“ Manufacturer: Sony / Genre: Sports „
One of my favourite football games, I much prefer this game to the more popular ones like FIFA and Pro Evoulation Soccer as the game play is a lot better and a lot easier to control the players.
The graphics are not as good as some of it rivals, it might not suit the hardcore football gamers but for the average gamer it is probably the best as the controls are a lot easier and the gameplay is much more fun and improvement on previous games and the shooting system has been seriously improved.
There is plenty of leagues (over 20), teams (over 800) and players (over 17000) to choose from so plenty of variety to choose from. You can buy and sell players as well to create your own dream team.
You can play agaist either computer or up to 7 other players in a league so you can compete agaist your friends.
To write this review I did have to cast my mind back a couple of years to the days before the football games market was not totally dominated by the annual release of the Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA games and catually there was a pretty good "third way" (to borrow an American political term) option.
TIF 2004 was a lot of fun to play and had some really neat features on it. You could argue that it possesses one function which makes it the most realistic of football games on the market ever given the state of the beautiful game these days. That is the ability to make your player dive in the attempt to win a penalty or free kick so they must be the only game maker that saw the arrival of Drogba before e was even very well known outside of France.
As football games go the players looked like their characters which is not always the case in these games and all the top international and domestic stars can be found on the game. You certainly got a lot of teams for your money with leagues all across the world with the otion to play internationals, domestic competitions and the number of players available is quite staggering. You can even play as a school team if that floats your boat. Most of the names of the players are similar enough to keep the anorak player happy however you can edit a players name if you want and this can be worth doing if you are selecting your own team and plan to play with it a lot.
The game play on this game is pretty good and quite realistic given that it is now a couple of years old. I do find that the ball does not stick to the players quite as much as in other games however both the tackle and shoot options are realistic and pretty easy to get the hang of.
One nice feature is that the players do not always react the same in different situations, there is a little bit of umpredictability about it, you might find yourself winning a number of tackles and think you have it cracked when for some reason a 70/30 in your favour will see you lose the ball. The only thing I did not like about this game is the commentary which is a bit repetitive a faut found in a few other sports games I can think of.
In summary this is a game that is well worth checking out even if it is starting to look a bit dated, I certainl enjoyed dusting it off before writing this review.