FIFA 07 Reader Review
From the beginning of their overblown marketing campaign EA Canada team promised big improvements in their new game. They promised amazing gameplay, fluid physics, life like player animations, and an overall immerse football experience, and they delivered, well at least that is what comes across the first couple of hours you spend with the game.
FIFA 07 manages to pull off one thing the best - being deceptive. At first, it will seem like the physics have been greatly improved and that the feel of the game is much more natural, and a simulation slightly more than the previous FIFA games. On closer look this is only partly true as the gameplay dynamics are straightforward once you get the hang of things. While the control scheme is good, the game relies way too much on wing charges and sprints in general, as well as player abilities in those regards. Fast players like Henry able to outrun every single defender with the ball at 'semi-pro' level and then stop with the ball so effectively that the defender stands no chance, so the matter of scoring the goal comes down to simply making the right choice in the penalty box. And while you can't rely on any proven ways to score from certain positions like it was the case with previous editions, the game still leaves you with no real reason to play beautiful football, and this is where it falls behind Pro Evo big time.
Positively, the game implements a more natural, heavier ball, responding accurately to spin and gravity. At least this time round you won't be feeling like you're hitting a ball around the field. On the other hand AI is very predictive, and you will soon note that they are employing the same passing maneuvers.
Graphically it is apparent that the developers focused on the player close ups, and cinematic effects, with game graphics during the play showing little improvements. Animations wise FIFA wins hands down to Pro Evo, players move very naturally and fluently.
Commentary is good if not great, and sounds of the crowd, are truly amazing. You will truly feel that you are playing a real match judging by the audio of the game, which benefits from the new "emotion" engine, which influences the crowd's reactions based on your team's performance. You will also be able to recognise team chants and songs, which truly capture the feel and the atmosphere of the live match.
Every year we are offered an improved FIFA, and judging by this years offering, it could be very soon for the tide to turn, and for FIFA to gain crown of the best football simulation. However, this year once more, true fans of the game are better off picking up a copy of the WE/PES franchise.
7 / 10