In the days where there were millions of football games to buy for the PSX the two main runners where always ISS Pro and Fifa , even though there were always better games out there than FIFA such as Viva Football and This is Football. Because of the licenses and advertising it was always Fifa that was selling well at the top of the gaming charts.
Graphically FIFA was hard to fault, all strips were perfect and players really did look lifelike at the time and the commentary on the game was excellent and went along with the game perfectly.
The problem for me with FIFA is the gameplay and the 2000 edition still didn't address the fact that this was still far too easy or ridiculously hard. There was no middle ground when it came to setting the difficulty. If you were around the box and pressed O you'd score if you were on beginner, amatuer or Pro, and if you were on World Class you didnt' get near the ball.
There's plenty to do in FIFA with leagues cups and career mode so you can't fault it there but as a game on the whole I can't recommend it simply because of the gameplay, it brings this down from a good game to an average game.
FIFA 2000 was actually the first FIFA game that I didn't buy, or at least have any aspirations to buy, since the series launched in 1994. After the death of the Sega Megadrive, my only medium of videogaming was my PC, for which I bought copies of Road to World Cup 98, World Cup 98, and FIFA 99, but there was something about FIFA 2000 that just didn't excite me. Possibly because I had now bought three games using the same engine, possibly because the marketing campaign seemed more eager to promote Robbie Williams involvement with the game(Why I'll never know), I don't know, but this game is easily the FIFA I have played the least, as I got a copy of 2001 free with a printer, and either I've purchased or one of my friends had a copy of every other game since then.
This was the series really hitting the repetitive mark, you know all of those stories FIFA haters tell, about the games all being the same, too easy to score, just with updated rosters each year? it's basically FIFA 2000 they are talking about. The choice of player for the front cover(of the UK version) backs this up. Current Arsenal and England centre back Sol Campbell is a good player, one of the best in the game some may say. He's incredibly reliable, but the fact remains that he isn't exactly an exciting player. I don't mean him any disrespect by that, but I'm sure he would understand that somebody like Ronaldo or Zinedine Zidane get a more exciting and fancy footballing image accross. If your team signed Sol, you would think, good, solid signing, but if they signed Zidane, it would be very exciting.
And that really sums up this game. Upon it's release, had someone said "I just got FIFA 99", I would have been quite impressed, and probably asked to play it, but by 2000's launch, it was more "oh, ok, you can't really go wrong with FIFA".
For those completely lost, FIFA is EA Sports yearly Football/Soccer game in the vein of it's NBA Live and Madden series, where every season a new release is made with all the latest rosters and kits, as well as the odd gameplay change/tweak and on the odd ocassion a complete upheaval of the engine.
As I mentioned, FIFA 2000 was the third upgrade of the engine that first appeared in Road to World Cup 98, and it would also prove to be the second-last game to use the engine. As you can imagine, by this time it was starting to get a little old, and as I mentioned earlier, my interest in the series had started to falter. I didn't actually play this game to any length until I got it free in a 'Buy 2 get 1 free' special offer on PSX games last year, and to be honest I don't think I particularly missed out on much of gaming experience.
Given that it's really the only department of a sports game worth noting, I'll begin by looking at what is actually good about the FIFA 2000 engine. For a start, the game moves at a very brisk pace. The game can shift from one end of the park to the opposite in a matter of seconds, which results in some really exciting multiplayer matches, where both sides spend almost the entire game hitting each other on the break, even now, 5 years on it's possible to get a fun 2-4 Player game going, something that some football games released last year would struggle to do.
The game is very easy to pick up and play, and I wouldn't imagine anyone, not even those unfamiliar with the sport, would have any trouble getting to grips with the game quickly.
It's corner kick system is a marked improvement over the last game's, and is actually more useful than the system it has evolved into in the current crop of FIFA games, here 3 forwards in the box are assigned to 3 of the face buttons, something consistant with the newer games, but you control the swerve and angle of the ball being played in, like the older games. These corners make it possible to score(unlike the new games), but not a dead-cert to score(like the old ones)
On the downside, it's Free Kick system works the same as the corners, but is utterly useless in execution, and you will never score directly from a free kick. It's also far too easy to score goals in open play, so while matches may be entertaining, realistic isn't a word you could accuse the scorleines of adhering to, with it easily being possible to get into double figures, that's both teams if they are human controlled.
