NK; FIFA 07 ™ Xbox 360 Review

NK FOOTBALL ©

Senior Squad
Christmas comes early for FIFA fans!

Another year, another FIFA. It’s no surprise seeing a new EA SPORTS box at your local games shop sporting a couple of cover-stars and the usual 0<insert year here>. But it appears EA has been working extra hard for us spoilt football fans, that never seem to be satisfied with just one football game on the ever increasing and most demanding sports-game industry year in, year out. Not only have EA released FIFA 07 on the PC, PS2, XBOX and PSP, but they have upgraded to next-generation gaming on Microsoft beloved Xbox 360 console. Oh yes I know as do all the other EA fans that FIFA has already had itself a play-test on 360, but not like this! Yes, the only thing you’ll recognise from Next-gen FIFA 07 to the PS2 version is Box it comes in. Other than that, it’s a new game. And it’s about time to!

I don’t know if you lot remember the good old days back when SEGA had the console wars with Nintendo and FIFA was practically a 2D kick-about with a few bells, whistles and cheers! Well I do and it was fun. Oh boy was it fun been a kid and not fully understanding the true nature of the beautiful game and trying to come to grips with FIFA 96. It was like learning how to walk all over again…ok so it wasn’t that frustrating, but hell it was an experience. The learning curve for, well my maturity was obviously higher then if I played the game now. But the point is, this is what FIFA 07 on the 360 does. It takes the current-gen engine, kicks it in the balls, dips it in tar and sends it through a chicken factory to be pecked and covered in feathers. EA have spent 2 years developing this beast of an engine, working from the ground up on Animation, graphics and AI (Artificial Intelligence for you noobs among us). Seeing this all in action is a joy on its own, never mind picking up the controller and playing the darn thing. The first time I saw Ronaldinho in the Arena, I shouted “Holy Cow!” Well, I didn’t use the word cow, but you get my drift. The animation is spectacular! No really, yes I know “but it’s FIFA and it’s robotic and PES is the only ga…” SHUT UP! Realise for a moment that this is NOT FIFA 07 you’ve played or seen on the Xbox 1. This is a new beginning for next generation football games and for EA’s first attempt on the new engine, I have to applaud this game.

For once, the AI actually seems like it wants to beat you. It doesn’t just decide to score a goal you can’t defend or from nowhere just smack a shot near enough from the half way line and have your keeper turn into a vegetable with a 2.5 second delay, no. This is a balance battle between user and cpu. And I tell you something else, the ball physics are the best I have ever seen in any football game, yup Konami sorry but EA have beaten you bad here. The ball bobbles, bounces, deflects, rolls, dances, sings (ok the last two I made up) around so very realistically that at times you forget you’re not watching the real thing. It’s all done so smoothly too thanks to the animation engine. Players’ will perform all the moves you expect from passing to heading the ball to shooting and celebrating the goal (Peter Crouch’s robot celebration had me and the lads in stitches). And for once it is very believable. Nothing looks unnatural and this is why scoring past quite a challenging cpu defence is rewarding, because the feeling of accomplishment is greater than ever before. My only gripe with the scoring in this game is that it can become a goal fest. 4-4 draw games happening much too often can become a pain when you realise that you only played for 16 minutes. Konami’s game would probably see 2 goals going in if that. Not that I’m saying Konami’s PES6 is better, but from what I have played of FIFA 07 on the 360 thus far, scoring opportunities do probably come a little too often and this is a let down when playing against World Class AI. Putting 2 goals past a Brazil defence on my first attempt on World Class as England was, dare I say it, a tad disappointing. Don’t get me wrong the gameplay is by far the best of all the FIFA games I have ever played, but the goals do comes a little too often at times and this is what makes scoring not as rewarding as it could be.

