I went over to Dave’s house to watch Disturbia, which ended up being a pretty good movie, and decided to download the Fifa 2008 demo on his Xbox 360. I want this game on PS3, but figured, what the hell, and checked it out. I haven’t played the demo on the PS3 yet, due to my lack of a PS3 😦 lol. Loading the demo up, past the title screen you enter an empty pitch, with just your character (Ronoldinho from Barcelona FC) and a Keeper. This is basically a “free run” mode where you can practice / learn new tricks and practice shooting at the net. This is a pretty cool idea, especially if you were able to load up the same level with other friends online, this would make an awesome game lobby. Graphics were crisp and smooth, framerate was nice and high, and the lighting was stunning, even on an older CRT TV.
My only real complaint about the demo is the complete lack of any instruction whatsoever. Hitting start, and looking at a controller setup would of been nice, seeing as how I looked like an idiot for about 20 minutes trying to figure out how to do the most basic of dribbling moves… Lame! Shooting was abnormally difficult too, which it shouldn’t be, at all.
After all that, I decided to play a match, can’t remember what club I was, seeing as how I just rushed in. Again, graphics are pretty, models look nice, lighting is stunning and the detail is all there. First thing I noticed gameplay wise, was passing, shooting and dribbling felt a little slow. I don’t want it to to be super arcade fast like Pro Evo Soccer 08, but damn these players are like middle schooler fast. A quicker pace would be nice, and quicker thinking CPU players would be even better. I also noticed the keepers are utterly useless. In slo-motion you can easily see the keeper diving for a ball that has already passed him, and is halfway into the net, wtf!? I want to play the PS3 demo very bad!