FIFA 08 Reader Review
Sister: Let's have a party!
Brother: No I want to play FIFA!
Dad: Hey everybody, we can ALL have fun with this new great game on Wii!
This game has one fun party [that's 4 people, Wiimote only] game: shooting at goal, two less fun party games: table football (let down by knackering twisty action) and keepy-uppy (okay but short-lived mid-level fun). A slightly frustrating aspect of the buildup is selecting your Miis for each game - the Wii won't remember your previous selection.
Okay the main event. Boy is this complicated! Remember the Simpsons episode where Mr Burns assembles his own all-star baseball team? He is instructing them with an ever-more arcane signalling system, tipping his cap, scratching his nose, etc. Well now you'll know how he felt, as you attempt to master the intricacies of using the buttons on the nunchuck and wiggling the wiimote just to play FIFA. To help with this, there is a fairly thorough training mode, with Clive Tyldsley encouraging you along.
There is another mode, Family Play, which seems to be a kind of "autopilot", where the CPU controls your players' movement. But if that's needed why not go the whole hog and let the CPU do everything? It'll be just like Football Manager 2 on the Atari ST.
This game is that current comparitive rarity in Wii games (although not in Wii football games!), in that it has an online mode. Hosted by EA, there are lots of options and a chance to support your team with your online results. Something to get stuck into there.
Well it's early days, and only time will tell if I can get the hang of this wiimote+nunchuck control system. I hope so, because the game is up-to-date teamwise and has potential for some fine online duels (I've added a point for the Wii online play, although I shouldn't have to, but that's not for here).
If the control system proves to be acceptable, consider two points added to the score I've given, as it's such an important factor.
If I haven't got into this by Christmas it may be a case of getting the PS2 version, or maybe I'll be able to get it for a 360 or PS3 by then.
By the way I haven't mentioned graphics so far. That's because it's on Wii, and by now you know the score with Wii graphics, suffice to say that the game improves a bit on the PS2 player faces in closeups.
6 / 10