Summary: As per many other reviews, I cannot see how people can throw around five stars on this. While graphically it is superior to 2003, the game play barely comes close to International Soccer on the C64! It is slow, wooden and the passing makes the same dull thud and at the same speed. The "off the ball" facility is utterly pointless, as if you are playing against someone with good skill, they will have the ball off you before you have decided which player to use, where to...
A step in the right direction, but still way off the pace
Mr. J. R. Davies "fullcollapse101", amazon.co.uk
10 June 2004
Summary: The Fifa series has enormous pedigree. It is, without fail, the best selling football title each year and one of the biggest selling titles overall. However, almost every year since 1995 - the fifa series first appeared in 1993/4 - Konami has released some incarnation of its Superstar Soccer series, the games that is now known as Pro Evolution Soccer 3. As such, the console football war is fought between these two heavyweights each year.
Summary: I am afraid I have to agree with the other guy who gave this game 2 stars. I was really dissappointed in EA Sports when I finally bought the game which I had been looking forward to for months. I was not looking for a Football manager, I just wanted to have as much fun as I did with Fifa 2003. The new 'off the ball' idea is only a good one when you read it on the back of the box, but in the actual game it's pretty useless.
Summary: I have to admit to being a huge fan of the EA FIFA series and have been since FIFA '99. Unlike ISS Pro, EA realised that people buy footie games for fun. Forget having to memorise 50 different button combinations to nutmeg a defender and possibly net one past the keeper - people just want instant access and a game you can have a blast on with your mates. And, up to now, EA have always delivered.
Summary: As a huge fan of the ISS series I have never been particularly happy with FIFA games until FIFA 2003. I was, therefore, really looking forward to 2004 - I am very disappointed. FIFA 2003 was played at an electric pace while maintaining great game play particularly in the unpredicatable multiplayer games. I bought 2004 because it sounded as though it was bringing in extra elements that would make it as flexible as ISS.
Think Argentina v England 1998 - thats how disappointing!
I. K. Kingdom "jkingdom3", amazon.co.uk
1 November 2003
Summary: Yes, this game has fantastic graphics, tv style presentation and enough official licensing to scare even the most accomplished football anoraks but there is no escaping the fact that the gameplay is absolutely dire. The football just doesn't flow like it should - sure the off the ball feature is a great idea but poorly excecuted in my opinion. You will find yourself becomming more and more frustrated with every aspect of this sluggish, unrealistic offering.
Summary: Yet another sequel in the long long line of EA football games. If they put there huge wallets into developing new and exciting games rather than dredging up yet another sequel, then it would surely please more people. I believe there isn't a single person in the world who would be suprised by this game, at the end of the day it's the same as the last Fifa game with tweaked graphics and gameplay (Which was said about Fifa 2003, Fifa 2002, Fifa 2001 etc...etc...