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      06.03.2014 20:35
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      Recommendable, me and my family played it together

      This spectacular game is in lots of platforms. It ranges from: Microsoft windows, Playstation, Gameboy Advance, GameCube, Playstation 2, Xbox, mobile. Notice it's not available on Playstation 3 as that was released 5 years or later. It was released early 2002 / 2003. It's interesting sports game ( football ), which features: a single-player mode, a multiplayer mode and online mode for some devices. Unlike the version before it, this version has a club championship mode. Features tv type broadcast which includes highlights at half-time and full time. The European game cover features: Ryan Giggs, Roberto Carlos and Edgar Davis. The diverse styles of music varies and captures concentration when playing the game. Most of the songs feature drums, by the time it has been played for a few days, the songs are catchy enough to stay in your head, resulting in you and your friends singing random outbursts. Although at the time of release, the graphics seemed plausible, the game no longer has best graphics but they are satisfactory. The images graphics don't seem to have much colour also. I don't experience glitches playing this game but due to the framing, sometimes actions seem to lag. The way the camera zooms is legitimate. There is a new feature which is EA's freestyle control which was well anticipated. The classical controls are easy to use even though the players don't always move exactly how you want them to. The gameplay is awesome and the fun and competition you will experience in multiplayer mode is seriously promising. Single-player is also good but I personally prefer multiplayer instead of vursing a computer. Multiplayer mode is way more engaging, interactive and exciting. The best arguable is online mode which is a new experience for some people. A good game, overall rate is 6.5 out of 10.

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        12.01.2004 02:18
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        This is a game to be proud of. Its superb gaphics and its unique gameplay makes it one of the best football games around. People ask me why arent all football games like this and i answer well we are lucky to have such a game as fifa 2003. There are basically no problems with this game. Th graphics are brilliant and you will be addicted to it and then you will be winning the premiership or the champions league you can choose which ever one you want.

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          09.01.2004 03:32
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          Fifa 2003 is a game of pure distincion. Its high quality graphics makes it stand out in the crowd of over football games such as pro evalution soccer. Its gameplay is not as good as its graphics sadly because it is pretty hard to get a shot on target. Most football fans would be very pleased with this game because all the players look like the actual players in the real world. The commantating is good and the wide range of stadiums to choose from is considerably good. Im not saying this is a bad game but there might be better games coming out with better gameplay and an alround better quality game for the football fans of today.

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            24.10.2003 05:51
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            Fifa 2004 is probably out by the time you read this, so I guess this is a just a relieved little send off for me, and a note for those who were thinking of getting it when it goes on sale. Well, if you were going to buy it, DONT. If you dont mind seeing older squads, try finding a copy of 2002, or even 2001. There is one vey important reason for this. In the previous incarnations, they player you were controlling was highlited by a circle around his feet. An arrow would then point in the direction he would pass to if you pressed the pass button at that point. If it was green, it would be a good pass, yellow meant maybe, and red meant it would be intercepted. Not this time. Its replaces by a triangular arrow pointing to the players head, with no pass indicator. You may think that I just want it easy, but this is extremely important if you want to play with the camera angle close up - that is to regognise the players faces and numbers. Otherwise you have to play with the 'broadcast' angle, in order to see where you are passing to, and therefore get put further away from the action. It would be advisable to check to see if this feature has been reinstated for the next incarnation. Also - the freestyle control. Nothing to jump up and down about. It doesn't enhance my gameplay sufficiently, but I will take note that this is the first time it is introdued, so I guess they should have a bit more time perfcting (thats too nice a word) it. And in efforts to make it more realistic, there more of a delay between hitting the pass button and actually making the pass. Realistic, yes, but useful, no way. How do you know where the other players are going to be after that oh so imprtant second or two? Well you dont, really. And the loading time - how long does it take? With a game like Ace Combat 04, it takes about 5 seconds to load a whole detailed 3D environmet, and that game was one of the first released fo
            r the PS2. Why should it take so long even to go through the menues of FIFA. Is EA Sports making fun of us? Let's hope that EA will actually try to make a good game rather than just rely on its popularity and liscence to make sales. Speaking of which, if you just want a really good cootball game, try Winning Eleven Six, there is no liscense, so no real team or player names, just great football, with a lot (and I mean a lot) of customisable features. You can even create your team, down to the logo. I guess to conclude, I'd say that EA scored an own goal with this one. Lets hope they can bring it back for '04.

