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.