The game's new feature, the passing indicator, is a horrible addition that tries to make the game too easy, but the fact it doesn't work makes it rather comical. The feature involves the coloured circle that highlights the player you control when on the ball. A small arrow pointing towards the nearest man now protrudes from it, and it glows red, yellow or green to represent the chance of success(from poor,decent to ensured respectively), as I say, had this system actually worked, it would have made the game too easy, and done it's best to eliminate the risk element that a game requires to be fun. As things stand, most of the time it's wrong anyway.
In general, the gameplay pros and cons actually seem to balance out, and while the game is by no means a gameplay extravaganza, or worth paying a lot of money for, when you consider that I got it as part of a package of 3 games that cost me under a tenner, it can provide a good multi-player laugh, and the fact is that if I wanted a realistic football sim, I'd buy one for my XBox.
The game has the standard gameplay options, the Exhibition, the domestic season, the Cup, Training and the Custom League/Cup modes, generally a decent selection. The game has all the clubs from all the leagues you would expect(Scotland, England, Italy, Spain, France, Germany etc) as well as a fine selection of national sides, but what earned this series entry it's fame was the 'Classic Teams', which could be unlocked by winning tournaments. The classic teams was an idea first seen in World Cup 98, and it's been transpired to the FIFA series, bringing classic club teams, such as the Ajax juggernaut of the 70s to the game. I think this is a pretty neat little bonus, and the game, in one of it's horrendous attempts to act as a playable advert for his pop career, allows Robbie Williams to be played as. Why I don't know, what's worse is the amount of space wasted on promoting this 'cyber-robbie', instead of the actual game.
As you would expect, the rosters are nigh-on perfect for the start of the 00/01 season, and while the strips didn't yet have badges and sponsors, they do look enough like their real life counterparts, and it's safe to say it was the best looking game of it's time in this department.
One oddity is the fact that both Ronaldo and Pele don't feature in the game, well, their names don't. For Inter and Brazil, Ronaldo is referred to as 'No.9'(something to do with Ronaldo V-Football I assume), and in classic Brazil, Pele is 'No.10'(something to do with his 16-Bit game I assume). You can change the name anyway, so it doesn't really matter.
The game controls in the retro FIFA style:
X - Pass/Change Player
O - Shoot/Step-in Tackle
 - Lob/Slide Tackle
Triangle - Sprint
L1 - Through Ball/'keeper Charge
L2 - Quick Change of direction/Horrendous tackle
R1 - Block
R2 - 360 Spin
And while I can't say I was ever a fan of having Sprint on a face button, it's workable, and as I said, it's very easy to pick up and play, and can be learned, even by someone new to FIFA, within a matter of minutes. I don't have any response issues to complain about, so I have to leave the controls at a description of being generally solid.
Graphically...well the game has aged quite a bit in 5 years, and if we are being honest the player models are pretty darn blocky, but they do move quite well, although the celebrations look terrible for the most part, although that could be less down to the graphics, and more down to the bad choices of celebrations.
You shouldn't expect your favourite player to look too much like themself, I mean, most black players are black and so on, but FIFA always did throw up the odd mistake, such as a white,blonde-mulleted Henrik Larsson or the afro and bearded Barry Ferguson(look these two players up to realise how off this description is), but I can't remember coming accross any particular gaffes in this game.
The stadia are all fairly well presented as well, and other than the character models, the game holds up pretty well.
Sound in the game consists of a very repetitive commentary track from John Motson and Mark Lawrenson, and some decent, if rather basic sounding by today's standards, crowd effects. In menus and such, music is not only provided by the single Williams was trying to sell(Its Only Us) but also tracks from Gay Dad and Apollo Four Forty. All in all, it's actually one of the better FIFA soundtracks, a nice mix of decent rocky and techno-y tunes to keep you awake during the menus.
