Conclusion: UEFA Euro 2004 is a fairly decent soccer game but will only appeal to those who have heard of UEFA before the game. Fanatical soccer fans who really missed the European tourney mode in FIFA 2004 may want to pick this game up. The soft-core soccer fans may be better off picking up FIFA 2004 used since all of the same teams are represented and the powerhouse South American teams are also included.
Excerpt: Here’s a quick history lesson. The Union des Associations Européennes de Football (UEFA) was founded in June of 1954, in Basle, Switzerland, to be the governing body devoted exclusively to European football. What does that mean? Well, I guess it means European people really, really like soccer. Ugh…I mean football.
Conclusion: This is quite a lazy attempt at a football game and a big disappointment. The usual improvements have been made to show they have the license of the event, but only token gestures have been made making this game soulless.
Excerpt: The FIFA series is never ending. Every year for the last decade EA have released a FIFA title. Not content with just the yearly update, EA also release spin off titles for the World Cup and Euro tournaments. This years version is UEFA Euro 2004 and is released to coincide with the Euro 2004 championship later in the year. However, is it worth buying eight months after FIFA 2004 was released and four months before FIFA 2005 is released? Read on to find out.
Conclusion: To me EURO 2004 is like a game of darts. EA Sports had 5 darts to rack up the most points. 4 darts hit the bullseye and the 5th dart missed the board, missed the wall and ended up hitting a gentleman in the arm 5 metres away from its intended target. The Off the Ball feature is absolutely incredibly hard to come to terms with and emphasises how EA are still struggling to come up with gameplay features to match its main competitor PES.
Pros: + realistic players, kits and stadiums, + graphically very impressive., + fluid animation sequences, + excellent commentary, +, +, Reviewed by Mark Denton, +
Cons: - moves are difficult to pull off, - no club teams are represented, - doesn’t really differ much from the FIFA, - lack of Xbox LIVE support