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FIFA Football 2003 (PC)

Platform : Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP
29 customer reviews

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  • Re-worked AI engine focuses on team play, team tactics and real player attributes
  • Total ball control results in more natural gameplay
  • Free kick/set piece control
  • Fully licensed--16 real leagues, 450 real teams, 10,000 real players
  • Club Championship mode
  • TV-style presentation
  • 1-2 players
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / NT / 2000 / Me / XP
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 3
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B000069586
  • Release Date: 1 Nov. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,691 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

FIFA Football 2003 introduces a reworked AI engine that focuses on three new enhancements: team play, team tactics and real-player attributes. Use the advantage of playing as a team to break down the opposition with precision passing and quality finishing, face the onslaught of an opposing team 1-0 down in the 80th minute as they throw all their players upfront, and experience the challenge provided by the individual strengths and skills of European football's top stars.

A fundamental change in the control of the ball results in more natural gameplay, with deflections, missed headers and scrambled goals reflecting the real nature of football. Dead ball situations are a pivotal part of the real game; FIFA Football 2003 incorporates a new interface that requires the level of skill and strategy that has allowed stars such as Roberto Carlos to shine in the real world. A new set-piece dynamic provides complete control over the power and swerve of free kicks.

All the great players look and behave as they do in real life, competing in all the top leagues and all the greatest national teams from around the world; FIFA offers you total licensed football with 16 leagues, 450 teams and 10,000 players.

In Club Championship Mode you'll be in competition with 18 of the greatest European teams. Feel the intense big-match atmosphere with all the star players, real stadia, real stats and your favourite club-specific crowd chants. Also, FIFA Football 2003's TV-style presentation features some of Europe's greatest commentary teams calling the action. All new half-time and end-of-match highlights let you relive every key moment.

Amazon.co.uk Review

FIFA Football 2003 may well be approached with scepticism: will the gameplay changes and revamp really be something new and dynamic, or just another yearly upgrade? Well, this edition is a surprise--not only are the animation and presentation top notch as usual, but it is really playable and the ball and player physics seem 100 times better than before.

EA have done their homework. The 10th year of FIFA doesn't just see the player names updated and few tweaks here and there--it's more of a mini revolution. There are two new modes of play, simulation and arcade play--one for the more tactical player who likes the fancy approach to play and the other for those more frenetic matches.

As usual, vast numbers of teams and players are included (still no Oxford Utd, though--Oxford Ed); all the big name players are instantly recognisable, Edgar Davids being one fantastic example. The tons of extra features include a new European tournament and loads of DVD clips. --Laurent S Hall


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3.7 out of 5 stars

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov. 2002
After years and years of disappointment with the FIFA series, EA have finally done justice to the beautiful game!
For many years the FIFA series has led the football field in terms of graphics and TV like presentation, however, in the past I have always been left with an empty feeling due to the gameplay experienced e.g. dodgy AI. FIFA 2003 addresses this and more.
The first thing you notice about FIFA 2003 are the graphics and although the game is based on its predecessor, EA have done a great job on the players and stadia in the game. The players in the game now actually look like their real-life counterparts (e.g. Giggs and his stubble!) and the stadia have been reproduced with great detail such as flag bearing crowds and flares going off. The in-game menus and presentation are as always impeccable, with flashy video sequences and graphics.
Now done to the major improvement in the game from its predecessors - the gameplay. In the old FIFA games the AI was terrible even on world class difficulty setting, with computer defenders suffering from moments of madness, however, in FIFA 2003 the AI seems improved with computer players more aware of the game being played e.g. more interceptions. Some who want to pick up and play may see this as a negative but in my opinion the greater challenge makes it so much more worthwhile and rewarding. There have also been minor but significant changes elsewhere in the gameplay, such as dribbling in the game. In the past it was far too easy to run down to the other side of the pitch and score but now sprinting too long or making sudden moves means that the control of the ball is lost, making passing a key element in the game.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CJ VINE VOICE on 1 Jan. 2003
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Despite my best efforts, the fancy graphics and TV advertising convinced me to buy the latest FIFA effort and sadly I wish I hadn't bothered.
It's not that I necessarily dislike the series, as I have enjoyed FIFA games immensely in the past, but I do feel over the last couple of years it has become a real exercise in style over content. The 2003 version is the best example of this. All (or rather, most) of the kits, stadia, players, etc. are beautifully presented. And finally we have names on shirts! Animation is still a bit dodgy in places but then most football games suffer from that. Commentary is absolutely brilliant and the use of proper football chants is also very welcome.
There are still very limited tactical options and the transfer system is STILL rubbish. Come on EA, if you can manage a semi-realistic portrayal of running a hockey side in NHL, why can't you do it here? There are lots of tournaments to get stuck into with loads of club and international sides.
Difficulty levels are confusing, on one level you can beat Real Madrid 6-0, so you up the difficulty a notch and can barely manage a draw or narrow 1-0 win against Grasshoppers! A shame.
The controls are the one thing in FIFA that have gradually got worse. Here we have little control over dribbling unless you have an MS Sidewinder pad or Gravis Gamepad Pro (which I think is obsolete). Without these pads, you cannot use the Freestyle dribbling moves (which aren't even that good) unless you want to try the keyboard. Why can't we use the shoulder buttons, etc. to perform turns and the like as we could in FIFA 98? This was a much better system!
Heading the ball is very tricky in this game, as is playing an effective cross-field pass.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Nov. 2002
When I heard about fifa 2003, and its supposed vast improvemnts on its predecessors, I was very excited. And yes, much of the game has improved quite a lot, but WHY did they have to get rid of that fun feature of creating your own players and teams. On the previous FIFAs, I used to make teams of me and my friends, but I was quite, well very, disappointed when I bought the game and discovered that this option wasn't available. Another thing which confused me was this new set piece model. It's a lot more compicated than the old one, and i now see David Beckham booting a free-kick in a scorable position, 20 metres over the bar, and thats when I press the "shoot" key when the pointer's over the green bit (you'll see what I mean if you buy the game). And what really does my head in, is that now, for some reason, there is just one button for heading the ball, so you get no choice at all on how you want your player to head the ball, and that doesn't seem to work most of the time anyway.
However, not everything has changed for the worse. The graphics are now, comparatively, fantastic, and every player who you would recognise in real life, you would recognise in the game. One example is Ruud Van Nistelrooy, he is instantly recognisable, as his face and hair are spot on. Edgar Davids now has his protective glasses, and they even took the time to get Beckham's hair absolutely right (but no doubt that'll be out-dated 10 times over by next month by his ever-changing hairstyles).
Another interesting feature, now, is that you can choose whether the two competing teams are wearing their home or away strips, so now you don't end up with strip-clashes, or the home team wearing their away strip.
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