To be honest, trying to rate a 5-year old FIFA game is really quite challenging. It's not quite old enough to be retro and appeal to that crowd, but it's too old for the average football fan to want to play. Personally, while I feel it's probably one of the most generic entries into the franchise, I can't say I totally hate the game, or even that it's aged to the point of being impossible to enjoy.
I mean, I wouldn't recommend rushing out and buying the game, but if you fancy some 32-Bit gaming one day, and stumble accross this cheap, it does provide some really good multi-player laughs, and is one of the easiest football titles to pick up and play, and the fact is that, on a console whose library was saturated with absolutely terrible football games, something that's even playable is a god-send, and as I said, FIFA is always reliable.
I think I'm being fair on the game giving it 3/5 and a recommended. I mean, naturally I would recommend going for the latest FIFA to those whom it's available, but if you don't have one of the current generation of consoles, and you are looking for a cheap, fun footy title, that isn't necessarily all that realistic in terms of score-lines, then you could do so, so much worse than FIFA 2000.
FIFA 2000 - PSX Maybe it's symptomatic of the way football is heading, but FIFA 2000 - while undoubtedly the most advanced for its time - is the least enjoyable. It's almost as if EA have compiled a list of everything people associate with the sport, fed it into a super-computer and churned out FIFA 2000 as a result. It has all the teams, players that occasionally resemble their real-life counterparts, tournaments, and the requisite selection of tricks, traps and shots. This 'by numbers' approach also stretches to the famous EA sporting 'experience'. The 'laddism' associated with being a fan is supplied by Robbie Williams intro song and the digitised crowds roar, jeer and chant to emphasise their appreciation of the skills on show. Yet, despite all the attendant glamour, FIFA 2000 lacks a real footballing brain. While EA would say that many hours of work have gone into creating a truly realistic footie spectacle, the problem remains that FIFA 2000 plays just like its forerunners. This would be fine as FIFA '99 and the World Cup titles are good efforts, with ISS Pro Evolution upping the ante. FIFA 2000 looks flat by comparison and crucially, even struggles to keep up with its own prequels when it comes to liquid football. There are two reasons for this. First of all, the game lacks pace. Players prefer to stroll into position, and even after the most daring runs rarely break into a sweat. Secondly, everything is too precise. Although passes can be intercepted, they are pinged to feet with an accuracy most Premiership managers would sell Grandma's teeth for. Balls rarely get knocked into space, and through-balls invariably split even the tightest back four - a complete contrast to a move that rarely works in reality. This means that skill in FIFA 2000 is about as relevant as sportsmanship in the modern game. While initially you'll spray the ball about, marvelling at th
e laser-guided play, you'll soon realise that suck infallibility has little lasting appeal. The prissiness even affects the way the game looks. EA have diligently included a number of weather effects, but they lack the imagination to show a wet pitch cutting up as one too many sliding tackles take their toll. It's a pity FIFA 2000's fundamentals are so routine, because every other aspect is lashed with detail. Particularly the players, who are the stars of the show. No longer are they over-stretched like characters from a Lowry painting. Instead, they look resplendent, with their shirts bursting with detail and the faces of real footballers wrapped around their polygon mesh. The sound effects are similarly accomplished. Despite the loss of Des Lynam, the series sticks with FIFA stalwarts Motty, Lineker and Lawrenson, all of whom are on top form. Motson handles the trivia, names and describes the on-screen action, while Lawrenson chips in with inane comments, just like he did on Match of the Day. Brilliant. However, even clever commentary streaming and swooping camera work cannot compensate for the games basic flaws. Pretty soon FIFA 2000 starts to flag quicker than Calton Palmer at the 70-minute mark on a wet and muddy Saturday in February. Clearly, EA had to rethink the backbone of the FIFA engine - like they did for FIFA 2001. Aesthetics aside, little seems to have changes since '99. FIFA '99 worked well because the OTT atmosphere was the icing on a marvellously fluid, knockabout cake. But it's just old hat this time round. Somewhere along the line EA had lost sight of the fact that it's football's unpredictability which makes it so exciting. As a clinical representation of the sport, FIFA 2000 is fine - but it's like watching Sky Sports 2 cover Prescot Cables verses Castleton Gabriels. No-one cares. It looks great, but as a lasting and enjoyable game of football, FIFA 2000 ha
s curled around the outside of the post. Advantages: Football! Detailed and boasting incredible animation touches Polished and playable Disadvantages: Ultimately too simplistic Too precise and limited in the control that it offers Football by numbers My Rating: Graphics: 9 Sound: 8 Lifespan: 7 Overall: 8 - England 0 - 5 Luxembourg Under 11s IJC
