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FIFA 07 (also known as FIFA Football 07 and FIFA Soccer 07) is the 2007 edition of EA Sports' series of soccer simulator video games. Developed by EA Canada, it is published by Electronic Arts.

It was the last game in the FIFA series to be released for the GameCube, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance, and the second to be released for the Xbox 360. The next-generation graphics and physics engine used in the Xbox 360 version will be exclusive to the console for a period of 12 months. It was also released for PC, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation 2.

There are seven different covers of FIFA 07, each with a different player, depending on which region the game is sold in. Ronaldinho (FC Barcelona) graced the cover of all the games and was joined by Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy) and Francisco Fonseca (UANL Tigres) in North America; Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) in the United Kingdommarker, Australia, and the Benelux; Lukas Podolski (Bayern Munich) in Germanymarker; David Villa (Valencia) in Spainmarker; Kaká (Milan) in Italymarker; Juninho (Lyon) in Francemarker; Tranquillo Barnetta (Bayer Leverkusen) in Switzerlandmarker; and Kim Nam-Il (Suwon Samsung Bluewings) in South Koreamarker.

Game features

Spanish cover art


The following features are in the game:
  • More than 510 teams in 27 leagues and 20 countries with over 10,000 licensed players.
  • Interactive Leagues: An interactive online league has been introduced which creates interactive versions of the FA Premier League, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and the Primera División de México. Tracking the weekly real world fixtures, it matches up fans of one club against the fans of that week's fixture.
  • More interactive crowds that react to every move during a game. Crowds also sound like the region the player is playing in. Home and away fans react differently to different incidents on the pitch, such as a small corner of the stadium cheering the away support.
  • Manager Mode is enhanced to match realistic player experience rates. Players age and gain more experience, which improves their overall rating.
  • Improved passing, crossing, and free kick techniques and advanced goalkeeper artificial intelligence (AI).
  • Improved shooting techniques that measure up a player's space, composure, and technique to decide what will happen to the shot. A new "finesse" shot has been included that requires a lot more space and composure, but has less power, and can curl.
  • Manager Mode can be transferred between the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable with a simple USB cable. Manager Mode also features player growth and development, as well as youth training camps to produce more players (with older youth players moving up to the main team).
  • New ball physics such as top spin and backspin take into account the pitch, weather and player conditions. The player can add spin to free kicks in different directions, something which was not possible in FIFA 06.
  • Ability to create original clubs (not in PSP version).
  • Manager Mode money is measured in pounds sterling, euro or US dollars rather than points.
  • Like its predecessor, FIFA 07 offers a World XI and a Classic XI, plus an MLS All-Star team.
  • FIFA 07 takes into account the kicking strength of each player, which includes a weakness on a player's non-preferred foot.
  • New unlockables in the Fan Shop.


Leagues

There are a total of 27 leagues available in FIFA 07. There is also an International league that features national football teams, and a Rest of World league that includes other notable clubs from around the world.

Playable Leagues





Notes

360 - not available on the Xbox 360 Version.

DS - not available in the DS version.

GBA - not available in the Game Boy Advance version.

OL - Interactive online league.

1 - The Danish Ligaen will be a generic league on the Nintendo DS version.

2 - Juventus was included in the Italian Serie B on the Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, Gamecube, PSP and PC versions, and in Serie A on other consoles.

3 - New Inclusion

Rest of World

FIFA 07 has 14 clubs in its "Rest of World" division. This league is not available in the Nintendo DS console version or the Xbox 360 version.





International

FIFA 07 has 43 teams in its international division. Some of the more notable exclusions are the Netherlands (who made it into the round of 16 in the 2006 World Cup) and Japan (who made it into the round of 16 in the 2002 World Cup, but whose licensing rights currently belong to Konami.) The following international teams are playable in the current generation consoles.









1 New inclusion

2 Only on Xbox 360



Stadiums

There are a total of 51 stadiums available:





1 New inclusion

2 Only on Xbox 360



Xbox 360

Electronic Arts developed a new sports engine for the Xbox 360-version of FIFA 07. This meant not only improved graphics and better controls, but the physics and control were also improved. The game collects more data from the matches than previous version, and thus is able to give a "man of the match" award. The commentary in English is provided by Martin Tyler and Andy Gray and the commentary in Mexican Spanish is provided by Enrique Bermúdez and Ricardo Peláez.

Extra features include up-to-the-minute real-world game results via real-time, weekly podcasts and news ticker, detailed football stats, information and real-world news available in five languages. Via Xbox Live, players will receive automatic transfer updates. While online, FIFA 07 will enable four friends to play together on one console against four of their rivals that share another console. Manager Mode features an all-new player evolution system that enables the player to develop his or her own players and a Challenge mode that offers a total of 85 scenarios. Each player in the game will be unique, even have dynamic clothes, and the game will have fully customizable characters. Finally, the Xbox 360 version will offer a mini-game while the game loads, dropping the player in a one on one face off against the goalkeeper on a practice pitch. There is also very limited leagues on the Xbox 360 compared to the other consoles.

EA cut all but seven leagues from the Xbox 360 version of the game - one of which contained only one team (Juventus). According to producer Jean-Charles Gaudechon, this is because the new game engine took so long to develop that EA was not able to implement everything.

A FIFA 07 demo was made available on Xbox Live Marketplace on 6 October 2006.

Game soundtrack

FIFA 07 features a wide variety of world music on its soundtrack. The songs featured are as follow:





1Featured in the GBA version soundtrack.


Tournaments

FIFA 07 is also included in the Championship Gaming Series and the World Cyber Games.

Achievements and awards

  • UK: Seventh fastest selling game of all time [331775]
  • IGN: Game of the Year 2006: Best Sports Game (Xbox, PC) [331776][331777]
  • IGN: Game of the Year 2006: Best Licensed Soundtrack (Xbox 360) [331778]
  • TeamXbox.com: Game of The Year 2006: Best Sports Game (Xbox) [331779]
  • UK: First FIFA title to top the UK Christmas chart since FIFA 98 [331780]
  • AIAS Nominations (10th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards): Best Sports Game of 2006 [331781], Best Licenced Sound Track of 2006 [331782]
  • Average review score: 85% Xbox, 82% PS2, 80% Gamecube, 80% PSP, 78% PC, 73% Xbox 360. (metacritic.com)[331783]
  • BAFTA Nominations (2007 Video Game Awards): The PC World Gamers Award (voted for by the public) (PS2) [331784]
  • EGM gave it an average of 6.5.


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