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The love/hate relationship inspired by EA Sports' FIFA series continues with the 08 edition. This is perhaps the most hit-or-miss series in the EA stable, which sees a new version ship nearly every six months; thankfully this one hits most of the right notes, and while from a pure gameplay perspective it's still not as good as Winning Eleven from Konami, it's certainly worth a hard look.As with most games in this series, FIFA 08 inundates you with options. The game licenses leagues from 23 different nations, including their sub-leagues. The only noticeable omission is the J-League, but chances are your favorite club team is in the game and ready to go with rosters that are current thanks to EA's online integration system. There is also a rich list of International squads. Five new stadiums are included as well, bringing the total up to a gaudy 28. Manager Mode remains the real draw to the offline game. Everything from scouting to developing young players is included -- even working out...
What's Hot: Fantastic game pace; Oodles of teams and leagues; Top-notch presentation; Good player control
What's Not: Teams play the same regardless of talent level; Too defense-minded