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Fifa 2007 - EA Sports new season kicks off in style

Fifa 2007

Feature by Jack Foley

WITH the Premiership season now in full swing and the transfer window firmly closed until January, the time is right for EA Sports to release the latest installment of their highly successful Fifa series.

And from the first whistle, EA SPORTS FIFA 07 throws players into the new football season, complete with a range of new and exciting features and all the latest team line-ups.

Fans now have the power to shape their club’s destiny in the EA SPORTS Interactive Leagues [F.A. Premier League, Bundesliga, French League, Mexican 1st Division], a new online mode that enables them to pit their club against supporters of real-world opponents.

Hence, participants can play games according to the real-world schedule so that when they play, you play.

A team’s progress can also be tracked as the aggregate results determine a club’s position in the league table.

New intelligent AI ensures that the 11 men on the pitch make realistic decisions, finding space and passing like professionals.

This has been achieved by a complete overhaul of the game engine which means that players have to employ real world tactics, make realistic decisions and think like a player in order to win matches.

They can also take on the updated and improved challenge of the Manager Mode. Player values and wages have been tuned to be even more realistic and managerial decisions have even more tangible effects on player performance and welfare.

Sadly, this also means that smarter CPU decisions mean rival managers are even more strategic in their own pursuit of silverware.

In terms of gaming experience, Fifa 2007 also delivers in spades. Special new ‘feel of it’ bits have been introduced so that players are designed to accelerate faster.

Hence, the shift from standstill to full pelt, and vice-a-versa, is much more gradual and fluid than last year’s version, making it harder to suddenly change direction. Players therefore have to adopt much more of a passing game to succeed.

The ball physics have also been modified to allow players to control it with different parts of their upper body and there are new animations to compliment chest and shoulder juggling.

But the most striking change to actual play takes place while shooting at goal (if the defences don’t close you down first, that is!).

Shooting is now much more skill-based and players can feel their directional movements have a much greater affect on the direction of the ball.

The game now takes into account elements such as the speed of the pass and the angle a player is facing when taking the shot, enabling the trajectory of the ball to change accordingly.

A brand new side-foot shot option also enables player to construct goals based around skill more than power, adding to the accuracy and overall sense of accomplishment in scoring ‘the perfect goal’.

Fifa fans should therefore find themselves revelling in the latest improvements, while finding it a little harder to negotiate their way to that elusive Premiership title!

Fifa 2007 is released by EA Sports on September 29, 2006.