This is quite a weak game after everything that was promised the graphics are quite good but not as expected. The game is very easy to win by making them run fast, this does not tire the players as the makers say. Games can be won 20 - 0 sometimes even more. The into is great but the whole game is quite slow. It takes a lot of time and you don't get much back from it. The cheat where robbie Williams plays is the best thing about the whole game. There is a very wide variety of teams that you can choose from and most players have individual things they do when they score this does make the game more entertaining but the whole thing is too easy and very boring. You can play in a choice of four modes a friendly a tournament a season or tranning. The best of these is the tournament mode but if you are looking for a quick game then choose friendly. Seasons are very easy to win and the tranning is very confusing. You then choose which teams to play for and against. The controls are then displayed as the game loads. You are either shown the controls for attacking or defence which again makes it quite confusing. The choice of cammera angles makes the game more interesting and it has very good sound effects. Customizing players is quite complicated and not really worth the bother. The manual is quite clear and gives fairly good instructions and diagrams.
About a year ago, I decided that I had to go out and buy a decent football game, seeming as I am a big fan of football. I instantly went for something in the Fifa series, and 10 minutes later, I came out of the shop with £30 less in my pocket, and Fifa 2000 in my hand. I rushed home to play it and was impressed immediately, as I had only had ‘Adidas Power Soccer’ to play on before, and it is not very good at all. Anyway, here are the details about the game: Fifa 2000 is obviously a football game, which is fairly recent. You have to select a team to play with, and then you can play against other teams from all over the world. There are English clubs, International clubs, International teams, a special team, who has Robbie Williams playing for them and Classic teams, which are 42 of the greatest teams in the last century. OPTIONS IN THE GAME: FRIENDLY MATCH - You can play against a computer or against a friend using this option. You have a selection of over 450 teams in over 15 of the greatest leagues around the world, along with the classic, teams, the international teams, and the special team. You can only have one match at a time in this option. If you want to play for longer, then you may want to start a league or cup. TOURNAMENT – In the tournament section, you are able to play a Cup, Custom Cup or a Custom League. Here are the details about each of them: ~ Cup: You can choose between two European Cups, which are the EFA Trophy and the European Championship. You can also play in the World Cup. For these options, you are able to duke it out with the best of the rest. I recommend the World Cup, as you get to play the best teams from around the globe, such as Brazil. ~ Custom Cup: Here you can create your own Cup tournament, and choose the teams which will take part. You are able to select teams from any of Fifa 2000’s supported leagues, as well as a selection of International sides. The
other option you have here is to choose whether you want to play a Round Robin League and knockout stage, or a simple knockout Cup competition. I recommend the knockout Cup competition. ~ Custom League: For this option, you are able to create your own league structure and choose your own teams that will compete in the league. This means that you can make it hard for yourself by making the league full with the best teams, or make it easy by making yourself the best team, and filling the league with the worst teams in the game. (Be careful though, the worst teams are not that bad). SEASON – In season mode, you can choose a team from any of 14 international leagues, and take control to lead them through multiple seasons, (with a maximum of 3 I think). You play every game in a full season, and if you do well, you are often invited to the European Cup, as well as other Cup matches. In season mode, you are also able to buy more players for your team, but you have a budget. Each team has a different budget, so don’t expect to buy the worlds best players with Southampton FC. TRAINING – This is an excellent feature in the game. Here, you can use a selection of training drills to practice your ball skills. You can practice things such as penalties and free kicks with different players, so you may be able to guide your free kicks into the top corner of the net like David Beckham. TEAM MANAGEMENT – You can control every aspect of your teams performance with this. You are allowed to change details such as formation, free kick takers, substitutes and who will play in each game. You are also able to control which players you want to buy from other teams here. Any team changes in a league or cup are automatically saved when that league or cup is saved. COMMENTARY: ~ Pre-match – Before the match starts and the players run out on the pitch, you are taken to the stadium, and shown the team sheets. Duri
