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FIFA Football 2004 (Xbox)

by Electronic Arts
 Ages 3 and Over
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Groundbreaking Game-play
  • Expanded Database and Controls
  • In-game Management
  • Immersive Environments
  • Broadcast Plus
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  • A Game With No Boundaries

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  • Platform:   Xbox
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00009QI4K
  • Release Date: 24 Oct 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,088 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

The annual battle of the football games comes round again, and this time the competition is fiercer than it's been in some years. What a year, then, for the longest running of them all to play its trump card and put in its finest performance to date. For with new added features, and a general all-round polish, FIFA 2004 becomes a must-buy.

The big innovation this time round is the off-the-ball feature, and this really is a stroke of genius. It's fiddly to get to grips with, but basically when attacking, you can control a separate player as they run into space, ready to take receipt of a killer pass that splits the opposition defence open. It takes a little working at, but when it comes off, you'll be smug beyond belief. The feature itself genuinely adds an added tactical edge to a game that used to be wrongly dismissed as an arcade-style kickabout.

On top of that, there are the things that FIFA does better than anyone. The presentation, audio and visuals are superb from top to bottom, and the improvements to the club management side boost the game's longevity--as does a promised link up with Total Club Manager 2004, where you'll be able to import teams from that into FIFA 2004.

Most importantly of all, at the heart of all these improvements is a highly playable football game that's very easy to get into yet suitably challenging to master. And in multi-player mode, it's even better. --Simon Brew

