EA Sports' treatment of the world's most popular sport gets its annual update in FIFA Soccer 08. New to this version of "The Beautiful Game" is the Be A Pro mode that lets gamers lock into the role of a single player and experience all the challenges of real-life strikers, midfielders, backs, and goalkeepers. Real-time feedback and analysis let gamers see how they are faring in several soccer disciplines like positioning, tackling, and passing, and a new building-block system allows players to combine tricks to recreate the signature moves of superstar footballers or break off animations at any time to adjust to the defense and transition into a new move.
FIFA Soccer 08 features a new ball-striking system that calculates shot success by taking into account various factors like ball spin, defensive pressure, player attributes, and air pressure. New to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles is Interactive Leagues online play, which lets fans of the F.A. Premier League, Bundesliga, French League, and Mexican 1st Division control their favorite team and take on rivals when the real teams play. Gamers can take to the pitch as one of 620 licensed teams, participate in 30 separate leagues, and control more than 15,000 players, a 20 percent increase over FIFA Soccer 07.