ng this time, Gary Linekar gives his views on the teams, and he predicts what the game will be like. You are able to skip all of this though, just by pressing the start button. ~ During the game – There is commentary from Mark Lawrenceson and John Motson throughout each game. The commentary in the game is pretty good. There are not stupid comments, and most things they say are accurate. They make comments when there is a free kick, goal kick, when someone scores etc. but they never seem to get very excited. Oh well, it must just be boring to watch me play. This commentary, like I’ve said, is excellent, and it adds life to the game. NAMES OF PLAYERS: There is one advantage with the Fifa series, and that is that the players names are their real names. Unlike other games, Fifa spells peoples names, such as Beckham properly, and not like becanam. This is because they are licensed to do this, and it makes the game a lot better, as you know which players are in your team, and which players have scored for you etc. IN GAME MENUS: While playing the game, you are allowed to do a whole list of things: ~ Instant replay – You can replay a move, or a piece of the game which you have recently played. You are able to change the camera angle, zoom in our out, and play it in slow motion. This is an excellent feature. ~ Camera – You can choose which camera you view the game from. This means that you can view it from the sideline, from one half of the pitch, or higher in the air. I just tend to leave it on the camera angle which it immediately goes to, as it is the easiest to play from. ~ Team management – Here you can change the formation, free kick takers, or make substitutes. This is very useful. ~ Side select – You can change what side you are playing for. This means that if you are playing for England at the beginning, but then you want to play the opposing team i
nstead, you can. You can also use this function to cheat, because if you are losing, you can take control of their team and make them score an own goal – easy. ~ See the summary of the match – This means that you can see who has been booked (given a red or a yellow card), see the score sheet, and get the general facts about the match. This includes being able to see who has had the most shots on goal, corners, or possession. ~ Restart match - You can restart your current match. ~ Quit match – You are able to leave that match and go back to the start screen if you are playing a friendly, or back to the league or cup tables if you are playing a league or a cup. SAVING YOUR GAME: To save a game, you have to have a memory card. These are quite cheap, going at about £9.99 for the official ones, and £4.99 for the ones made by other manufacturers. When you save, it takes up between 2 and 14 memory blocks – a 1mb-memory card has 15 blocks. If you already have too many games saved on it, you can overwrite them by scrolling through and selecting the one which you wish to overwrite. To load the game, you have to go to the games load menu, and select the game you wish to continue with, which you have already saved. AUDIO: The audio is brilliant, as there is a lot of music from Robbie Williams, which is why he has been included in the game. He sings ‘It’s Only Us’, which is played at he beginning of the game, and at half times etc. There is constantly music playing. When you are at a start screen, or when you pause the game, music starts playing. I think that this is excellent, as most of the music is excellent, and it really adds life to the game. There is also a lot of audio from the commentators. They give pre-match predictions, and they are continuously commentating through each game. This makes the game much better. As well as the music during intervals, and spe
ech from the commentators, there is a considerable amount of sound effects. The crowd cheer and you can hear the kicking and heading of the football. This also makes the game that much better. GRAPHICS: The graphics are quite good. The players are in quite good detail, and so is the pitch. You are even able to see all of the banners around the edge of the pitch, and the scenery in the background. The crowd is really just a lot of blobs, but it would be pointless to do each person in the crowd in detail anyway, and it doesn’t really make any difference. Overall, the graphics are good, and accurate. CONTROLS: ~ X button– To pass. This is a pass along the ground to a teammate. The square button executes a high ball. ~ Run – To run fast, you have to rapidly tap the triangle button. ~ Tackle – The O button allow your player to tackle an opponent while standing up. The square button executes a sliding tackle, and the R1 button executes a dangerous tackle which totally takes a player out, and usually leaves you with a booking. ~ Shooting at goal – You can shoot by pressing O. You can use after touch, by pressing L2 AND R2, which makes the ball swerve left and right. ~ Keepers ball – When the keeper has the ball, you can press X or O to make him kick the ball, or square to make him throw the ball to one of your players. ~ Throw-ins – Press x to throw the ball to one of your players, or square for a long throw. ~ Corner kicks – Press the O button and hold it to increase the power, then release it to kick the ball. You can also change the direction of the kick by using the directional buttons, and make it curl using the R1 and L1 buttons. ~ Special moves – If you press R2, then the player spins around and avoids a tackle. If you hold it however, he flicks it over his head as well as the challenging players head. You can also press L2 with makes the
