FIFA Soccer 08 on the Wii delivers complete authenticity with licenses for all of the world’s top leagues, including MLS and Mexican 1st Division in North America, and 28 others from more than 20 nations. This year you can choose to play with one of over 570 licensed teams and more than 14,000 players to win glory with or against up to three of your friends. Mesmerize defenders with authentic individual skill and play like a real soccer player. Now you pass, shoot, and perform trick moves all with a flick of the wrist. Dictate the play with all-new controls for through-passing and crossing, or control your goalkeeper in one-on-one situations to deny an onrushing striker
The game uses both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk controllers, although there is an alternative control-mode known as the 'family play' option. This allows players to only use the Wii Remote, and allows the AI to take over the task of moving your players around. That leaves players free to pass with the A button, perform through passes with the B button, run with the Z button, and shoot and tackle by swiping the Wii Remote at the screen. This system is nice in that it allows players entirely new to soccer to pick up a control and play, but most players are going to want to use the Nunchuk attached to the Remote. This controls playersÂ’ movements on the field, and allows for the most precise play.
Advanced moves exist too, but with the simplistic control scheme, pulling off such tricks as a long pass or a crossing pass have to be executed with complicated button combos. This makes pulling them off a little more difficult and less natural, but at least they are included for gamers to learn instead of merely being missing from the game.
There are a few different ways that you can play the game. The first is the various tournaments and leagues that, thanks to the license, are true-to-life. There is also a Challenge version, which has players trying to overcome some historical challenge that true soccer players faced. There are three side-games too, one of which is a Foosball game played with the Wii Remote. There are two others that will allow you to practice your skills between games. There is also an online component that will let you face teams from around the world. This mode suffers from a lot of lag, though, rendering it pretty useless.
The graphics that are used in the game arenÂ’t as cutting-edge as those on other systems, but thatÂ’s to be expected with a Wii title. The character models are pretty well done though, and show a lot of fluidity in their movements. Players can zoom in too, to get even more detail on their characters if they like. The lack of frame slowdown is important in a fast-paced game like this.
Just like many soccer games in the past that shared the series name, FIFA Soccer 08 is an extremely playable game of soccer. The numerous accurately portrayed players, teams, leagues, and tournaments mean that any fan of the game will have no problem immersing themselves up to their head. This is a game that doesnÂ’t take the new control systems overboard, and therefore allows them to make it even more fun than it originally was without the controls.