FIFA Football 2003 Platinum
- 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
- Platform: PlayStation2
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- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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 Hall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
Started of with my favourite Team Arsenal and was amazed to see that you could choose which strip to play in and once you get past the same routine of choosing your controllers etc the game got underway
As the players ran on the pitch it was evident that the Graphics again were top notch and the familiar voice of John Motson Echoed out on my surround sound, when the surprise that is Ally McCoist introduced himself another good addition by EA. The Commentary is linked so surperbly to the game, better than ever before and once the game kicked off you just knew that they had done it again. With A Feel of Pro evolution in the gameplay it became very easy to settle into the game.
Eventually i got a free kick just outside the box and found the next new feature. There is a new free kick sytem where you adjust the ballspin as well as where you want to put the ball, it isn't easy to master and i have only scored once out of about 20 attempts, might just be me...........
Once i did score again the replays are just as good as normal and now the game has a half time package with highlights from the half - The match stats are a lot more detailed as well.
There are loads of little details in this game that you see on the TV today when you are watching the footie and it makes it feel more and more realistic, after the disappointing Fifa World Cup game with the silly star system the die hard Fifa Fans As well as some brand new fans it will genrate will know straight away how good a game it is....
Well I have to say that I am in shock over what must easily be the best Fifa football game ever.
The general presentation and menus and so on are still up to their usual high standards. Watching a Fifa match in broadcast camera mode, however, looks the closest thing I've yet seen to a real game on TV. The graphics are simply stunning and easily put Pro Evo 2 and the good looking TIF 2003 into the shade. The stadiums look great with everything that you would expect to see in them present, except may be the rioting. The crowds cheer, boo, whistle and chant their teams' names. The stadium announcer burbles away in that muffled sound you hear in real stadiums. The commentary by Motty and Ally is also great.
The player animations are simply phenomenal. The famous players are easily identifiable. Players use their bodies very convincingly to control the ball. They turn, twist, jink, chest and stretch very realistically and throw their arms down amusingly when they miss a good chance.
The all important gameplay has been dramatically upgraded. No longer does the ball cling to the end of a player's foot like a sticky ballon. When a player takes a long kick, the ball moves in a realistic Pro Evo way rather than in a strange looping manner that you might expect to see on the moon. Passing along the ground is now ultra slick allowing fast flowing attacking play that didn't seem possible in previous Fifa games. Shooting requires more thought than the usual press and hope efforts of the past too. Games are now exciting without endless goals.
Gripes? Well the auto player selection is still substandard when trying to defend. It seems very hard to get control of your defenders to stop skilful attackers running in on goal. I also thought that the camera views always seemed to show the action either slightly too far away or slightly too near.
So, has Fifa taken the footy crown from Pro Evolution Soccer? No, not in my opinion! The Pro Evo games are still far more intuitive and allow you to produce good attacking and defending play without the effort that Fifa requires. I think, however, that EA have done a good job and Fifa now clearly beats TIF 2003 on gameplay. In summary, if you are a footy fan who can only afford one game then Fifa 2003 will more than do.
Yes the graphics are superb, players actually look realistic, examples being V. Nistelrooy, Davids, Sheringham, Beckham and many others. There are many camera angles, and whilst playing the match, the graphics look good. However, they are not perfect. The players shoulders, particularly in the post match celebrations, are enormous, and although there are many camera angles, none of them enable you to know exactly where everyone is and where they are going. As a result, too many passes into nowhere are played (the radar doesn't help).
The sound of FIFA 2003 is basically three parts:
The background music is good, but nothing special. More tracks would improve the boredom of listening to the same tracks over and over whilst trying to pick your team.
The commentary varies a lot. At times it is excellent, Motty getting it spot on, but there are too many instances where the commentary is sub-standard. Ally McCoist really doesn't know what he is talking about most of the time, you have just played some lovely passing and scored a 35 yard pearldriver and all Ally can say is that it was the keepers fault for being in the wrong place!
The crowd noises are quite good, reacting to much pressure from the home side and cheering them on, but again this could be improved. A more definite cheer is necessary when you score to make you feel even more satisfied would be nice.
Obviously the gameplay consists of trying to kick a small-ish piece of leather into a large net. But that doesn't mean that every football game is exactly the same. Unfortunately the gameplay is lacking in FIFA 2003. When attacking, both you and the defence are too rigid, and too many times I have found myself in a very repetitive and boring game. One good point is that you are guaranteed lots of goals, but even a 0-0 draw (which I have NEVER managed yet in 4 months) is good occasionally.
Introducing the club championship was a smart move, because without it, this game would not last long at all. Yes you can play in 14 different leagues, but the games can get so repetitive at times, that playing leagues are boring. There are many different cups to play in, but these are quite pointless unless you play then around a league. The custom tournament option is not as detailed as previous versions, so it is difficult to create your own league.
USER FRIENDLINESS: 12/20
Quite a disappointing score, but deserved. The menus are fiddly and take an age to load up, meaning you press the x button too many times and you end up going a menu too far, the writing is far too small (unless you own a widescreen TV) and you never feel that you are in control of the game.
OVERALL SCORE: 70/100
Not a bad game, but nothing special. I have not tried Pro Evolution 2 or TIF 2003, so I can't advise on which is the best, but I'm sure they would give this a run for its money.
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