player jump and avoid a tackle. CONCLUSION: Fifa 2000 is an excellent game. There are so many teams to play with, and so many Tournaments and leagues you can play. This means that the game lasts a long time, and it is well worth the money. It is not a game in which you will often find yourself 15-0 up, unless you are in the easy mode, and often goals are scarce. The audio and the graphics are excellent. Everything is in quite good detail, and the whole game is packed with music from different artists. As you can see, there are so many good points about the game, and I believe that it was well worth my money. It is quite recent, and therefore most of the players play for the right teams. Fifa 2000 is not slow and boring, but very fast. You can perform quite good skills and runs, and some of the touches and passes are excellent. You can perform some extraordinary special moves, which improve the game a lot. These make the game more worth buying. I brought Fifa 2000 for £29.99, and I thought that this was a good price. I am not sure if you can get it any cheaper now, but I haven’t really looked. If it is still £29.99 though, I think that you should give it a miss, and go for the most recent one in the series, Fifa 2001. This is priced at £29.99, and it is also very good. I hope this was of some help to you :) HAPPY GAMING!!!
If you are a footy fan & you own a Playstation, a decent footy game is a must. But which one? There are dozens of versions out there waiting to part you with your hard earned cash. Should you buy FIFA? Read on... There are the usual hundreds of options within the game. Anyone who has played an EA release before will know that attention to detail is not lacking. You can choose from any one of stacks of teams & countries - you can play a tournament, a league a friendly - you get the idea. And so to the game itself. John Motson & Mark Lawrenson are the commentators who talk you through the action. There is the usual array of controls from hard tackle to sliding tackle to speed burst to lob etc etc. The only thing that I find is that once you master the control system, which takes a few attempts, the lower levels of difficulty are just too easy. Within a couple of go's I was winning 5 or 6 nil. You need to go to a higher level to get a challenge. That said this is still a fine game. Probably not worth getting if you have an earlier version though.
The much improved graphics are as fluid and precise as ever. In some games you enjoy an improvement in graphics but your player control suffers. Not this time. The players move easily across the field, allowing you to stop on a dime, change direction and out maneuver the opposition. It is also worth noting that your players finally seem to have purpose, even when your not controlling them. They move to the open field, they give support to the ball carrier, and if you give a nice cross they crash towards the goal to set up for headers in the box. While the Playstation still shows its age with this title, EA Sports did the best they could with what they had.
I have not actually got Fifa 2001 on the Playstation 1, but I have got the game that was released before it-Fifa 2000. The Fifa series has been running for a total of about seven years now I think, with each game being bigger and better tha nthe last. The series was improving all the time, but the latest Fifa 2001 was just awful! See my opinion on the game for the details! Fifa 2000 is a far better game then 2001 despite the fact that it doesn't look as good - it certainly plays a lot better. When you think back to the days of Fifa '95 on the Mega Drive, it is quite amazing to think just how far it has come. In 95, there was no commentary apart from some mental bloke shouting 'goal' when you scored, the graphics were shoddy to say the least and all of the players names were simply imitated from the development team. In 2000, real players names are used (except for Ronaldo, who is called 'No.9'), excellent commentary is provided from John Motson and Chris Waddle, with Gary Linekar introducing each match. The whole match experience is made much more realistic this way, and details are given on the form of each team in league competition before the match begins. Also, the most significent improvement in the season mode is the ability to play more than one season back to back and you can even qualify for European competition, as well as seeing teams relegated and promoted from the vast database of leagues and competitions available, from the FA Cup and Premier League to the American League!! Fifa 2000 is an excelent game which is a credit to the legendary Fifa series. Judging by this game, you'd think Fifa 2001 must be very good indeed as I have not known a Fifa to decline in quality from one game to the next but it isn't! Well, it isn't any good on the PS2, but as for the PSone version? I'll have to see for myself... If you don't want to risk 2001, stick with 2000. Its a sa
fe bet for a quality footie game!!!
