Friday, September 14, 2007

Customization. If they don't lie...

The EA Sports promises a great customization in every aspect of the game on the official site. The truth can be questioned until the FIFA'08 appears, but let us believe in the creators (we are so anxious to believe, don't we?). So let's look closer at the improvements of the game and analyze them:

  • EA Sports boasts of new Manual Controls — Dictate the play with new manual controls for through-passing and crossing. Control the goalkeeper in one-on-one situations to deny the striker yourself. Use the right-stick to quickly switch to the exact player you want to control when defending.
We have already been controlling the goalkeeper in one-on-one situations (just press E and direction keys) since I don't remember when. But when the keeper runs close to the forward with the ball, PC just turns in auto regime. So it would be a great improvement if we could control keeper's arms and legs separately or there would be some exclusive movements. On the other hand, it will be very difficult to make exactly what you want. It's always very tough to manage too many buttons. The same problem could appear with that quickly switching when defending. I already imagine how we will swear after three or four goals against us just because of the inaccuracy of pushing the direction keys.

  • EA sports also say to us: Be A Pro: Co-op Season — Take on the role of a professional footballer, create your own player and test yourself in one position for an entire season. Master positioning, improve your attributes and develop into an elite player.
Yes, to feel like a real star is one the greatest pleasure that you can get from the sports simulation game. However, there are some danger too. You can lock one player and play only with him in, for example, NBA LIVE, but sometimes PC just don't give You a ball. And there are only five players on the basketball team. How many changes You will have to get the ball if You'll play in a team of 11 players?

  • And here we have the... Custom Formations — Design your own unique strategy to create the perfect formation and tactics. Set each player’s exact position in the formation, and assign specific attacking and defensive runs to unlock the opposition.
It is wonderful, WON-DER-FULL! Finally I got it! No more restrictions, no more pre-formulate formation. I will be able to play with 4 forwards or to make my side forwards to become midfielders when defending. That is a real freedom. I can't say nothing critical. Yes, except the fact that I won't believe before I could try...:)

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