SynopsisThe stadium roars around you as you race up the field. A dart to the left and you're open. You signal subtly to your teammate and suddenly the ball is yours. Quickly you move toward the goal, dribbling the ball in front of you as you evade the opposing team. With one swift and powerful kick, you send it flying toward the goal. The goalie leaps, desperate to intercept it, but your aim is true. Savor the moment as you score the decisive goal and propel your team to victory.
Experience all the fast-paced fun of the UEFA European Soccer Championship in UEFA Euro 2008. Inspire frenzied national pride as you compete as one of 52 teams, progressing from qualification through a true-to-life reproduction of the championships in Austria and Switzerland. Compete collaboratively with your friends, all playing individual positions on the pitch, as you play through eight achievement levels to earn the captaincy of your country. Put your skills to the test in true global competition by representing your country online against competitors from all over the world in a 16-team single elimination tournament. Experience the momentum swings of a real tournament campaign with dynamic player ratings that change based on actual player performance. With UEFA Euro 2008, all of Europe is at your feet as you prove you have what it takes to dominate in one of the world's most popular sports.
UEFA Euro 2008
Compete as one of 52 teams as you go from qualification all the way to in Switzerland and Austria
Create yourself in the game and play on a team with up to three friends, each assuming an individual position on the pitch
Earn the captaincy of your country by demonstrating your prowess through eight achievement levels
Experience enhanced goalkeeper AI, collisions, passing and trapping with an improved EA soccer engine
Battle for global supremacy in online tournament play
Do a victory dance on the pitch after you score a goal
Complete team and individual tasks as you play the qualifying campaign en route to the championship
For 1 to 7 players offline or 2 to 14 players online
This is a very different game to Fifa 08. About the only thing that remains the same are the controller button assignments.
The game itself includes of every European national football team, and you can choose to guide any of them from the qualifying group stage to the finals in Switzerland and Austria. This part of the game isn't particularly good, and to me feels more like Fifa 06. The graphics are great but obviously not optimised for the PS3, which struggles to maintain a smooth frame rate. It never becomes unplayable, but will stutter slightly from time to time.
However what saves this game is the Captain Your Team mode. In this part of the game you can either choose to play one of the stars of your team or create your own player in your own image. The latter is far more rewarding, but also more difficult as you start with a fairly mediocre player. You develop this player through the allocation of points, awarded to you based on your performance in each game. For example as a forward if you score or assist goals, your match rating will sky rocket and you'll receive plenty of points. Play out of position and try to defend, your score will plummet, suffering every time you miss a tackle or aren't present when the team moves forward.
Because you're controlling a single player, it's difficult at first to adjust, but there are helpful on-screen prompts. Arrows will appear telling you to move in a particular direction, increasing in number the further you are from the best position for your player. You can call for the ball, but be careful. Call in poor positions, miss shots, get tackled and your rating will go down.
The rating is important, because as the name of this mode says, your aim is to captain your team. Thus you get to choose up to 3 other players, either controlled by the cpu or friends, to compete with you for the captains armband. Pick players that are too poor and your team won't qualify.
You start off playing B Internationals, and if you do well your reputation increases and eventually you'll be picked for the competitive squad. The aim of course is to do better than any of your competitors, but that alone won't guarantee you a place in the squad for the finals. You must also increase your rank through your match rating and gain the reputation required to be picked.
As the games progress this will become easier if you do well and you develop your player with the right attributes for your position. Eventually you'll be controlling a player at the same level as those around you.
I can't stress how better Fifa has become through this mode. While the game is nowhere near as smooth as Fifa 08, you soon forget this as you throw all your concentration into keeping position, keeping the ball, passing well and either tackling or scoring.
Even if none of the other modes were available, this part of the game would be worth the sticker price.
I would recommend this to a friend
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Ease of use
This is an excellent game for the European soccer fan! Personally, Germany bis zum bitteren Ende, but with over 50 teams, this game is hours of fun if you love European football. I follow the German football team closely, and I did notice that some physical characteristics are changed than of those of the players in real life. For example, the German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has blond hair in real life. In Euro 2008, he is often seen with light (and occasionally) dark brown hair. Depending on the referees, and how dirty you play, sometimes they can be a little easy with the yellow cards, and even red cards as well. It's a hassle, but you get what you deserve. Depending on your settings for games, I've found myself squinting at the screen because the sun is so bright, as well as the stadium lights for night time play. Another thing that's cool is they speak in the language of the country you're playing in. I prefer to play at home in Berlin, so the announcer speaks German. If you play in England, they speak English, Slovenia, Slovenian, etc. Excellent game for everyone!