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              26.08.2003 17:07
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              When FIFA 2003 came out on ps2 i was suprised at how good the graphics and the gameplay were. i could not believe how much FIFA had change. You could play it forever and still never get bored you can do up to 8 players on 1 season full with champions league. There is one way fifa 2004 could be better they could include the nationwide division teams. Still the best FIFA game yet i don't think anyone can wait to see what EAsports come up with FIFA 2004. Overall out of 10: gameplay:10 Speed:10 graphics:10

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                24.08.2003 22:32
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                After the diabolical 2002 Fifa World Cup, with its Day-Glo pitches and stuttering player animations, you might have felt the days were numbered for EA's popular football game. But instead of churning out another update, the Day-Glo pitches have been ripped up and the games been hacked, slashed, prodded and reworked in EA labs to produce a serious contender to ISS2! Stuttering its bravdo by kicking off with Gigsy and Davids showing off their skills, the game then enters a wealth of menus. Here you can choose everything from stadium complete wiith recorded charts like "you'll never walk alone", intenational and club sides, and usual gubbins like the weather and the length of each half. The fun doesn't stop there either because you can opt for the friendly mode or the season tournament and even the new club championship where you can try EA's taste in the European league. If that isn't enough to impress you then the gameplay will! Theres no juddery animation and the ball doesn't stay glued to your boots, so you can run all the way up the pitch and score again and again and again! Motty and Andy Gray provide commentary and action will even pause for you to raise the difficulty if you are routling the oppisition. The new FIFA requires alot more build up play and because the keeper and the defender AI is better you'll need to use clever moves to get round the back. Balls can be played down the line, complete with "line it" shouts from the bench! and should you whip in a cross, you can rifle the ball home with a first time shot. But Fifa is never without its probelms. You have to learn to shoot the ball in your players stride making it difficult to score at times and the fames broadcast camera makes it hard to see where the ball is. Stupid probelms like the ref holding up invisible cards have also crept through and the saves take up LOADS of memory blocks. Bett
                er than Virtua Striker 3 and on a par with ISS2, Fifa 2003 is a great package that footy fans would be advised to buy. There are probelms, but you'll soon forget that Fifa World Cup ever happened.

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                  24.08.2003 20:06
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                  Fifa 2003 rocks,its graphics are out of this world and the game play is very good.Graphics:you can see there name and number on there back as clear as ever,I recommend this to enyone how is a football fan and Fifa 2004 when it comes out,I dont no how the graphics can get better. you can make your dream team and much much much more!! Its worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!! The players faces are so detailed you would almost thnk they were real. This game is highly recommendable, it is the best football game ever.

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                    08.07.2003 23:19
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                    I have always liked the Fifa series and stayed true to it, resisting titles such as Pro Evolution Soccer and This Is Football. When I first played this game, I was amazed at how graphically enhanced it was. At the most I expected this game to be just another revamp of the previous title, Fifa 2002. While most things are principly the same, a number oif things have also changed. One of the more noticeable changes is the way in which a player shoots towards goal. Instead of now just holding down the button to get maximum power, shots must now be carefully weighted and directed towards goal with regards to the angle and distance if the player is to avoid the ball blazing over the bar or wide. Passing also requires similar care and attention, with the most effective method of passing being diagonally first time. The usual tournaments are included in this edition of Fifa, with the various leagues and seasons playable from a wide range of different countries and continenets. International tournaments also exist. However, one thing that deeply frustrates me is the lack of a multiplayer tournament option. The maximum amount of teams that can be humanly controlled in any tournament is two, meaning that when my mates and I want to hold our own tournaments between ourselves, its a pen and paper job involving many calculations rather than a simple job of picking teams and letting the AI do the rest. This is something I would very much like to see in further football game releases. This is a very good football simulation that I very much enjoy playing. The players faces and actions are now modelled to be more realistic than ever before (although some of the skin colours of players are a bit inaccurate) making for a very enjoyable gaming experience.

