“ This sports/football is developed by XYZ and published by Electronic Arts (distributed in USA by THQ) and can be played by up to five player (simultaneously). „
Genre: Football Simulation
Developer: EA Sports
~ Overview ~
This was my first football game I had for the PC and did not disappoint. The opening credits were visual amazing and the music tracks were also a lovely addition to the game. There was a lot of varieties in the game and allowed you top play as international, club or even five a side teams. The game did come with licences for each team and national team which made it one of the best for its time, although International Superstar Soccer Pro was right on its heels.
The graphics were great in the game, especially the stadiums and wonderfully 3D rendered footballers which could perform beautiful over head kicks and side volleys with ease. The game seemed to move very smoothly without stuttering, and the weather effects just added to the realism of the game. By today's PC graphics it is no out of date but still a classic in my book in terms of graphics and playability.
~ Sound Quality ~
Sound effects and music were perfect, but as all games do the same music repeated for a couple of years do start to get a bit repetitive. My favourite sound effects were the crowds which were normally biased towards the home team.
~ In game controls ~
The controls were quite easy to pickup and once mastered you would be able to perform more complex moves, like over head kicks and diving headers. I remember having to tap the button for shoot a couple of times and the right time the ball was crossed and you were guaranteed to score a diving header or at least challenge the keeper.
I do remember one annoying feature which was that the human opposition could slide tackle the keeper which is great fun but newer games have no cut this out due to it being frustrating for players who wanted the game to flow without the need for fouling constantly.
~ Features ~
Difficulty levels: The game came with three difficulty levels and I personally found the hardest level quite difficult but great for testing how well you were at playing the beautiful game on the PC.
Tournaments: There were lots of tournament modes and my favourite was qualifying for the world cup, then going on to win the world cup which could take a while but would provide hours of fun. I did find the five-a-side exhibition match quite exciting, especially against your friends and could notch up quite a number of goals. Then you had the premier league of all major nations like Italy & England.
Number of players: You could play using the single player mode or the multiplayer mode. I preferred the single player mode as you could play in more tournaments and play against classic Brazil or even West Germany.
~ Game specifications ~
Windows requirements: 98, 2000, Me and XP
RAM: 256 MB (Megabytes)
Processor Speed: 500 MHz or faster
Peripherals: I would recommend you use a USB pad to play this game
~ My Opinion ~
I really enjoyed this game and had a copy for many years until newer football games were released. I thought that this was one of the best FIFA games to be released and afterwards I thought FIFA lost the way and led to Pro Evolution Soccer taking the lead in football simulation gaming. I loved the five a side matches and is hard to find any PC football game that gives me the same satisfaction in terms of variety and good value for money.
~ Conclusion ~
To sum this game up it is smooth, great fun and gives so much variety which keep you satisfied for months on end. Personally I would recommend any football fan to play the more recent football games on the new consoles as they make this FIFA game look archaic but if you love to take a trip down memory lane then this will not disappoint you.
~ Price ~
Around £10 (PC version)
ADDICTIVNESS RATING: 5/5