FIFA 2000 has got to be one of the best football games ever released on the Playstation. First off, the most striking feature of FIFA 2000 are its graphics. They are simply stunning. With motion-captured graphics, the game looks wonderful. The players move as any soccer player would, sometimes even more fluidly. The player profiles are simply superb, and they actually look like the real players, and play like proper footballers, which is unusual for a computer game. The bets bit though is the after-goal celebrations. From dives onto the grass to running into the opponents? goal, celebrations are rather over the top sometimes. Instant replays are good, too, as they pick the best camera angle throughout the play, giving you a better view of just what happened. It is simply the most realistic game I have ever played, and I cannot put the controller down!!! The gameplay is also very realistic., although it does have a few problems, but nothing dramatic.. There is enough variety in the ?pass, pass, pass, pass, shoot, pass, pass...? formula to liven things up. Also, Electronic Arts realised the fact that 45 minute halves would not cut it with soccer fans, even the fanatics. Therefore, you can have various lengths of halves, ranging from 2 mins to the full 45, although anyone who plays that is seriously bored. The commentary in FIFA 2000 is not so good. It is not very accurate for the most part, and there is not nearly enough variety to keep things interesting. Along with the lack of in-game music, whereby the same tunes are played over and over gain to irritation!! You are better off turning down the television volume and turning up the stereo, like I do. The commentary can certainly get very repetitive and they have a lack of variety. Although it does have it?s problems, FIFA 2000 has done a good job of bringing the casual fan into the game. Fanatics will not be disappointed, either, with the strong gameplay and variety.
Overall, a superb game, although too similar to 99 for my liking
Lets get one thing straight - this, and the endless precedents are prety good games (not counting any dross like FA premiere stars). The only thing I think the EA are taunting us every time they release a new edition. They always manage to screw something up that was really good about the previous one, such as in Fifa 99 when they removed the option of calling up players into national squads, being able to move players in the team strategy and giving layers individual aggressiveness stats. With fifa 2000, they haven't brought these little features back, and indeed taken others away - who wants all the obscure leagues when they remove all the special teams and the rest of the world XI's? On the plus side the game does play a bit better, the ball movement is more realistic, goalkeepers aren't such complete goons and its not quite so easy to dribble the length of the pitch. But seeing as though EA want us to buy fifa 2001 and 2002 they'll manage to improve it in some ways, and screw it in others. My advicec is to dust off the N64 and play any of the beautiful ISS's.
My only previous experience of EA Sports' football offerings had been a brief dalliance with 'FIFA 98 - Road to the World Cup' on the PC, but after hours spent glued to my controller playing FIFA 2000 I can heartily recommend this game. It has everything you want from a footy game, easily customisable skill levels, which do provide a graded challenge, easing you into the control system at the easiest level before providing you with fast and more inventive opponents at higher levels. The controls themselves are intuitive and allow you to construct flowing moves with ease, and although there are some pretty foolproof ways of scoring goals, these are not as obvious as in earlier incarnations of the game, and on the higher skill levels the computer seems to react better to your attacks, meaning that your opponents do adapt their formation to cut off your passing moves. There is a wide range of teams (as ever including some EA staff, and Robbie Williams and Port Vale are buried in there somewhere) and competitions, which ensures that this game is almost as much fun for one player as with multiple players... you can choose to play a full league season in any of the countries featured (including a randomly-generated cup competition), or put together your own cup competition. My one gripe is that the system for taking free kicks has been changed - instead of being able to chip, pass or shoot wherever you want, you can now only shoot in a user-defined direction and the other three buttons direct a pass to a highlighted player in one of your set moves. This does take some getting used to and just does not seem as flexible as before. However, the ultimate evening in, involving FIFA, beers, and your mates almost coming to blows over a vicious late tackle while Motson and Lawrenson discuss the incident, cannot be beaten. All in all, superb entertainment!
