UEFA Champions League 2006-2007

UEFA Champions League 2006-2007

UEFA Champions League 2006-2007

Pretend Arsenal are still in it!

Effectively, we've already reviewed UEFA Champions League 2006-2007. The latest model to roll off the blocks at EA's ruthlessly efficient football factory is, at its core, FIFA 07 re-skinned in celebration of the grand club football tournament. That game's sturdy, dependable engine hasn't been overhauled so much as given a quick service. Change the oil, clean the spark plugs, top up the de-icer, slap a new logo on and roll it out until it's time for next year's MOT.

It's like one of those tacky little French cars that used to come in a 'Special Edition' with an Olympics logo or a couple of palm trees decaled on the side, interest-free credit, and a bonus electric sunroof. Except there the analogy starts to crumble, because FIFA is far from cheaply made, and currently in pretty fine fettle. It's more of a Mondeo: a precision-tooled everyman's express, safe, competent, fully-loaded with features and slickly engineered, a product that tries to be all things to all men and pretty much succeeds.

It goes without saying that all this is true of UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 as well. As far as the game of football it offers is concerned, there's not much to add to Kristan's exhaustive review of FIFA 07 from late last year, and no course of action left but to summarise it, and leave you wondering whether it's EA cheating you of genuinely new content, or us.

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Champions League 360 demo

Big demo for Big Cup.

With UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 due out in just under a fortnight, there's a demo of the Xbox 360 version up on Xbox Live Marketplace, which we thought we'd mention in case you hadn't spotted it. (Plus, obviously, it's not going to take much to get me writing about the Champions League after last week's not-at-all-surprising Liverpool defeat/victory.)

UEFA Champs League 2006-2007 dev diary

Producer talks authenticity and presentation.

UEFA Champions League associate producer Matthew Prior talks about the authenticity and presentation that's so crucial to the game, which is due out on Xbox 360, PC, PS2, PSP and mobile from 23rd March.

Champs League dev promises real-life chants

Talks authenticity, presentation.

Some of the most exciting games in football have taken place in UEFA's money-spinning Champions League - with the last two seasons alone bringing us Liverpool's astonishing comeback against AC Milan and Arsenal's outrageous defeat at the hands of stupid Barcelona. Just don't, alright? It still hurts.

Champs League dev opens up

Ultimate Team mode explained.

Those of you who had their interest piqued by the Xbox 360's "Ultimate Team" mode in UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 might want to check out a developer diary elsewhere on Eurogamer today.

UEFA Champs League 2006-2007 dev diary

Associate producer Chris Coates talks up the "Ultimate Team" mode.

UEFA Champions League 2006-2007's associate producer Chris Coates talks about the background to the game's "Ultimate Team" mode. The game is due out on Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, PC and mobile from 23rd March.