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FIFA 99 (N64)

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This is the football game developed by Electronic Sports and published by Electronic Arts.

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      21.09.2005 18:03

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      Ok, so I brought my kid an N^$ cos he wanted a games console and it was cheap (£10.30 on ebay, and that includes postage!) ]
      But, i've relaised I miss the days of images that are blocks, of classic graphics and games.

      Yes, the N^$ is old, and not many people want them anymore, hence the low price, BUT there stillw anted but fans of the classics, and mothers wanting cheap consoles to shut thier kids up.

      This game is self explnantory, you're playing footy.

      It does take a while to get used to this. I've been playing it for a few weeks now, and I still find it difficult to figure out my moves etc, and end up just bashing away at any and every button onmy controller, in no kind of order at all! ( it works for me).

      Mind you,t hats how I play most games these days.

      My son loves it, and at only 7 is far better at palying this game than his mum is.

      It is a great game nonetheless, and I am hooked on it. Thers not really all that much you cay say about it, it's football!

      it's a good game, you need good motor skills and coordination.
      It'sa quality you would expect from the N64, graphics obviously aretn so good as PS1 PS2 etc, but then like i said this is an older console, a real classic and a classic game.

      look on ebay, you cna pick it up cheap and it's well worth the few quid it'll cost you, really good value for money this game,a nd it will soon become a family favourite

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      19.07.2002 08:43
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      Before writing this review I honestly questioned myself whether there was any point, as I thought that next to nobody would be interested in purchasing a football game which is over three years old on an (nearly) extinct system. Besides anyone with any sense with an interest in football would already have hastily bought a Playstation along with the sublime ISS Pro Evolution. However I do now recollect that I never enjoyed Konami's series on the N64 (something about the gameplay just didn't seem right) and I couldn't deny that after having Fifa 99 for this long it was still "a great laugh" to play when friends came round. How many football games have you played where you can nutmeg the last defender, flick the ball with your back foot over the stranded keeper and then do an overhead kick on the spot - which results with you launching into a fit of hysterics at your opponent? This game has more tricks (literally) up it sleeves than Ronaldo. Considering how successful this incarnation of the Fifa series was, it seems bewildering that Electronic Arts (the developers) discontinued the series on Nintendo's console after this. When I have played the more recent Playstation versions I don't feel particularly impressed. The N64 version seems to be a much neater package altogether, and the analogue stick is an improvement on the standard d-pad. Many people I know however seem to have serious "issues" with the Fifa games. The problem they have is that EA throw out a new game every year without making any effort to stamp out the obvious flaws in the gameplay, which provoke criticism from football gaming purists. The control system is notoriously sluggish, and little things like being able to punch and push players to the ground without getting cards from the inconsistent referees do indeed distract a player who wants a realistic gaming experience. Also the fact shots no matter what the angle or distance nearly alw
      ays find the target is also a noticeable drawback on the gameplay front. Yes it is true (as with all the Electronic Arts sports games) that it boasts a comprehensive license with all the teams from the top leagues in England, Spain, France e.t.c; as well as more options than you can think of. A transfer system has been included for the first time which seems fine but soon becomes clear that very little thought has been put into it. Money cannot be earned in the game - instead each club has a set bank balance at the start. This is fine if you want to play as Arsenal or Man United as you can use your vast wealth to buy the cream of European talent. To add to the disappointment you are the manager of all the clubs and so all transfers in the game are made by you. Championship manager this aint. Of course this game does compensate in other areas as anyone who has played Fifa games would know. The create a player option is fun for a while if you want to field a team consisting of 11 people closely resembling Carlos Valderrama (Columbian Afro-man) and Pierluigi Collina (bald Italian referee). The game offers a fun and simplistic view of football that shouldn?t be treated too seriously. John ?Motty? Motson provides the commentary and the game also boasts a rather decent soundtrack (but I always turn the sound off and listen to a CD anyway so I don?t really care about that sort of thing). Another point of criticism is that saving data from this game takes up an entire standard memory card but generally I do recommend this as a decent rental/purchase for any N64 owners who are looking for another game to try out with your friends (if they like football that is).

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        28.11.2000 22:54

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        EA Sports has produced some of the finest soccer games on any platform. Last year's two versions of the FIFA franchise came replete with more options, stunning graphics, and hours of gameplay than ever before. With terrific animations, dozens of special moves and in-game strategies, it begs the question: Is there room for improvement, aside from just keeping up with new hardware and processing speeds? Little, but there is some. EA tweaked the graphics, added commentary and celebrations, beefed up teammate AI, and "smartened" sideline control - making FIFA 99 a better choice for the neophyte, and an almost-essential upgrade for the die-hard soccer enthusiast. All the moves you expect from an EA Sports FIFA title are here: flick passes, diving headers, slide tackles, and rainbow kicks. FIFA 99 adds new moves like directional chest-trapping to bring the ball down away from enemy players. You can fake the receipt of a pass. And draw fouls. And push the goalie down with the touch of a single button. It's now possible to volley an airborne ball directly to a teammate's head or feet. Shots on goal now include a chip shot and a poke shot to disarm the unsuspecting keeper. These aren't the same static goalies of last year's editions either. Instead of automatically grabbing and holding the ball every time, sometimes they kick the ball away, other times they fail to gain control and leave it in play, dangerously close to the goal. Plus, you can now have a hand in their control, and though this primarily means deciding when to pick up or drop the ball, it's now possible to charge enemy strikers. The threat of charging goalies makes offensive timing more of a critical issue.

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        26.11.2000 19:19
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        Do yourself a big favour, dont waste your money on this game when there are far better footy sims around. Although this game will probably keep your attention for a while it's not nearly as smooth or realistic as ISS2000. About the only thing going for this game is that it has the liscenese enabling the use of proper footballer's names instead of having to make up new ones or slightly change the originals. What's more, i think any good gamer will find this game of little challenge with the defenders easy to beat and the goalkeepers AI pretty predictable.

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          09.11.2000 23:54
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          Fifa '99 is a lot better by far than any other football game for the N64 game console. The gameplay is so real and there are so many different options when playing the game. There must be five different moves you can pull that are suited for all kinds of situations. This version is a whole lot better than other fifa games by far, but i would have to say also over International Superstar Soccer. The controls are easy to understand and the gameplay is great. If your looking to score a good game for the N64, Fifa '99 is a definate winner.

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          09.10.2000 07:29

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          Love football? get some mates round and play this game on the N64. Unlike their first foray into footie games fifa 64 this version, which is mark 4, is brilliant. It plays very fast, has excellent options for creating your own super leagues and cups using domestic and international teams, a transfer system, player and team editing and good artificial intelligence. Once mastered, don't play this game alone it really comes into its own when played with friends, there really is nothing better than mentioning a friend's belter of a shot has 'gone for a throw in'. Playing with friends in a league at the amatuer level really only results in a Rangers / Celtic type league so start with a higher setting for the level of difficulty. A top game.

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