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                    28.05.2003 03:26
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                    Erm not quite there yet, but instead for the meantime we have FIFA 2003. Fifa has always been a triumph of style over substance - you'd get the ability to play as 6 billion different teams, all with the authentic kits and player names, but the gameplay was just holding the sprint button and occasionally shooting. Just when you thought EA might be going in the right direction with last year's Fifa 2002 with a completely new engine, Konami released the fabulous Pro Evolution Soccer which blew it out of the water. They've carried on striding forward, and this latest offering is even better than before...but is it better than the rest? The answer is, predictably..."it depends". Where in earlier years you could have beaten Brazil 8-0 as Wales with Mark Pembridge scoring a hat-trick of forty-yard thrillers, now the goalkeepers actually have AI rather than a counter that randomly decides whether the shot will be saved or not. The control system is also a lot more natural, reminding you of ISS with the layout and lightning quick on-screen reactions. Instead of running past all the other team's players and scoring straight away, you find yourself building moves up from the back which, while not as outrageous or dazzling, definitely gives you more satisfaction when you do hit the back of the net. Again, every international and club side from Arsenal and Argentina to Zagreb and Zambia are there for you to pick, each with a few stats (like defence and skill) and nice touches (such as the sponsors on the shirts) and ready to play in leagues and/or tournaments, be it Serie A, the Champion's League or the World Cup. It?s impressive how many teams, players and stats are actually crammed into this game. You can take part in leagues, tournaments and friendlies as well as train your team and even create you own tournament. Multiplayer is also extremely fun with the option to play 2 on 2, 4 on computer or 3 on 1! The gra
                    phics have always been top-notch, and as this is the XBOX it's all the more sharp and crisp. Ryan Giggs looks like Ryan Giggs, and I'm sure if I knew who the hell Babangida was I'd be able to confirm his likeness in the game is spot on, too. The stadiums heave with screaming fans, huge banners and massive floodlights. If you have no clue as to who the hell each player is and what is the best team is, there is no disadvantage for you as all teams have bars showing their overall skills as well as stats for each player showing speed, skill and other things like that. But that?s not to say that footy fans are going to be disappointed. Players look and play like their counterparts. All will be familiar and all will become very competitive in the multiplayer when you have a Chelsea fan against a Liverpool fan for example. Although graphics are great and players look so realistic it?s scary, shirts do look dodgy and players move a little awkwardly. Crowd and pitch looks great too. The music contained is basic pop while commentary is non stop and impressive although not as amazing as American sports sims. Although the commentary do have the most adorable of exchanges between John Motson and Alan Hansen but grate after a while...still, it's a pretty good attempt. Lastly two other disadvantages are the extreme difficulty of set pieces and the lack of an online capability but this will surely be included in the sequel known as FIFA 2004 coming out in November 2003. Admittedly it isn't as big or clever as PS2. Your team mates aren't quite as clever as you'd like, and the AI can be more than erratic at times. Although it still can't match Konami's excellence, it can stand proud. With all the options and licenses, this is definitely a game worthy of your £40 and after the first try with FIFA 2002, EA have nailed it. Who knows, maybe next year they'll regain the crown of soccer simulation with even more im
                    provements? Overall FIFA 2003 is the best football game on the XBOX and should be bought if you?re a football or sports lover as you will not be disappointed.

