If you’re more into the management side of things you can choose to simulate the matches to speed the process along. But the real beauty here is that you can keep an eye on your team’s progress during the match simulation and if you’re not happy with the way things are panning out, you can choose to intervene and control the remainder of the game yourself.
Then there’s the multiplayer angle. As well as the ability to play against your mates over an ad hoc Wi-Fi connection, you can also get online and thrash (or be humiliated by) players from around the world. The online play is very slick and easy to configure, once you’ve entered your EA account details or registered for an account. Although there is the odd bit of lag to contend with, the online gameplay is far smoother than say, the Xbox 360 version of 2006 FIFA World Cup. If there’s one problem with the online play it’s that whenever I was beating my opponent they just disconnected! Sometimes I was still awarded with the win, but it didn’t make the situation any less frustrating.
The reason for the attempted “get out” by players who are losing, is that every match counts towards your ranking. Your win/lose ratio determines your world ranking on the EA servers, so if you want to claw your way up to the top of the league, you’re not going to want to register too many losses. The desire to improve your ranking does keep driving you back online, hungry for fresh meat and adds another dimension to the game. Obviously this kind of dynamic world ranking isn’t anything new and Xbox Live users will be very familiar with it, but it’s good to see such a feature on a PSP game.
If you’ve been playing FIFA games for a while, you’ll be used to the slick menus and cool music, but FIFA 07 takes this further than ever. Out of curiosity, I fired up 2006 FIFA World Cup and I was amazed at how basic the menus looked by comparison. Of course I’d never suggest that your decision to buy a game should rest on a slick and stylish interface, but when everything else is this good, the great presentation is just the icing on the cake.
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