The main mode of play available is Manager mode allowing the gamer to play through 5 seasons and perform practically every task you can on current-gen versions. The only strange difference is that current-gen uses £ whereas next-gen uses points! EA, have you gone backwards? Playing in manager mode will also score your players’ with experience points that you can spend to ‘pimp’ up your players’ and give them better attributes and traits or even make a gamble at giving certain players’ bad traits in order to get more experience points back. An example of this would be to have the player never use his weak foot or make him injury prone. An example of an attribute that will cost you 500 points is to make him an overall ‘Solid Player’. You can also assign players’ with high determination on the pitch and I have to say it’s all noticeable. But again, I’d rather have the game enhance my players’ based on their performance rather then the user manually selecting who gets the touch from god and who ends up with two broken legs each season.

The sound in this game is fantastic! The crowd sound so very realistic and the sound affects are top notch. The stadium announcer just HAS to stay for FIFA 08 it is so very good. The commentary is the best I have heard in any football game with the only gripe that it sometimes lags behind. Martin Tyler and Andy Gray do a splendid job. Love it!

I am yet to hook this bad boy online and play some other gamers since my Broadband is going to be changed over to another company allowing me to access Live! Right now, there is no connection even using my wireless adapter and this is sad, sad news as I really wanted to review the online playability. But after some research here and there it’s all good news with fast servers and hardly no lag whatsoever if any at all! Brilliant.

So, with a lack of leagues and game modes (no create tournament is a big shame) and a few annoying areas in the gameplay such as;

- Too many goal scoring opportunities at times
- Perhaps too easy to hit the target with spectacular shots
- AI on World Class appears a little easier than it should be

The things I’d personally like EA to improve are above, but as for other areas here are a few ideas

- More individual players
- More animations
- Better AI
- More sophisticated shooting mechanics
- A couple more leagues (got to include SPL, so many fans)
- STOP over-rating my national team!! (England play far too good in this game)

Yes, I know England. They do play a little too good football then what we’ve seen during the world cup and Euro qualifiers. But hey it’s just a game and at the end of the day the best football game EA have come out with in a very long time, in fact the best full stop.

Here’s my score;

Graphics 8/10
Sound 10/10 (just get the commentary sorted)
Gameplay 7.8/10 (almost an 8, but a few gripes take over a couple of points)
Lasting Appeal 8/10
Overall 8/10 (Not an average)
 

OrgulloVikingo

Senior Squad
Very nice review. Yesterday I was playing Spain vs. Portugal when out of nowhere the PA guy says in Spanish: " Will the father of Eduardo Velasquez please come to gate 12 to pick up your son". Needless to say, my jaw dropped. What detail. The Chelsea chants of "London Bridge is falling down......" other chants like "Who the hell is Man Utd.....", etc. I am still in Konami mode and have to shake off my konami playing habits. In particular with sprinting and watching my momentum, etc. It takes some time to get used to. I don't mind the net physics. I think they are o.k. No PES for me this year!
 

johan

Senior Squad
OrgulloVikingo said:
Very nice review. Yesterday I was playing Spain vs. Portugal when out of nowhere the PA guy says in Spanish: " Will the father of Eduardo Velasquez please come to gate 12 to pick up your son". Needless to say, my jaw dropped. What detail. The Chelsea chants of "London Bridge is falling down......" other chants like "Who the hell is Man Utd.....", etc. I am still in Konami mode and have to shake off my konami playing habits. In particular with sprinting and watching my momentum, etc. It takes some time to get used to. I don't mind the net physics. I think they are o.k. No PES for me this year!

Pick up your son... damn...hahaha thats some crazy ****.. I wonder if he says it in English.
 

DVC

Club Supporter
johan said:
Pick up your son... damn...hahaha thats some crazy ****.. I wonder if he says it in English.