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                      25.03.2003 06:33
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                      Having played and owned every Fifa game from Fifa 95, for various different consoles it was inevitable that I would be picking up the new game. Throughout the years there have been plenty of Fifa games and many of them good games, but over the last few years it seems as if the standard has fallen as EA sports have tried the game play. However I am pleased to say that the standard of this year?s game is much higher. GRAPHICS ======= The graphics on Fifa 2003 are excellent; there are over 20 superb real stadiums in the game, I don?t think there has ever been this many in a Fifa game before but you get a much more realistic experience when playing in these stadiums as each one if modelled to look like the real thing. The stadiums in the game are from the 18 teams that have been chosen from around Europe to be in the new club championship competition that EA sports have created, as well as hidden stadiums that need unlocked and regular ones that are made up. Another example of the great graphics in this game lie with the players, the faces are accurately modelled and many of the top players look like their real life counterparts. On the front of the Fifa box are Roberto Carlos, Edgar Davids and Ryan Giggs, these are the 3 players chosen to promote the game and these 3 in particular look fantastic on the game, as well as David Beckham whose hair is like it was at the world cup in Korea and Japan. SOUND ===== As usual on any Fifa game the commentary is a real plus and on this one is no exception, commentary is provide by John Motson and Ally McCoist. The commentary runs very smoothly throughout the game, however one thing that really annoys me sometimes is when I am playing in a cup competition, lying 2nd in the table with 1 game left and needing to win to get on equal points with the leader and go through with a better goal difference. The thing is when you play that game and score a goal and take the lead you are told that it does
                      n?t matter, as you can?t go through anyway, although quite clearly you can and end up doing so. The thing is though you are not told just once it?s usually every time you score in that game, very frustrating. Apart from that the commentary seems to be very solid, although I would love to see commentary that is fast flowing, and continuous nearly all the time like in EA sports NHL 2003. The music to this game in my opinion is top draw and spot on; there are some great tracks from Idlewild, Avril Lavigne, D.O.G and many others. This of course you need in any sports game when you are going through the menus, as it makes the game more enjoyable. The final aspect of the sound is the crowd chants these in my opinion have been into the game beautifully. Most of the chants are the real ones from the teams in the club championship. Some notable ones are Liverpool?s ?You?ll never walk alone? and the chant of ?United United? from Manchester United. There are also chants put in there for every team to use such as ?you?re not singing anymore? and a few others. GAME PLAY ======= This is what EA sports have been concentrating on improving for this years game and I must say it has actually been vastly improved from previous years. Some of the main features of the game play that have been improved is the shooting system and also the dribbling system. When shooting in this game you are presented with a power up which increases the longer you hold down the button. It starts off green and then changes to red at the end of the bar, if the button is released in the green then the ball has more chance on going on target and if held down towards the end of the green you can shoot higher. This new system allows for more chance of scoring spectacular goals from 30-40 yards out and is much easier to use, although my shots always seem to go over the bar by a few miles. In past Fifa games you have been able to basically just run down the pitch with the ball do a few tricks tha
                      t are very rarely ever done in an actual football match and score. However in this game you cant do that as the way the player dribble with the ball has changed. The faster a player runs with the ball the less control of the ball he has and the more likely he is to be tackled by a defender, which always seems to happen to me. A feature EA sports has put into this game is the new EA freestyle button, which is the right analogue stick. This allows the player to knock the ball forward past a defender and get past the defender and also produce special moves such as a 360 turn or a feint. The top players in this game such as Zidane, Davids etc have the ability to pull of these moves far easier than the not so good players in the game which is another example of how EA sports has incorporated realism into this game. One feature that this game offer that needs to be mentioned here is the way the players celebrate after they have scored a goal. As usual it?s the top players that this affects, they actually do their trade mark celebrations for example Raul of Real Madrid kisses his ring after he scores a goal just like in real life, this once again adds to the realism of the game. Another superb feature that I have to mention is the option at the start of a match to select what kit your team wears and what kit the other team wears. For most premiership side the 3rd team strips have been included. Southampton for example as well as the red and white home strip and the white away strip you can also choose from the yellow strip. This is a great new feature as you can always play in the strip you like best and gives you so much more freedom to do what you want in the game. A major improvement that was made in this game over the Fifa 2002 version is the free kick system; in Fifa 2002 this tormented me, as I just couldn?t score a goal because of the dismal shooting system. However when I got this game I was very pleased to use the new free kick system,
                      when you receive a free kick a ball appears on the screen with a small circle in it and a shooting bar around the outside. To create curl on the ball you have to move the circle to the appropriate section of the ball, to shoot though and score needs good timing. On the shooting bar there is a small green line not very wide that you have to try and get he marker to land in as its moving, successfully doing this allows the opportunity for the shot to be on target. DIFFICULTY ======== Many people criticise the Fifa series saying that they are to easy and you can master it in a day, of course these people exaggerate just a bit. I was pleased this year though to the introduction of the semi-pro skill level, this is added to the 3 other levels of Amateur, Professional and World Class. It seems to me that Fifa has got harder this time around, and that it is difficult to completely master like the previous games. Although that could be down to me being not very good at it, I do like to think of myself as a Fifa master (really I?m useless) and I do play on world class (still lost to Ipswich!!). I think in terms of difficulty the game does have a longer life span than before, as this year you have 1 extra difficulty to master and not only this you have to start on amateur and work your way up even if you really are one of the better players on this game. SECRETS ====== Not often do Fifa game have very many unlockable features but some have been included in this years game. In total there are 3 hidden stadiums (better not say what they are) and also 1 unlockable tournament. The stadiums are well worth unlocking, as they really are great to play matches in. I still do not think Fifa offers enough hidden features that you have to unlock, if there were more stadiums or other options or something that you could unlock the replay value of the game would really increase. TOURNAMENTS ========== Several new tournaments have been inclu
                      ded in Fifa 2003, most notably the addition of a club championship tournament. The club championship is a league where 18 of the best teams in Europe (chosen by EA sports, where is Southampton??), about 3 from each major country i.e. England, Spain, Italy etc, you compete to try and win the championship. All of the teams in the club championship have their own stadiums in the game and specific crowd chants just for them. Other Tournaments that have been included are the usual UEFA cup and Champions League, but there is also now a World Tour. The world tour is where you travel around the 16 different leagues (supposedly) playing the best 5 teams in each of the leagues. Once you have finished top of every group you will then go into the knockout stages before finally getting to the final. The amount of games played in this tournament is huge and to be honest it was very boring and repetitive, but has to be done if you want to unlock all the stadiums. Season mode has been extended this year with 5 seasons now available to play one after the other. It is much the same though with promoted teams coming up replacing the relegated teams. I did notice that one of the promoted teams into the English league was called London, and after a bit of looking around I did find that they were in fact Millwall, strange people at EA sports decided to rename though. For me season is the most enjoyable aspect of the Fifa series, as you can work your way through each season with your team trying to claim European spots, win cups, and maybe (depending on how bad you are) even try to avoid relegation, and of course spend money and try to build a great team. OVERALL ====== I must say that I really do enjoy playing this game, and usually just talking about it on the internet or with other people makes me want to pick it up and play it again (which happened far too many times when writing this). This game is an improvement on some of the previous versions and with any
                      luck it will continue to get better and better. There are a few things not in this game that I would have loved to seen in, like the reappearance of the training, a feature that worked really well in other Fifa games but seems to have been missing from the recent ones. Also the create team/player mode which everyone loves, it allows the game to stay up to date as you can just edit the appearance of a player and create any new signings that are not already on the game (like I could have done with Prutton and Higginbotham of Southampton!!). Apart from those things this game is a very solid game and a good effort by the team at EA sports, I would recommend this game to any football fan like myself. Although there are other football games available like This is football and Pro Evolution 2, but to me Fifa is the best, especially as it has the official licence so it can have all real team names and players. Having played them all I found Fifa gave me the most enjoyment and fun to play. I would recommend trying out all of the 3 main football games to see which one you like the best before buying Fifa, that way you can be sure you get the best (that means this one). Thanks for reading :O)

