FIFA throughout my childhood and into teenage years was wonderful. A stress free life, bashing career mode with your mates every night until I hit A-Levels and FIFA had to take a back seat. However, FIFA 08 was during a time I could play it every night without trouble and that’s what I did. A game full of legendary players we now worship and some we still dislike. Cover stars Wayne Rooney and Ronaldinho give some stardom to the game alongside the gameplay itself. I’ve played this game both on PlayStation2 and Xbox 360 and both have impressed.
The opening sequence provides something great, apart from the skill tutorials which I’m not a fan of myself. However, the gameplay footage of Ronaldinho, Rooney and LA Galaxy’s David Beckham improves the title sequence (Xbox 360).
Being the football ‘nerd’ I am, I went straight to look at the squads on my return to this game and I was blown back by nostaglia and happiness. The AC Milan squad is incredible. A midfield of Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf and Kaka line up behind Alberto Gilardino and number 99, Ronaldo.
Not only do Milan have this starting XI with Alessandro Nesta at the heart of the defence, Paolo Maldini, Cafu Alexandra Pato and Filippo Inzaghi sit on the bench for the pre-set FIFA08 line ups. Alongside this, the sibling of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willy Aubameyang, sits in the reserves.
Across the city of Milan, Inter hosted their own superb line up. Throwback to the days Milan was host to two incredible football teams rather than two mediocre ones like we have today. Hernan Crespo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic lead the line for the Nerazzurri with Patrick Vieira and Luis Figo still in the line up. Sheeesh.
Now moving to Spain. Barcelona have a young Lionel Messi who was still being mentored by the one and only Ronaldinho. Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o play upfront and Yaya Toure and Xavi holding. Real Madrid have a partnership of Raul and Ruud Van Nistelrooy up top, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robinho in midfield and World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro in defence. El Clasico was exciting in 2008. Ah, this game makes me really, really happy! The nostalgia brewing when playing this game is incredible.
Now, onto career mode. A incredible throwback for myself. In this FIFA, the option to chose a sponsorship deal is still within the game and the transfer system is very simple compared to the recent editions.
FIFA 08 isn’t all good though. I feel the first touches of each player are a bit poor but this could be due to the technology at the time due to recent editions being fine in this area. However, this is still a game you should try and play again. I enjoyed my return to it, you might also. Blow of the dust on your Xbox360/PlayStation and play.