This title was a massive suprise for me. I have always been a lifelong PES fan and when PES2008 came out i was dissappointed to say the least! Then came Fifa 08, solid gameplay, great graphics and character animation and overall a thoroughly enjoyable game. So i decided that i would get Uefa to try it out. I will honestly say that this is one of THE best football games i have ever played (I work in a games store so i have played a lot). Everything just works, i honestly find it more enjoyable than Fifa 08, the one draw back would obviously be that you can only be european teams, but i can live with that. If this is the shape of things to come for Fifa 09 then it can be nothing short of fantastic, consider this a definite purchase.
Some of the things that let's it down are, 1.) just like fifa 08 it has button lag & still has the bad habbit to pass it the wrong way, 2.) even if you set the auto switching to 100% manual it switchs your player when you don't want to & at times doesn't let you change when you do want to change your player, 3.) when you play Captain Your Nation you can't transfer the stats you built up with say a weak team to a stong team or your own nation, when you turn on Team Pressure Tactic the other team still finds a way through more times than he should & the Defence falls asleep. Some of the plus's are, 1.) a online cup but you don't know if the player won a match after E.T. or P.K.'s 2.) & it looks much better than the Football games that are based on the Euro Championships or World Cup, I've reduced the rating by 1 star because EA still hasn't fixed the bugs in the game
I was exceedingly excited when this game dropped to £26.99, so I snapped it up. To be honest I was disappointed with the gameplay. Now I realise that everyone hopes for realistic gameplay, but this goes too far in my opinion. I'm a big pro evo fan and unlike most I was a fan of pro evo 2008 (although on live it can get slightly annoying!). I just find the pro evo series a little bit more fun and exciting to play. I would say that if you're a fan of Fifa you will undoubtedly loves this, but i'm afraid it's not for me!
An excellent game, it plays better than fifa 08, and the little tweaks here and there have improved it, commentary is very good and i enjoyed the captain your country mode too.
Overall i would say its the best footy game out at the moment - get it!