much about the demo that is supposed to barely have any features

imnotapoof
imnotapoof

@matrixeffect LOL LOL Fifa has got more tricks and stuff, Pes has go the team work, and this year pes 2008 graphics are better so wtf u talking about? got your head checked?

MGSteve
MGSteve

My m8 and I played the FIFA 08 demo on the PS3 last night. What a shocker. We'll rent it when it comes out, but for a demo it almost put us off the game completely. 1) You can't change the camera for multiplayer games. This means that on his SD TV set we were struggling to see who had what. 2) There appears to be no 'dash' function, as in Pro Evo. Meaning it was very hard to sprint down the pitch without being caught, even when running. Although, bizarrely, the AI controlled opposition can out run you. Same problem as Pro Evo there then. 3) If you recieve the ball in midfield from a high pass (i.e. you chest it or otherwise control it), the AI immediately either runs through you or the players control is so bad, it just bounces off and gets picked up by another player. (We played as Barcelona) 4) Player stats seem to be woeful compared to Pro Evo. 5) Shooting is completely hit and miss, although its nice to be able to control the power (unlike the one tap shot in Pro Evo which sky rockets), but as in Evo, its next to impossible to actually aim the shot on target. Even with the assist, its next to impossible. Why can't anyone design a football game where when you shoot, the position you aim the stick in is the area of the goal you want to aim at - so up left is top left, bottom right is the bottom right. So simple, but no-one does it! OK, I'm not saying they should score or be on target every time, but at least having that degree of control should be possible. In the end I deleted it and stuck in the PS2 version of Evo. Whilst we got wound up by the flaws in that too, it wasn't anywhere near as frustrating as FIFA 08. What the demo should have been is as follows: - Abiliity to play an entire game, not 45 mins. - Abillity to play in a training situation, ala the training feature in Pro Evo. At least then when you're learning the game you don't need to worry about the opposition, you can learn ball control first. - Adjustable difficulty. Semi-Pro is ok for experienced players, but new players should have the option of 'Easy' so you don't end up wanting to throw your controller at the TV, Wii-style. - If you're going to include customisable Camera angles, at least provide the option for changing it for both solo and mutliplayer (at the moment its Solo only). Then you'd end up with a demo which wouldn't have been deleted and would given us a good introduction to FIFA. As it was, we'll probably rent it when it comes out, but the demo nearly put us off the game completely.

SPaM782
SPaM782

Im a fan of both Pro Evo and FIFA. Their both games of the same sport but are completely different. ProEvo is more simulation football whereas FIFA is more of a pick-up and play. But FIFA are now starting to score some goals now what with the success of FIFA07 which is in my opinion the best FIFA since FIFA '99 (greatest football game ever!) and i personally feel that last years incarnations of the two franchises FIFA won. But im only talking from an Xbox360 version as the ProEvo on it was horrible compared to others. Im looking forward to playing FIFA08 next friday but i have one question and that is: Is Jose Mourinho still going to be manager of my beloved Chelsea or will it be Avham Grant? As im a perfectionist i want all of my team data correct.

dirty55409
dirty55409

Sorry matrixeffect most people don't agree with you. Fifa 08 - deleted the demo already on 360 and PS3 lol

matrixeffect
matrixeffect

PES SUCKS!!!!! the graphics are horrible its like comparing wow graphics to guild-wars!!.Pes its like street soccer in a professional soccer game.Its not all about tricks and nice passes,its about teamwork and Fifa 08 has it all together in 1 game.by the way those pes soccer players look like toys in a soccer field

Yaeven
Yaeven

I can't decide which version to get.

vass86
vass86

"it will never be as good as PES" i used to say the same thing and now i've had to eat my words. fifa 2008 is stunning and i think it's a must buy (along with so many others coming out lately)

arsy130
arsy130

this is defenitely gonna be THE football game to play.

Lil69Leo
Lil69Leo

EB Games and Gamespot both have the 360 version coming out on the 9th.

jedi_marcos
jedi_marcos

I also played the demo and its pretty good,some tweaks here and there,but the trick system looks to be very solid..cant wait..

L15_eric_Wavo
L15_eric_Wavo

I playd da demo n it felt much different dan da previous instalment which i own as well. Im rteally exited bout da improved skill features. To sum it up i cant wait n defo gettin it for mi ps3!! big up Liverpool lol

Vyce3
Vyce3

Released in a week? What are they talking about? It's out on October 9 for the 360 and October 22 for the ps3. Where is the end of september release here?!?

jatajata
jatajata

THE PS3 DEMO IS AWSOME...IM UPLOADING SOME VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE =D

yaminoshadow
yaminoshadow

comparing fifa and pro evo in japan is like an x360 and a wii there

hassam7
hassam7

fifa will always be better than PES. The only reason why fifa isn't popular in europe is because its really expensive and people don't buy it!

chza56
chza56

fartys, I hear you on the demo for FIFA 2008 (PS3). I found myself having more luck usin gthe Red Bulls, than any other team. One thing that always seems to piss me off about FIFA is that the controls are always getting changed around. :-S

fartys
fartys

cant wait 4 fifa! btw did anyone else find it impossible to win a match on the demo? lol

BraveArc
BraveArc

The Best thing about FIFA is it has 26 more leagues than PES can compete with. This is gonna be the No.1 Football game for 07-08

burginox1
burginox1

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Freestyle_20
Freestyle_20

Im gonna buy both pes and fifa as normal but i luv the fifa demo and i love playing as BRISTOL CITY !!! can't on pro evo though =( but lookin for ward to both WOOO