FIFA 2000 School Footy Eh? Standing around in cold muddy fields with the local show off running rings around you. Yeah, school footy sucks donkey balls! Now PSX football, that's more like it! Fast fluid action in the comfort of your own warm dry room. Breeze through the Arsenal defence and score the golden goal in the dying final seconds in the cup final. Enough talk, lets get stuck into this Fifa game because it's flipping good. Fifa games are fast in action, often too fast! Like in premership footy, a game of Fifa will be filled in goals galore. The spins, flips, hacking and nutmegs that made Fifa 99 such a big hit are still here but there is more. There is a new close up control system which lets you hold the ball up, dribble and tease the opponents until they half you; it's fantastic! The goals are even more amazing than before. With a larger pitch, the build-up play is a lot smoother and less of a hit and hope affair. An all round ace game. What an improvement! The flat, badly animated characters from the last year's game have been given the boot and replaced by smooth, realistic players. They flop around the pitch, tug at shirts, dive for goals and volley powerfull shots into the back of the net. This game is red hot! Close your eyes. Go on it's safe. Is that the TV? Is that the match of the day with Lineker and chums? No, it's Fifa 2000 and it sounds superb! Complete with a pre-match team summary and idle chatter, game commentry dosen't get much better that this! All the teams, all the tournements and all the players are thrown into this game. This will take ages to complete. Each hour of knocking the ball around will teach you a new skill, new formations and bigger, better goals. When you think it's all over, there's the Full Season to get your teeth into, which is so good it's dangerous. You'll be huddled in your room missing all the proper footy actiuon on the telly!
Fifa 2000 is more of the same from EA. I've always felt ripped off when every year EA bring out a new Fifa game, with minimal differences, from it's predecesors, perhaps they should release add on packs instead. In my opinion fifa 2000 is not as good as Fifa 99 , although the graphics are better, they seem a little bit cartoony, and the computer players AI is still very dodgy, you can score almost at will with very little difference between any of the goals you score. AI has always been a problem, not just with the fifa series but all football games, and Fifa 2000 is nowhere near close to solving it, it is not uncommon for a five minute game to end 6 all. EA had said this was the most realistic football game ever, but this is not really true, ISS pro evolution is much more realistic than this. Me I would rather play Sensible soccer on my Amiga.
Don't get me wrong, I've always been a big fan of the various FIFA games, and I've owned approximately half of them on various formats over the years, including the classic original on the Mega Drive!! Unfortunately, the crown for best arcade fooball game has been stolen by ISS Pro Evolution on the PSX.This game is just fottballing perfection, and is only let down by a couple of minor points, presentation wise. FIFA has tonnes of brilliant touches in true EA style, but it's almost all window dressing. The menus and commentary are typically brilliant, but unfortunately, the game hasn't changed all that much over the years. It's still far too easy to run down the wing, cross the ball in just right and score 95% of the time. This is not good, as it leads to ludicrously high scoring matches. Obviously, you also get an insane numbr of clubs and countries to play the game as, but it's a fundamentally arcadey game, compared to the slightly more panned approach to ISS! Well worth owning if you want to simulate a Premiership season, but apart from that, get ISS Pro Evolution instead.
What can i say- this game is just soooooooooo brilliant- i seriously suggest that you buy it. the graphics are unbelievable, and it is just way better than FIFA 99. It has kept me going for ages. I would still like to see the indoor mode which they had on FIFA 97 but which has subsequently disappeared. However, the quality of the stadiums and the feeling that you are in that stadium more than makes up for it. I am sure that FIFA 2001 will be better, but i am content with the sheer class of thsi game. BUY IT NOW!!!!!