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                        I don't believe in a perfect game but FIFA 2003 certainly comes close. When playing the game for the first time I noticed that the reaction of the controls is the best it has ever been. My players were actually turning when I told then to. The atmosphere for all games is fantastic. Never before was I taken aback by the reaction of scoring a last minute winner at my home ground. The songs they sing during the game are also very clear and specific to the home team. The FIFA series is famous for its superb graphics and this year is no exception. I could easily recognise the high profile players from their distinct appearance which has been replicated in the game. The amount of competitions to attempt is also more in depth than ever. The club champioship despite being the most high profile competition does not dominate the game as other competitions are also well done in that they all offer a different challenge. The world tour was a personal favourite as it gave the chance to play the best teams in each country. The leagues are the same as last year but finally the amount of seasons has been extended to five seasons, so people who want to be in for a long haul will enjoy this part. An introduction of a new playing level - semi-pro is definately a nice addition as it is better preperation for the very difficult levels ahead. As I said though, there is no perfect game. I was extremely disappointed by the non appearance of the Dutch national team and the practice mode. Another disappointment was that there was no create a player mode and no chance to edit the default players. So there is no choice but to have Pascal Cygan as one of the best defenders on the game when he's no where near as good as that. Overall though if you're a football fan you can't do without picking up FIFA 2003.

