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The EA bigwings must have shat themselves when the wally with the brolly and his bunch of overpaid, overrated underachievers crashed out of Euro 2008 before the tournament even began. After all, which englishman would want to buy a football game without england in it?
Well fear not beacause EA has 'cheated', letting you rewrite history by either playing through the qualifiers, or if you can't be arse'd to struggle against the likes of the mighty Andorra again, you can skip straight to the tournament itself and simply swap one of the teams for England.
Unfortunately you still have to suffer the sight of the gnarly-looking, innefective McClaren on the sidelines. Continuing where FIFA 08 left off, the new captain your country mode is a variation on the game,s Be A Pro mode. Here you create a new player or choose an existing star and must try to force your way into the Euro 2008 first team andeventually captain the side by controlling that player in 'B' matches, friendlies and qualifiers.
In gameplay terms there is'nt really a lot to differentiate this from this FIFA 08, though it is a bit quicker and easier to score - which should please FIFA 08 Fans no end. And you will see players reacting badly to being substituted, mangers prowling the touch line and rain lashing down. Interactive goal celebrations is a gimmickly new feature which you control using various button and anlaogue stick combos, and they're only really worthwile for rubbing the noses of complete strangers in the dirt whenever you are playing online.
There is'nt really enough new stuff to recommend this if you already have FIFA 08, but then UEFA EURO 2008 is all about serving a purpose - and that purpose is to banish the memories of England's failure to qualify. In that sense, its more therapeutic than entertaining - and we are thankful.
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