Yeah, they say similar things in all the languages in the game. One of the more random one's is: "Would the owner of 'such and such car' please return to your car as you have left your lights on."
 

raffupperv12

Club Supporter
(To let People know I have the Game but Have not opened it yet b/c I sent my Xbox 360 to get fixed a week ago & it stills has not got back to me and they told me that I might have it back by monday, so I am waiting!!! and reading a lot of reviews to get an idea of how it is)

Question, maybe I should have started a thread, but I wanted to know is FIFA 07 really as good as people are saying or am i getting my hopes up?
A little about myself, I was a great FIFA fan from 94 thru 2000 then I jumped to Pro Evolution Soccer; but I want to get back to Fifa b/c of the insane graphics and authenticity that they have as well as having their **** together when it comes to Online Play which PES clearly does not, but the FIFA game play was always a little arcade like for my taste (Fun but not realistic), and that's why I made the jump to Pro Evolution Soccer. I liked PES's simulation of the game b/c I played soccer my whole life (Rec, Club, High School, College and even 2 years pro in Spain's 2nd Division with Racing Ferrol, which kills me b/c a dream of mine was always to be in the FIFA game and 2 years after I came back to the states FIFA introduced Spain's 2nd Division, at least I was on Total Club Manager; which they gave me a unrealistically high rating.)
But the reason that I stated my playing career, and sounded like a conceited asshole, was to illustarte that people (Friends of mine and people online) who actually played soccer at any level (REC-Club-High School etc.) always seemed to have made their way to Pro Evolution Soccer, b/c of their game play. So I hear that FIFA 07 on Xbox 360's game play is fun but does it mimic PES or is it still arcade like? I read the IGN review and even not being able to play FIFA 07 it sounds like that guy is way off and clearly has never step on a pitch! b/c he complained about passes not getting to his teammates???!!! well **** when the hell have you seen a soccer match that all the passes where spot on!!! or better yet with the through ball??? Of course its going to be difficult, its difficult in Real Life & if not we would being seeing 10 goals per game in Real LIFE?!!??!?!?!
I Hope to the FIFA gods that he is wrong as I really want to get abck to FIFA. My drea ws always to have a game that played like PES but with Graphics-Online Play-Authenticity of FIFA, Am I asking too much or is FIFA 07 teh Game I have been waiting for?

Other Questions:
(1) In the League do you actually get play some games at night and some during the Day. Or is it ALL NIGHT GAMES or ALL DAY GAMES? Can decide what time you play?
(2) Weather = Does the Sun Move Around and the Weather change like in NCAA 07 & Madden 07?
(3) Can you edit Players during manager mode? If so can give players different shoes, untuck their shirts, Give them Long Sleeve Shirts?
(4) How is the online play, is it smooth with no lag or crashing?
(5) Hows the AI? Is like Pes where players make smart runs?


Thanks for reading & thanks for answering questions
 

LuvPES

Youth Team
Good review, but I guess I must suck because World Class at times is giving me all that I can handle. I am finishing games like 1-0 and 2-1, I have already gone to 4 sudden death overtimes, scored at nil, nil in World Class mode but let's not kid ourselves, this game can be unforgiving, if you get too crazy with your defender like using the sprint button to cover a striker like you do in PES, you can easily take him out of position giving a player like Ronaldo a gift, one clear path 10 feet from the net, so in that respect, with a resounding YES! this game could get out of hand offensively but if not for some SPECTACULAR goal keeping it could get rediculous because this game is unrelenting at times.

I have to say I play some damn good defence.
 

OrgulloVikingo

Senior Squad
Hola Madridista! Bienvenido!

I have been only playing PES for the last 2 years. I loved it that much. I also started out with EA in 96, religiously until WE/PES 8 came out! I tried Fifa 2006 when a friend brought it over and found the gameplay repulsive. I felt like EA was leading me by the hand, had me on a leash.

Well, now I'm playing this FIFA :) I must say that it does not feel like any other fifa, ever made, ever! The ball is completely loose, I mean, very loose to the point that dominating it takes alot of practice, which in my opinion is great. Passing is very good especially the animations of the passes. I mean you see side footers and backheels so realistically. I can go on and on but I won't. Now, the downsides are that it seems like a half assed game (But, surprisingly enough, I don't care since it's the first FIFA built on this engine, and the fact that it's so realistic.)


