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FIFA Football 2005 (PC)

by Electronic Arts
Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
 Ages 3 and Over
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • New First Touch system lets players take instant full control of the ball
  • Incredible environmental realism makes the game look more like a real--life TV broadcast
  • Zoom shots and close--ups that make the action come alive
  • Fantastic sounds recorded at actual games, complete with real crowd chants
  • Listen to play--by--play commentary
  • Fantastic new create--a--player mode

Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
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Product details

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  • ASIN: B00029P9T6
  • Release Date: 8 Oct. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,288 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

From the off, it's fair to concede that the world's best-selling action football game, FIFA 2005, hasn't changed an awful lot in the past twelve months. Those who bought the last version will be entirely familiar with the game's look and feel, and could rightly argue that once more this new version is an evolution at best. But it's still quite a good one. The FIFA series has, in recent times, got into the habit of adding one big new feature each year, with middling successes. Last year's, if you remember, was the impressive-but-tricky off the ball control. This year we get a simpler addition, but a far more effective one. It's the first touch option, and it genuinely can open the game up, whether you choose to use it for a quick pass or tighter control. And it works because it's straightforward--there's no endless messing around with buttons to get it moving.

The rest of the game attracts the usual annual pros and cons. Its presentation is second-to-none, and for a more attacking-focused game, you need look no further. What's more, the single player mode is substantial, and very long lasting. The downside is the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise which is, and remains, the choice of the hardcore gamer. Yet that doesn't mean there's not fun to be had with FIFA 2005. Quite the contrary, in fact. Every year, FIFA can be relied on to provide an entertaining, engrossing and long-lasting football game. Thus, whilst it might be in second place, and this latest release doesn't change that, it remains a strong and worthwhile runner-up.--Simon Brew

Manufacturer's Description

All great players have a great first touch and, thanks to EA Sports’ all-new fluid player kinetic system, the same is now true for FIFA Football 2005 users. This year, a player’s first touch becomes the ultimate gift to those who can think quickly and act fast to outsmart the opposition. A brand new animation system ensures that every button press is directly mirrored on the pitch, accurately reflecting the speed and vision of the world’s greatest players. Featuring more official team and league licenses than any other football game (including lower leagues from the most competitive European countries), an enhanced and extended Career Mode, EA Sports Online play for and an all-new Creation Zone that lets you customise new tournaments or even put yourself into the game, FIFA Football 2005 is the only complete, authentic and intelligent football experience.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good 24 Mar. 2005
By A Customer
I thought this game was alright at first but, since I've moved the difficulty up to Professional, I've realised that it's actually quite poor.
The main problem is that the three tactical options you can chose (Possession, Long Pass and Wings) are hopelessly flawed and none of them allow you to play properly. If you play possession football, your team's off-the-ball running will be non-existent. This is particularly (and infuriatingly) the case with your wingers, who will literally stand inches away from your player as you are taking the ball upfield, rather than run into space. Since it is hard to take the ball past men on the higher levels, winning depends on good one touch passing, which is hard to do if your players won't spread out. Choosing long passes will mean that your players stand too far from the ball, 95% of your passes are intercepted and your marking becomes very slack. The wings option is probably the most pointless of all, as you'll find that every time you put a cross in, your strikers are still out wide and nobody is in the centre, which completely defeats the object of attacking down the wings. In short, these tactics don't really offer you anything, they just create unrealistic limitations. I'd rather not choose one and just get my players to behave normally
Personally, I feel that since FIFA monopolised the license on player and team names, they have become lazy and think that's enough to sell games. For me, the gameplay itself has not really improved since about 1997 (at which time it WAS the best game), it's just the appearance and graphics that have. I still have RTWC 98, and to be honest it's probably more fun to play, even if it's not as slick.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good game, but not perfect. 7 Dec. 2004
By A Customer
FIFA 2005 is definitely a fantastic game, and I would argue the best football game on the PC if not overall. The important thing about the game, I think, is that it combines the two elements that previous FIFA games have produced. The earlier FIFA games (roughly 2000) had fantastic features such as creating tournaments and leagues, creating players etc. as well as a club career but with relatively bad graphics and gameplay. Recent FIFA games, however, seem to have abandoned these great features in favour of amazing graphics and great gameplay.
FIFA 2005 merges these together to produce a fantastic game that is both adictive and entertaining. When it comes down to gameplay the new First Touch system is pretty good. While not dazzling you (unless there is a highly skilled player on the ball) it proves affective in beating your marker and eventually becomes an essential part of your game.
People always talk about one other game when it comes to football, however. Many say that Pro Evolution Soccer 4 is the ultimate footballing game, but, after playing the demo, I really can't see that much difference between the two. Both have good features like online play but I think that FIFA 2005 nods ahead because it is the official game with the real players and real clubs in the real stadiums.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars why can't fifa keep it the same? 1 May 2005
By A Customer
Fifa 2004 was a great game and 5 stars worth but EA Sports have completely changed the game again.The Set Piece system on fifa 04 was great but now it is hard and has been completely messed up.Scoring goals is now too easy as defenders just start backing off.EA Sports need to stop fiddling around or people will buy PES instead.Overall worth buying,the graphics are GREAT but Fifa 2004 is more worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fifa a lot better 10 Jan. 2005
This game has improved a lot. Career mode is really good, the only thing about the career mode that dissapointed me was that you couldn't be the team you want. I finally got 5 stars as manager hoping to be able to select every team in the english league, but you only get a few from each division. Everything else was great. i hope ea make it so you can select any club for Fifa 2006.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIfa Football 2005 13 Oct. 2004
I have played Fifa soccer series since 1999. This latest version FIFA FOOTBALL 2005 is the most complete football game.It has first touch football,great graphics,an extended league (include even Division 1 and 2 teams in English football) and the career mode is nice addition compared to previous edition.FIFA FOOTBALl 2004 is actually a waste of money because you cannot play full premier league games. But FIFA FOOTBALL 2005 has somehow rectify the weakness of FIFA FOOTBALL 2004 and other earlier versions of the series.There is also a music jukebox for you to select your favourite football song.This is the BEST football game package!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars FIFA is finally getting the hang of this! 18 Oct. 2004
So after 3 sleepless nights, I think I am in a position to say to all those Pro evolution soccer fans that FIFA is catching up and its not just gimmicks this time. The game play is a lot smoother and realistic (no more easy 30 yard shots!), and the career bit is now a good 15 years (perhaps more than real managers get!). The enhanced features in the career bit mean you cannot start out managing Real Madrid, but more likely Leyton Orient. You work your way up and gain points and job offers as you go along.
The lighting in the grounds has improved a lot from 2004 where one could barely see the final third of the pitch due to the 'shadow'. I have sadly not qualified for the champions league yet with Leyton Orient, so I still have to pass judgement on the annoying tendency to draw all English teams in the same champions league group, denying me trips to the likes of Milan or Barcelona.
And to you Pro evolution fans, I say, wouldn't it be nice to have a real player name and not Ryen Goggs? The players' skills are much more realistic and buying and selling more difficult. There are several new features like players morale, form (again failry accurate) and the ground chants are even better.
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