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                          09.03.2003 18:45
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                          Living with three brother, as I do, means that often we share things. Christmas '02 was no exception. Now that we are all quite grown up (18, 16, 15, 9) the need for small toys and the like has diminished. Now we had bigger fish to fry. Although we had a computer, a games console was the next step. It was thus that we bought a Nintendo Gamecube, and with it, Fifa 2003. It came with high expectations, having seen Giggsy, Carlos and Davids strutting their stuff on the adverts. There are various aspects of the game that I will analyse: 1) Graphics. These are fantastic. Having not played on a 'Cube before, I was very impressed, and the intro video and general look are great. 2) Speed. There are points, such as loading a game or a file, where it is simply necessary to stop and wait for a few seconds. However, the game can be played on a choice of speeds, ranging from slow (amateur) to very fast, which looks very slick. 3) Difficulty. This is where the game loses a star. There are four levels on which to play, and it is hardly necessary to start on the easiest (you just run through people). I tseems that, as the game gets harder only the defence of the opposition gets stronger, as I frequently draw 0-0. 4) Other features. There are things like vibrate on slide tackles, a transfer market (I have made a dream team with Real Madrid) and all the normal camera angles, formations and things to play around with. Replays cannot be saved, but a fantastic feature is that one button, when held down, forces your 'keeper to charge down the pitch, rarely tackling cleanly but always getting there, before releasing and watching him charge back to goal. Hours of fun! So, is the game worth buying. My answer is a resounding Yes, as it is without doubt my favourite game, and is easily accessible for any type of person, whether they like football or not. There is a comprhensive manual, so it is easy to work out what's what. Over
                          all, I would strongly recommend this to any type of person, as it is fantastic fun.

