Summary: I have loooonged for a decent soccer game on ANY platform. While in Japan, I had the chance to play Winning Eleven 6, and I thought I had found the motherload... until FIFA 2004. Before playing it, I had read several bad reviews, so right off the bat I went in with a low expectation. You have so much more control over who you can pass to. The Off The Ball control, though a little complicated, is a true asset.
Summary: In short, if this game had come out last year, and FIFA 2003 had come out this year, it would have seemed the more logical progression. FIFA 2004 is a clunkier, slower, more disorganized, less sharp game than 2003. Career mode is awful (they need to get some Madden Franchise developers involved), which was really the only reason i bought this instead of sticking with 2003. The gameplay has significantly worsened for some reason: it is IMPOSSSIBLE to score.
Summary: After the progress of 2003, this is a big letdown. Let me count the ways: 1. Career mode, which I find a waste of time anyway, is the only way you can play a league. 2. The game speed is far too slow. 3. Scoring goals is far too difficult (for both human and CPU) because the game leans WAY too much towards defending. For example, it's impossible to make a simple pass without it being deflected, and once that happens the attack is basically over.
Summary: I received this game as a gift, so I cannot comment on the price value. However, I can give my opinion on some of the aspects of this game. First I went to select my favorite team in the world. Yet they were not there. They left out HOLLAND. How is that possible? When I played FIFA 2002 on my PC, at least they had Holland as a team if not having any of the actual players. It's ludicrous that they would leave one of the most fascinating teams in the world out.
Summary: If i were one of the programmers for this game, i would be embarrassed. EA ought to feel that way for putting out a game that is still in development. There are numerous programming deficiencies. - in career mode, player ratings can change from screen to screen - in career mode, you can't save the game at the end of a season until after you've gone through the preseason training and acquisitions - It is practically impossible to sell players in career mode; if you can...
Summary: The following reasons make FIFA Soccer 2004 a piece of crap: 1. No button configuration available. You can't configure your keyboard or gamepad to have a set of buttons that suit your preference, so you have to adjust to its default configuration. Note: button configuration is available with FIFA Soccer 2003, so it's a regression. 2. Poor control.
Summary: I must say, FIFA 2004 is THE most disappointing game of the FIFA series I've played thus far. Granted, the graphics and gameplay have seen great improvement, but what I cannot comprehend is why FIFA 2004 appears to be going back in time. I mean, FIFA 2003 had a "create a team" option which is ominously missing in this "new and improved" game. Further, THERE ARE NO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION.
Summary: Hi guys! I just got FIFA 2004 yesterday. I played about 10 hours running, until I felt I was exhausted! :) Just before that I played FIFA 2003, borrowed from a friend of mine. You know guys, it's like SKY and EARTH - such a big difference! I can't say that I have already found all the pros and cons, but I found this game as a huge step UP! The graphics are just outstanding! Lots of opportunities to score and scored goals look stunning!
Summary: Okay first of all I have no idea why everybody thinks this game is so bad.True, it has some flaws , but games are meant to be enjoyed over not stressed over. The graphics are mind blowing and the sound is good as well.Pro Evolution Soccer 3 is a huge rival os fifa but this time fifa has done everything to be better and has succeded.In fifa there is excellent replay value but in pro evo they show a replay for every single shot.The players really look alike to tv.The modes...
Summary: This is a great football game in every way possible. It out does all the other Fifa's put together. First Graphics are excellent superb lighting super realistic facial ngarphics kits and stadiums are authentic. Two ameplay much more realistic and energetic no more half way line goals like Fifa 2002 and no more magical bicycle kicks the game bring you down to earth after being an immortal.