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Fifa finally comes good, kinda.
on 8 October 2004
I'm happy to say that finally with the 2005 edition of Fifa EA have gone some way to making a decent football game. Every aspect of the 2004 experience has been improved as standard but most importantly the new 'first touch' gimmick actually works. No more passing to a player on the wing who almost immediately loses control of the ball and knocks it out, instead with a flick of the right thumb stick your player will turn with the ball not only keeping it but often creating space.
Many of the most overt problems inherent to the Fifa franchise have been addressed such as retarded goal keepers who can save one shot but always fumble the rebound, or the limited player stats that provided a completely inaccurate picture of a players skills. Some of these problems however remain, most notablely the inability of a team to press up on the opposition despite changing every single formation and tactic in the game. The somewhat useless 'off the ball' is still here although it's much easier to use the x button to cross. The players moves are also still very generic rather that the best players having signature moves as in Pro Evo.
This is without doubt the best Fifa since it's debut on the Megadrive in 1995, great graphics, wonderful player models, a ball that doesn't just stick to the players feet and EA's usual slick presentation. Fifa finally feels like your playing football despite some often poor player positioning and the player creation tool offers a interesting addition. The most anticipated feature however has to be Live play which by the way is excellent, the interfaces, options, and actual football all feel right and the Fifa sponsored world cup will attract I suspect a huge portion of the Live community.
The career mode has been vastly improved; featuring 15 seasons from the bottom leagues to the top, a champ man style simulator if you decide your opposition won't provide a challenge and much greater level of managerial options available. So a good Fifa game? In my opinion yes, better than any I've previously played but will it contend with Pro Evo 4 released on Nov 12th? Perhaps not but we'll see, oh and EA where the hell are the Dutch national team?