This game represents a teenage memory thats sits very well of a hot summer where we were all hopeful yet again for our countries chances for glory over the chanel in France.
Then of course reality kicks in and the boys were on their way home again amidst many boo's for player fopars such as Mr Beckhams tantrum with that Argentinian player! However as a 13 year old boy I had the chance to live out my dreams on my Playstation with England and my best attempts of me as a created player at centre forward winning the worldcup over and over again.
From what I remember this Fifa game was one of the first to introduce new and improved graphics and cut scenes of your team singing their national anthem and skills were added for clever trickery when working your way into the oppositions territory! Also impressive was the soundtrack which included the classic Tubthumping from Chumbawumba amongst other summery sounding classics from that tournament.
One of the few games that I feel Fifa got the balance of being good on the controller and being able to score absolute belters from 30 yards out before they started to opt for what we have today which is where they spend to much time making it look real but impossible to add any flare unless you have seven thumbs on each hand!
No doubt you will be able to download this on a newer console or pick it up for next to nothing somewhere but still worth a play especially to see some of the old names of football like Shearer, Ronaldo, Zidane etc etc!!
If I play a football game on a computer now it is usually one version or another of Pro Evolution Soccer because I think the game play and the smoothness as to how the games run is fantastic but when I first started to play these kinds of games I always opted for titles from the FIFA range manufactured by EA Sports.
They usually release a new version of these FIFA games every year with new features and of course updated statistics and teams as obviously players transfer from club to club and previously unheard of players make their entrance in to the football world. As well as these updated yearly versions they normally create special editions for tournaments like the World Cup and the one designed for France 1998 was a game I played again and again.
This game gave you the option to start at the group stages with any team that had qualified and try and progress from that group in to the knock out stages all the way to the final. You could play as any team and if you were England in your group you would have Romania, Colombia and Tunisia although I often chose Holland because I quite liked some of their players like Marc Overmars.
The game featured all of the official venues and the graphics and logos on the screen were the same you would see if you were watching coverage of the tournament on the BBC or ITV. The soundtrack was great and if I remember correctly featured great songs by Fat Boy Slim and the classic Tubthumping by Chumbawamba. This was a great game and reflected a good World Cup, much better than the one this summer just gone.
Chris Martin from Coldplay said that while they were doing promotional work for an album or something in France I think it was the interviewer joked with them and asked "what does an Englishman do once he has won the World Cup?"
"I don't know" Chris said
The interviewer revealed the answer "he turns his PlayStation off"
Sad to say if you do want to see an Englishman lift the World Cup you may have to purchase and play a game like this especially if this summer's performance was anything to go by.
Well i bought this game on an on-line auction for a bargin £3, fully boxed etc with full instructions, there is no way i would have paid the full price for it which i think was around £30.I usually find sports games quite boring. Anyway the game itself is what you would expect from a game called " World Cup 98 " ( EA Sports) you get to win the world cup for your chosen country.its all set in the authentic france 98 tourament, with all the same player,teams,stadiums etc. you can also have a commentry of your game too, with Motson and Waddle telling you how useless you are. Its quite realistic with tatics which u can change during the game ( you can also choose the length of the game) you can also use off-side tactics etc.etc.you can spend 10 minutes before each game just making choices. If you choose the easy mode,and the best team ( brasil ) i found myself wining the world cup within an hour of playing it, so its not difficult to learn to play, but of couse the more difficult the level, the more you lose 10- 0. The graphics are good, and the game runs very well, i am impressed with it, the only thing i dont like is the very sad celebrations after a goal is scored,it looks like the players have joined a ballet. If u can get your hands on a copy, and you like sports simulation games then i would say buy it, its a good,realistic game. you might even get england to win the world cup .. but we even hopeless on this game, so i doubt it .. it is after all very realistic!