In what is, quite frankly, one of the worst moves EA could ever have thought of, they have decided to remove 19 leagues for the 360 version of FIFA 07, yet include the full 25 for the Xbox and PS2 versions. Even the DS gets 22 leagues.
This news comes after EA stuffed up with a patch for LotR:BFME II. After all the clapping, thumbs up and “wow, what a great scoop” that Microsoft received for making football games exclusive on the next gen for the next year (meaning no other next gen console would have football on), this has got to be something they hadn’t seen coming. Why the most powerful home console machine in the world can’t run 25 leagues, or even 22, when the other three can is quite simply beyond me. I understand that graphics take up a sizeable amount of room, but when you have approximately 8GB of space to work with, I find this news staggering.
He knows it, we know it, so why don’t EA know they have really messed up this time?
But wait, my football friends, put down your knives and get out your swords, because there is more. The PS2 and Xbox versions receive 47 stadiums, whereas the 360 gets 21. Again, why oh why can they not include the same amount as the PS2 and Xbox versions. I wouldn’t mind if the PS2 and Xbox versions had less than 21. But no, good old EA, they really went to town with this one.
So, where the hell are these other stadiums? Well, I am guessing, but I wonder if they decide to release it as DLC, making you pay for what the current-gen versions already have? I personally wouldn’t put this past them, and is the only reason I can think of as to why they haven’t been included in the first place.
Screenshot from FIFA.EA.com’s leagues overview.
Now some of you have read the list and are saying “theres 7 leagues, idiot”. Well, technically your right. However, that seventh league includes one team. The league is Serie B, the team is Juventus. So they will play against no-one for the first season then get promoted? Absolutely absurd. The reason for this is presumably EA had already paid Juventus before the scandal (which saw Juventus relegated to Serie B and start the season with a 15 point deficit after it was found that the Juventus chairman had been bribing referees), and so have to include them. Once again, the PS2, Xbox and DS all get full Serie B. Hence why I didn’t include this “league” in my calculations.
A major blow to the support of football on the 360
Thank goodness for Pro Evo is all I can say. It seems EA just don’t care about us 360 football fans, and assume we will buy any crap they throw at us, finished or not. I urge all of you simply not to buy it (even you Verbalkint27!), because only then will EA take any note of their customers.
Unfortunately I could not find an email address on the site, because I would love to have a chat with the idiot that thought of this. Don’t fear though, I will continue to look and if I find anything, I will be sure to let you all know.