On the gameplay front, FIFA 07 Soccer comes equipped to score new legions of fans. Sure, it’s not sporting the fancy ball physics of the Xbox 360 version, but the ball physics have been reworked a bit here as well. Although not independent of the handler, the ball physics are much more realistic in FIFA 07 Soccer. You’ll notice the ball curve more under a hard shot, hit the pitch and spin naturally into space, and generally act more “lively” when not being controlled.
The shooting mechanic has been revamped as well, taking player context and skill into effect. Having Henry blast one is a good thing, but not if he is well marked. Player skill will rarely outdo an open shot and one with momentum towards the goal. The power gauge is also more sensitive this time around, which means it takes a fair amount of skill to get one on net and not over-hit it. I’m not sure if the new system is more or less realistic (as the pros make it looks easy), but it will definitely take more patience to master shots in FIFA 07 Soccer.
The passing dynamic needed work last year, and it has received the necessary attention in FIFA 07 Soccer. Holding in the pass button will now accurately send a ball toward a teammate, instead of weakly dribbling the pill in every instance. You no longer have to lob a ball to get it on a player’s foot, as the ground pass is now formidable (and more believable). Lofted balls come with reticles that mark where the rock will land, which is quite useful as you can use your left stick to jostle with a defender. Setting up just fore of the reticle and pushing your opponent back away from the incoming ball is now a valid technique, and one that makes any airborne situation more strategic. Even set plays have been reworked in FIFA 07 Soccer, allowing top or back spin on the ball to be set in an analog fashion.
Overall Gameplay FIFA 07 Impressions :
I have a feeling that there’s a percentage of the population that won’t enjoy the changes made to the gameplay in FIFA 07 Soccer. Those that think there’s not enough scoring, or too many ties in soccer will most likely denounce what EA has done in FIFA 07 Soccer. But for those true soccer fans out there, EA’s efforts in FIFA 07 Soccer will surely be applauded. Yes, there are more ties in FIFA 07 Soccer than in years past, and true, it is harder to score. But have you checked the box scores of, say, the last 100 matches of last year? Scoring is low, so EA has done nothing more than make FIFA 07 Soccer more realistic.
The key things that make the gameplay in FIFA 07 Soccer better are air jostling, ground passing, and positioning. The ability to “post up” another player while waiting for an air ball to land is huge in making FIFA 07 Soccer play better. Another nice feature is that you can choose to play air balls without trapping them, and it actually looks natural. The higher velocity ground passes, and the ability to play these passes in rapid succession (without cuing up a one-two pass maneuver) make for much more exciting and believable soccer as well. The general position in of the A.I. players (which has a lot to do with the organic feel of the game) is really solid, making what unfolds on the electronic pitch look a lot like what happens in the real world.