Conclusion: OK, EA: Enough is enough. The FIFA series is utter garbage and has been for at least the last five years. EA claims it made gameplay improvements to FIFA, but I think Jimmy Hoffa’s remains will be found before I locate more than one positive tweak on the field in this year’s edition. This is one poor-playing game if you want realistic soccer. What makes FIFA 2004 even worse is that EA promised significant gameplay improvements.
Conclusion: Gamers around the world will all have their different opinions about which soccer title rules the industry. Many fans believe it to be Konami which owns the genre; point in case, Xbox gamers will not have the opportunity, just yet at least, to try out their title. This puts FIFA 2004 up against titles like Sega Soccer Slam, and Ultimate Beach Soccer. Need I say that FIFA 2004 is without a doubt the best soccer title to grace the Xbox system?
Excerpt: Soccer, the game that is still considered a game for “wusses” by those who have never experienced it, is still home to the wealthiest team on the planet (Manchester United) and played in every single country in the world. The sport is getting unprecedented media coverage with Man U’s tour of America and the many games that can be seen on Fox Sports World.
Excerpt: In the world of football videogames there are two dominant species. EA Sports and Konami have been battling it out for supremacy for as long as I can remember. Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer games have taken the top spot in the last few years just as EA’s series met an all time low with 2002 FIFA World Cup . You could be laughed at openly if you mentioned that you had a slight inclination towards the lesser series. However, FIFA 2003 was different.
Conclusion: Lowdown Overall, a strong effort from an established name. A few major problems in the gameplay keep Fifa 2004 from being a truly great sporting title, but the bells and whistles of this game are not to be dismissed. Although there's no real competition for EA's Fifa in North America, this is still a must have for any soccer fan.
Conclusion: A very fluid game both graphically and in the gamplay area. Just lacking certain refinement for commentary and the menu system just doesn ‘t work very well. A big step has been taken but they need to have more courage and go that extra mile to truly win us over completely.
Conclusion: It's hard to say whether or not it's worth upgrading this year to Fifa 2004 and I had a hard time scoring it. It all depends on your tastes. Fifa soccer seems to be definitely moving away from the quick scoring, arcade style of gameplay that you may be familiar with. If you don't mind the game moving at a slower pace and presenting a much harder challenge then it's definitely worth picking up.
Pros: the new training modes are long overdue, career mode is something different, truly excellent player animations
Cons: some disappointing player graphics, the career mode isn't in depth enough, no Xbox Live support
Conclusion: En conclusion, on peut tout simplement dire qu’EA est en train de nous créer le jeu parfait, pendant que Konami fait le contraire avec PES 3. Oui je sais et pourtant, j’adorais PES avant d’avoir goûté à ce nouveau cru de FIFA. Imaginez un peu un jeu de foot avec toutes les équipes, toutes les divisions, toutes les compétitions et un gameplay excellent. Imaginez FIFA 2004.
Pros: La réalisation, L'ambiance, Le gameplay
Cons: Quelques saccades mais c'est tellement rare...
Summary: FIFA 2004 reste fidèle à la série, c'est-à-dire un jeu d’arcade pur jus de grande qualité, peut-être même plus que précédemment. Inutile donc de préciser que le fun est au rendez-vous, même si l’on pourra déplorer une trop grande superficialité du gameplay... Au moins, on ne pourra pas leur reprocher d’être consensuels. La question est donc posée : simu ou arcade ? A vous de choisir.