FIFA Football 2003 (GameCube)
- 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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- Platform: GameCube
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
- Media: Video Game
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.
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 HallSee all Product description
Top customer reviews
For the first time it feels like a i am playing a premiership football match. The passing, one touches and especially the dribbling feel natural and allow you to build up pressure or attack swiftly. The defensive controls are neat too.
OK so it's difficult to header or volley and the central defenders have an alarming habit of going walkabout but its all forgiven when you dribble round two players and lay off a killer ball
A special mention for the graphics and animation.... gorgeous. It really looks like Darius Vassel spanking in a 25 yarder to complete his hat-trick against Manchester United (ho hum).
If you like a football game and are fed up with overplaying ISS2 on the cube, go get it, you won't regret it! Oh, and make sure you have a BIG memory card... 52 blocks! Arrrrgh
The graphics are quite impressive, game play is smooth.
Players can play a fast paced game of football or play a more detailed football simulation. The game also features many major clubs, all detailed up to date player stats ect.
I usually am hopeless at these footy games, but this one is ace.
After walloping city 4-0, to hear the Leeds fans shouting "Are you watching Manchester?" Really topped the game off!
I am currently suffering from lack of sleep because of this game.
Buy it! go buy it now.
Any football fan will be impressed with this title.
Fifa 2003 is the best in this series of football games so far (I am excluding 2004). I felt that 2002 was a bit of a disaster with annoying traits, and guaranteed scoring angles, but I found this to be a massive improvement.
This has been improved much from the previous games, but not necessarily in all fields.
-On previous games, you could always guarantee scoring from a certain angle, or in a certain way, and I understand that before this might have been unavoidable with the limits on console power, but this problems seems to have been removed.
-As far as I know, this is the first Fifa game to include off-the-ball runs. By pressing or tapping L, you can get a player to make a run infront of you, and, using the through-ball feature, you can attempt to pick him out, hopefully leading to a goal.
-The free kick styles have been improved, and now involve some skill, instead of the various old ways of doing things, which would almost always result in a miss. However, it is now very clear cut whether it is going in or not, and it is still hard to create beautiful set piece movements.
-A step back from some of the previous games is the lack of training features. When I owned Fifa 98 (another of the better games) I could sit for ages attempting move after move, playing little 5 a-side matches, and generally just practising the things I wasnt so good at. I dont like the fact that this has been removed.
-Once you have played the game for a long time, and I do mean a long time, to the point where you have really mastered the game, you start to get annoyed. The players do still sometimes seem to pass to no-one, or straight to the opposition, and when playing human opponents, you realise how much the slide tackle is overpowered as you can slide across huge distance and intercept passes. But you really have to have played for a long time before you get really annoyed.
-I don't really understand the heading system. I have never really worked out how this involves skill to win the ball, and what I usually end up doing is tapping Y to head, as this seems to be the best way to do things. It isn't very clear in the manual. (If anyone actually knows the best way to head, could you drop me a note? :-))
A definite improvement from the previous versions, most features are improved and there are only some steps back. The new features added are also good, and will probably improve in subsequant games.
-Again, great improvement, previous games were blocky, the ball jumped towards the players feet, and the players themselves were unrecognisable.
-The players faces are nearly always recognisable, and there is nothing more satisfying than fouling Man Utd players, and seeing how miserable they always look when they stand up (sorry Man U fans).
-Smooth ball movements. Obviously, there are times when, if you watch the slo-mo replay at the slowest speed, you can see the ball not take a natural path, but this is inevitable, and I feel it looks alot better than it has done before, and better than it could have been if they hadn't smoothed it off.
-Classic commentary. I love it, my favourite comment is: "You woulda put your house on him scoring from there."
-On the negative side, the commentary doesn't always fit, and I've had "One on one with the keeper!" when there are 3 defenders left to beat, and "You would really expect him to score from there!" when you shoot from 40 yards out. But in general, commentary is good.
-The crowd sounds are good, they celebrate when you score, boo the referee when he misses a foul, and oooh and aaah in all the right places.
Gameplay - 8.5/10
Graphics - 9/10
Sounds - 9/10
Features - 7.5/10
Overall - 8/10 (this is not an average)
A good game in general, but will occaisionally have you screaming at your TV set.
The tricks are good and are the feature of this game and the graphics are nice.
+ Tricks are not too hard or too easy to do
- The management is not as good as 2005
- Playability isn't as good as 2005 either
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