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FIFA 08 looks great, uses lots of math to kick balls

You might not think it while playing sports, but there's a ton of math involved in every single motion you make. Yes, that's right, there are people who care about how many degrees your bat swings, or how a ball travels in the air, or other more confusing arithmetic terms we really don't want to think about at this moment. The fact remains that in addition to making a great looking soccer game, EA wants to let you know they're putting a ton of math into FIFA 08. They've got a 22-page document detailing all their little formulae for the simple matter of shooting the ball. Impressive, no?

We're not going to talk about the graphics. We're excited to hear about all this math! Tricks will play important roles instead of being nothing more than flashy nonsense and luckily, their implementation is simple, fluid, and realistic. Plugging gaps in your defenses is easier with the new ability for the team's formation to change on the fly. If you'd rather do it yourself (kind of like playing Final Fantasy XII without Gambits ... try it, it's a hell of a lot of fun and an insane challenge on Active Mode), you can click the R3 button and take control of your keeper. Everything seems less ... automated, more real and dependent on your actions as a skilled player. We're glad -- EA needs to put more attention like this into all their games.

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1. Why am I reading about soccer at 5AM?
Anyway, its awesome to see alot of this stuff is becoming procedural, should make for some awesome gameplay

Posted at 5:23AM on Jun 26th 2007 by Toby

2. I always enjoy a new FIFA game (except the world cup edition, that one sucked). This one looks like its shaping up nicely

Posted at 9:44AM on Jun 26th 2007 by gullum

3. It looks that is going to be one hell of a game. 22 pages of math for the shooting, and with the Cell capacity to make calculations will be awesome!!!

And now that Sony is an official sponsor to FIFA, the FIFA 08 Interactive World Cup will be played on PS3... take that Microsoft!

Posted at 12:09AM on Jun 27th 2007 by Joe

4. it's not called soccer mate
it's called football

Posted at 1:46PM on Jul 25th 2007 by toon

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