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                            Sound - Aswell as providing fantastic graphics FIFA has always excelled in the sound department too. The latest commentry team sees John Motson sat beside the one and only Ally McOist to bring you some fantsatic TV style commentry. Ok, i admit it, the commentry isnt perfect and as always there are some very annoying phrases but compare it to the commentry in pro evo. Compared to the pro evo team, Motson and McOist cook up some poetic words of wisdom between them. The decent commentry is backed up by possibly the most realistic stadium affects ever heard in a video game. Aswell as the standard chants and drum chorus's FIFA have taken the trouble of giving some clubs there own chants. For example, if you play at home as Liverpool, youll here the Kop in full voice singing "youll never walk alone", while "Glory Glory Man United" will ring out across Old Traford. Aswell as these special chants the fans will chant in accordance to the team performance. i.e. the chant "You only sing when your winning" can be heard if you over comeback from say 1-0 down to win 2-1. Aswell as all these chants and more, some stadiums even have there own atmosphere. For example, now you can experience playing away at galastasarys famous stadium known as "hell". On top of all this, you can even hear the tannoy announcing attendances, goalscorers and substitutions. The sound is truly terrific. Gameplay - Now to really test FIFA. How have EA responded to the critisiscm of its gameplay? The answer is quite well. For the past 3 years or so ive been completely on the side of Pro Evo because it has offered far superior gameplay. However this year EA have closed the gap distance considerably. This year FIFA is actually quite enjoyable to play. You can build up some fantastic play and this time not every shot actually goes in unlike previous years. the game feels alot more realistic and players have more control over there team than ever before. Howe
                            ver the gameplay is still not faultless. The passing system is still not upto Pro Evo standards and the game dosnt always move as fluadly as it should. The tackling system is also a bit hit and miss and takes quite alot of time to get used to. Despite the flaws though FIFA 2003 still offers some great gameplay and is much improved on previous versions. The game also boats a fantastic set peice system, allowing you to place the ball accuratly where you want it to go. On free kicks there is a target which can be moved around the net to acuratly pick your spot and you can even control the amount of spin you put on the ball. Howeever its not wuite as easy as just picking your spot. There is a power bar in which you must stop the cursor when it reaches a certain point. If youve picked a good spot, put appropraite spin on the ball and put sufficient power behind it, you will be treated to some fantastic freekicks from Beckham and the like. Theres NOTHING better than putting a good old, well placed free kick past your mates. Of course if you dont fancy yourself as the next Beckham or Roberto Carlos, you can still just pass the ball to one of your team mates...but that kinda takes the fun out of the system . Lastability - There are plenty of competitions to keep you going and there are loads of teams. Unfortunatly the editor has been removed. For me this is a very strange move and i cant see why EA removed it. The game is quite addictive and actually throws up a challenge this time...u unlike previous games. Overall - Overall FIFA 2003 is a very decent game and deffinently worth the cash. Its still not quite Pro Evo in gameplay terms, but the graphics and sound quality are pretty much unbeatable. If your looking for a highly realistic footie simulation that actually plays good aswell, then you can do much worse than FIFA 2003. Graphics - 10 Sound - 10 Gameplay - 8 Controls - 7 Lastability - 8 Overall - 86% Review

