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★★★☆☆

“The new FIFA game represents a new era for EA Sports....”

Written on: 28/03/2004 by jmg3333 (1 review written)

Good Points
Graphics, soundtrack, options, longetivity.

Bad Points
Gameplay.

General Comments
The new FIFA game represents a new era for EA Sports. The game features a radically changed game engine, and a more technical and involved control system. This has obviously come as a result of past criticisms about the games difficulty level, but has it improved the game as a whole? Well...



The game, as usual, features an impressive range of teams and players (350 teams and 10000 players to be exact). The game also features an excellent soundtrack featuring songs from the likes of Kings of Leon, Radiohead and the Stone Roses. However, as with most games, if the gameplay is no good, then the game is no good, regardless of the frills and extras. So does the gameplay live up to expectation....



Well, I'm afraid the answer to this is no. In my opinion, EA have gone to far with their new control system and have made the game too confusing and impersonal. I have had the game more than a month now, and I have played it a hundred times or more, but I do not feel involved with the gameplay in the same way that I do when I am playing on one the Pro Evolution series. The reason the FIFA series has been so popular in the past has been down to it's simplicity, it's pick up and play appeal, but they have lost this now, and it's a shame. However, outside of this, the rest of the game is faultless. The graphics and commentary are superb, and there are enough in-game options to please even the most arudent games-player



There is no doubt that EA will continue to harness and improve the new engine and control system in the future, but for now, I would say play before you pay.