Product Description

For true football fans that demand the finest gameplay and comprehensive game modes, FIFA Football 2004 is the most complete and authentic soccer experience. A new Career Mode gives you the chance to take a team from the lower divisions, battle through ranks, sign new players, and turn them into champions. The action is deeper than ever with advanced levels of player detail and responsiveness. There are also more immersive atmospheres, benchmark presentation, total realism with the world's premier clubs, and industry-leading gameplay, FIFA Football 2004 returns as the true authority in soccer gaming.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different to the other FIFAs, but in a good way 24 Oct 2003
Just got FIFA 2004, and I'm astounded by the number of changes in this version. Usually you got the odd tweak and the teams updated but EA have actually listened to fans moans and tried to do something about most of them. Firstly, the teams. Div 1,2 and 3 teams with the ability to get promoted is a real plus, especially if you support a lower league side. The negatives are the international line up is poor, EA should revert to fifa 98 when all the national sides were present and you could steer them to euro/world cup glory. Why this hasnt appeared since really annoys me, and surely globally the game would appeal even more. The ability to choose who made it into the international squad was also great and I'd love to this back in, along with the indoor matches. In terms of stadia, the number has been updated and they all look great and the ability to choose the weather should have been in the last version anyway. The free kick and corner system is great along with off the ball and in game tactics, and the animation improved a lot. It plays a lot more like ISS which means no more 50 yard dribbles and shots, and a more realistic build up play. I want to see all keeper kits included next year, and gloves and boots all proper names rather than fake EA. It would also be great to have real player photos, and the ability to make you own teams and leagues and a player edit(with putting your own face in via eyetoy/webcam)but maybe I'm asking for too much! I would also like to see the ability to make you own celebrations, and more commentary with better people(Motty and Ally please) and better crowd reactions, more stadia and the champions league/uefa cup. As for gameplay, still need to sort corners out a bit and make volleys/headers easier to execute. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I am a big fan of Fifa 2003 and the Fifa genre, I can still remember playing Fifa 1996 on the Megadrive, but Fifa 2004 pushes the series into a new level. Before playing the game I thought that this would simply be a tweak of the old game, but it isn't, instead it's 10 times better.
Ok so it's still football, but EA have changed the game, from graphics to player modes. Just looking at the game it loooks like you are watching football. The kits look realistic and so do the players. The actions looks great and most importantly there are not only premiership clubs but also, major league ones. You can play as these clubs and manage them. GREAT!
But for me there are two really important parts of the game. Firstly is the training mode, for the last few games, Fifa have cut have the training mode, now you can train your players so they play with better speed etc. Secondly there is the AI and match play. In most Fifa games, espically 2003, the computer would play in the centre, do a huge dribble and take a shot in front fo the goal. This gets really boring!!, every goal nearly rhe same. But in 2004, the computer tries to play more like real football, corner crosses, more challenging play, overall a better game.
Overall the game is more real, better quality and worth 35. Buy now or miss out!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If it ain't broke.... 13 Mar 2004
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. I had an X-Box with FIFA 2003 about a year ago and foolishly sold it (ah, girlfriends...) and FIFA 2003 was almost perfection - gloriously rendered graphics, easy to master controls and the ability to customise your settings perfectly (by getting rid of that crappy euro-cheezy soundtrack for a start).
Fast forward a year and newly single status gets me a new X-Box with FIFA 2004 and I nearly wish I hadn't. Graphically improved, yes, and the controls are familiar but thats about it. Theres a whole new management system where you set training levels, negotiate players in and out and earn 'points' for completing tasks (eg, 5 clean sheets = 500 points allowing you to make extra player bids). WHY???? If I want a football managment game I'll buy Championship Manager or something. Surely I can't be the only person in the world who just wants to put together a Dream Team as easily as possible and stick 50 goals past Man Utd? The on-screen activities are just as bad: delayed controls (reactions for one player are passed onto the next so a player bizzarly kicks a ball out of play when you don't want him too), and as for trying to get the next player, forget it. I've played too many matches where frantically pressing buttons to get the nearest player to the ball results in me getting control of a player all the way down the other end of the pitch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and Bad 12 Mar 2004
I hate to talk negatively about a game if I can help it... after all, I couldn't do any better!! So I'll start with the positives: Graphics look really smooth, replay is very controllable and you can control the height angle and zoom of the camera to look at your wonder-strikes over 'n' over and from all angles. Career Mode offers many more features than previous versions; Premiereship, Div 1,2 & 3, and lower leagues from all over the world.
Buying/selling players, training individual players and the team as a whole all add to the experience. The Off-the-ball play is a really nice touch, although you will have to persist to use it affectively.
Unfortunately we move onto the negatives;
Gameplay... the easiest way to score is to walk around the pitch laying-off gentle passes to your team-mates, getting to just outside the box, and shooting. This is the most effective, thoroughly boring way to play the game, but the only way you'll win on the higher difficulty levels.
I guess the most frustrating things are the small ones, for example, if you turn the offside rule off, and hit a pass over the top - even if your striker is Michael Owen, and he began in an offside position, AND the defender was facing the wrong way, the defender will still catch him!!!!!!! This is SO annoying!!
It is almost impossible to take on the last defender one-on-one and skin him. The easiest way to run with the ball is to run on a diagonal towards the sideline and then hug the line.
Other small irritations are the lack of variety in the commentary, and John Motson 'screaming' he tipped it over when the keeper actuall caught it. And I swear one or two of Ally Macoist's lines are the same ones that Andy Gray said in the last Fifa game.
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1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish
ordered this and the game was totally scratched, I emailed them and they said: 'don't write a bad review, we'll send you another one' , so I didn't write anything, but in a month... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by Will Caspari
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
The attention to detail, the running commentary, and the realism make this game; superb!
Published on 4 Oct 2004 by Paul Outten
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not ISS
the game is a good game. it is by far the best Footie game on the XBOX, however EA have as usual sucked out all of the challenge and personality out of a game that should be both... Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2004 by Master Rg Rogers
2.0 out of 5 stars All very nice to look at, but....
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... Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2004 by D. Appleby
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Why do I think this game is rubbish? Simple, you cannot adjust the game speed, so it plays really slow. The players move as if they are running through treacle. Read more
Published on 31 July 2004 by Mr. P. J. Sampson
4.0 out of 5 stars FAB
Published on 23 Jun 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars A step in the right direction, but still way off the pace
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. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2004 by Mr. J. R. Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars One step for man, one giant leap for Football games
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Well, the people at EA Sports certainly have not sat back all winter and been watching Lord of the Rings, it
seems they have been using their fingers like... Read more
Published on 20 April 2004 by d j bredow
5.0 out of 5 stars Fifa 2004
This Game is top class, a real football game with stamina. after the few minutes of playing you already know you have brough a brilliant game. Read more
Published on 5 April 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Fifa Football 2004 (Xbox)
This is truly one of the worst football games I have ever played. While Fifa games may look pretty people play video games primarily because of the gameplay and not the graphics. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2004 by Mr. R. M. Thompson
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