Platforms: PS2, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube, PC - PSP Version Reviewed
There are very few absolutes in life. For most of us the world is full of choices and variables and we tend to change our minds on an almost hourly basis. Of course there are exceptions – Marmite’s advertising campaign is based solely on the fact that you either love it or hate it; there is no middle ground. Another exception comes in the shape of football games. As any footie video game player will tell you, you’re either a FIFA man or a Pro Evo man (or woman of course) – there simply is no middle ground.
Traditionally Pro Evo has been for the purists, for those players who still think that they could be playing football professionally, despite being three stone overweight and ten years too old. The FIFA series on the other hand has traditionally been supported by players who are just looking for some fun, and enjoy the slick interface, great graphics and awesome soundtrack. Horses for courses you might say.
Unfortunately for FIFA, it’s had a bit of a rough time for the past couple of years. While Pro Evo has improved and evolved into an even better, even more realistic and even more playable game, FIFA seemed to be languishing in a sea of mediocrity. New features and control methods were shoe horned into FIFA releases, but they brought very little new enjoyment to the party, and only seemed to make it more difficult to bond with your players on the pitch. Even though FIFA 06 seemed to be a step in the right direction, there was little doubt that Pro Evo 5 still had it beat, leaving EA playing a continual game of catch up with Konami.
I was therefore not terribly excited when FIFA 07 landed on my desk, but it wasn’t long before I realised that EA has performed nothing short of a miracle with FIFA 07. Before I get ahead of myself I’ll say that I had wanted to review the Xbox 360 version of FIFA 07, but unfortunately it’s not ready yet – it seems that EA is keen to build the X360 version from the ground up, so it’s a little bit behind the current gen hardware. With the Xbox, PS2, PC and PSP versions at my disposal, I went for the latter – it’s been a while since I’ve found anything worth playing on my PSP, so I thought I’d dust it off and throw FIFA at it.