(N) = lack of leagues, teams. Challenge mode to unlock shop items are very hard. Sound pauses at times (especially during subs). No training mode. No create a tournament.

(Y) = Superb animations. Superb lighting, shadows. Overall graphics are very very good. Choosing player in arena mode during loadup times (nice touch). Sound effects (PA announcer, crowd chants). Did I mention animations?? :rockman: Online play = :rockman: x10.

Bottom line: Superb engine = Fifa can't go wrong for years to come. If you're used to playing PES (like me), shake off that notion, try to drop the style. Have an open mind. It's a brand new way of playing the game (very refreshing, challenging). There is much to admire about this game and much left to be desired. But, the pros definitely outway the cons. I give it an 8 out of 10. I'd buy it again.
 

raffupperv12

Club Supporter
Hey OVNY thanks for the Reply, and good to see a REAL MADRID Fan, it looks Madrid is getting back to where we belong!!
maybe when i get my console back play online, gamertag = raffupperv12

later

Hala MADRID!
 

OrgulloVikingo

Senior Squad
Hola raff! Racing Ferrol huh? I am gallego. Orense! Que tal? If you ever go online with it look me up. Ihave ahard time on semi-pro. Lost like 7 won only 2! I suck bigtime :nape:
 

raffupperv12

Club Supporter
No me digas! Ourense!! I was on loan with Pontevedra for 3 Months and we played against Ourense, we won 3-1. My wife is from Santiago de Compostela, I actually played on their (Compostela's) youth squad U-14 for a year. I knew a player from Ourense his name was Santi, I forget his last name but he played with me in Compostela.
Wow, small world.
Next time I am onlinewe get a match going.
 

johan

Senior Squad
DVC said:
Yeah, they say similar things in all the languages in the game. One of the more random one's is: "Would the owner of 'such and such car' please return to your car as you have left your lights on."

haven't heard anything yet..probably didn't pay attention...but thats one nice fature..
 

OrgulloVikingo

Senior Squad
raff. I've bben to cd orense stadium a few times. Hear of celanova? that's where most of my family in spain is. 20 min. drive from orense.Santiago is awesome. Been there a few times. La fiesta de Santiago= :rockman:

Where are you now? We'll coordinate to get some games in. I'll send you a friend request do the same
 

NK FOOTBALL ©

Senior Squad
Well guys my review is actually based on more friendly matches. Playing in manager mode has the AI cpu actually play better, example; Today I lost 3-1 as man-utd v Liverpool on semi-pro. But I won the next gane 4-0 against an easier team. So it's actually quite a challenging game unless you want to go all friendly on each other.

NK.
 

OrgulloVikingo

Senior Squad
NK. I suck @ss! I only got 2 wins in 9 tries on semi-pro :nape:
I never ever played any game on World Class...Actually I tried it with FIFA 2003, or was it 4? Anyway, computer scored from 70 yards out, a 2 or 3 bouncer miraculously went in. I said to myself, no more o fthis nonsense
 

johan

Senior Squad
I also play rubbish on FIFA 07..I know for a fact why... PES/WE.. I blame them.. now I'll be busy entire winter playing FIFA 07 learning..new things..
 

OrgulloVikingo

Senior Squad
I also play rubbish on FIFA 07..I know for a fact why... PES/WE.. I blame them.. now I'll be busy entire winter playing FIFA 07 learning..new things..


Hehehe! Yea, It's all Konami's fault! They also started WW2!!! Takes some getting used to. I only scored 2 goals in 9 games :nape: But , when I scored, I felt like diving in my living room. Brilliant :lui:
 

johan

Senior Squad
OrgulloVikingo said:
Hehehe! Yea, It's all Konami's fault! They also started WW2!!! Takes some getting used to. I only scored 2 goals in 9 games :nape: But , when I scored, I felt like diving in my living room. Brilliant :lui:

Yo man..I requested to be your friend.. go to xbox.com and APPROVE a brother.. :Carlos*o:
 


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