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                            I wouldn't say so... Fifa 2003 came to us with a bit of a bang, there were a lot of people dying to get their hands on a copy of this, and I was lucky enough to be bought a copy by my girlfriend this Christmas, along with the Playstation 2 she bought me. I have been playing Fifa 2001 on the Playstation 1 for a while now. Boring our girlfriends to death me and my mate would by riveted in competition against one another playing with the teams that we liked and had got used too. Each team was unique, each team could do different things, one team would nearly always score on a nice little corner kick while the other wouldn’t have a hope in chance, but would be excellent at doing a through run and slamming it past the goalkeeper into the back of the net. Oh the joys of playing this game, hours were spent head to head, while both of us would be at the same skill level, one of us winning loads of games one day, then losing loads of game the next! Move over Fifa 2001, it’s time for the new Fifa 2003, and argh, I can’t play it. Fifa 2003 has changed completely to what I’m used to. The same idea is still there, Electronic Arts have just made it completely different to play with their snazzy camera angles and unique controls. It states on the back of the box ‘Brand new dribbling, shooting, crossing and passing models’. Indeed, I’m damn sure these are there as I can’t get used to any of them. It used to be that when you passed, it would pass to another one of your players. When you pass now, half the time you will pass to no one, though normally, it’s the other team! Total Dead Ball Control is another one of the features that Fifa 2003 has, but lacked in Fifa 2001. This is good, but on the other hand, can be a complete nightmare. What this generally means is that where you aim, the ball will go, unlike the older games where the ball had set patterns as to where it can go.
                            Sure, this sounds like a damn good feature, but you just try playing with this. When you have camera angles moving in every single direction and your running down the field, ball in front of you, you see a side / slightly overhead view of your player, line him and up you shoot! It goes way off target thanks to the camera view putting you off and making you think you can get something. The same happens when an opponent gets the ball, you find yourself running around in circles before you realise where you are. The same goes for passing, how the hell are you supposed to pass to someone when you can’t actually see them. Theres on camera angle that’s good in this game, and I can play with, and that’s the one that’s closest to overhead (can’t remember the name of it), it’s the one that closest resembles the Fifa 2001 setup. With this camera angle you can actually see more of the players, but with the detail of the players being so intense and the detail of the stadium being so intense, once you can see half the pitch, more players and more of the crowd in the stadium, things start to slow up and you find the game jumping and skipping frames as it refreshes itself, trying to keep up with the demands of the graphics. Graphics is something that this game has. You can actually tell who the players are if you know what they look like (me, I wouldn’t have a clue, apart from David Beckham!). The cut scenes are really good, with every player having his unique features, from his hair, to an ear ring, it ill all be there, right in front of you. The game itself is set up a bit like a TV showing of football, with the screens moving into one another. Sound is excellent too, with the crowd shouting out the scores, the unique chants and much more, ooo’s and ahhh’s as you go for goal and miss. The referee makes a few appearances too, showing his red or yellow cards, you should see some of the faces of th
                            e players when they get sent off! You can play a variety of different games, from championship, friendly’s, arcade and simulation modes. You can select your arena, your opponents, your shirt colours, set your people up however you wan, view statistic, all while getting commentary, which is much improved over fifa 2001 along the way. The game is a damn good one in terms or realism and is probably the closest to real football game out there on the market at the moment. It’s just a shame they have made it so damn hard to play and get used to the controls. For now, me and my mate will be playing against each other on Fifa 2001! For this reason, it gets 4 out of 5 from me. For more information: www.fifafootball2003.ea.com Priced around £39.99 at most high street stores at time of writing.

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                              Well EA Sports have done it again they have brought out a top notch game that every cam enjoy. Although this is only another yearly update I personally believe it is a lt is a lot better than it predecessor Fifa 2002. EA sports you can tell have put a lot of effort into this. The pitches are as green as they can get, the floodlights beam down onto the pitches as you play and you can hear the crowd chanting unique chants like ,"3-0, 3-0," witch makes the game feel extra special. As for the gameplay its excellent and it has that added feel of you controlling the team to lead them to victory, witch is very enticing. The players actually move like their actually in front of you, they chest down the ball and do kick ups- can you ask for any more. For sound you hear the players yelling, the crowd cheering, and oh yeas the refs annoying whistle,and You hear the ball thud. The commentators are John Motson and Ally McCoist I give credit to them the commentary does sound good and unique for example, "I think what I said must have gone to his head". When in previous versions of this game the commentators were a little out of time with the action there not on this one. The background music I didn't really like that much, for example they have Avril Lavigne-let go remix, and I thought the remix I thought was dreadful. Theres various modes to play in, friendly, Club Championships , seasons, and plenty of tournaments to keap you occupied. As for the controls there easy and the usual so if you have had previous Fifa games you already know the controls, but if you haven't it's easy to pick up. So I believe that EA sports have really out done themselves this time with producing Fifa 2003, as it looks and feels like a dream to play. I would defiantly recommend buying it even if you already own the past Fifa games. I personally have every Fifa game and I still haven't got bor
                              ed of it yet. In shops it costs around £35 but I bought mine for £40 when it was new

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