I cannot recall how many times I heard
people gripe that the FIFA series was too arcade-like to make it enjoyable after scoring
your 500th goal. So what did EA Sports do? They worked on the management aspect
of the game (which was sorely missing in the FIFA series)! Career play has been greatly
enhanced. The biggest improvement must be the ability to improve your team with the use of
the STARS system.
After a match, you are allocated stars based
on a few factors, for example the number of goals you scored, whether or not the man of
the match came from your team, number of fouls committed etc. These stars are then used to
improve your players attributes like speed, shot accuracy and passing ability. They
can also be used to buy players in the transfer market.
You can also export your team and challenge
your friend at his house. Imagine taking your super-seasoned Watford and challenging his 1st
season Manchester United - a real interesting match up indeed! Season play over multiple
seasons is now available. Together with the STARS system, this gives the game more depth
than all the other FIFA games put together!
The greatest change from FIFA 99 must be the
inclusion of the power bar. You can now vary the power of your lob, shot and through
Power Bar at bottom right corner
I cannot say enough of what a difference
this makes, too much power and your shot goes awry, too little and the defender easily
mops up. The keys have been changed and after getting used to it, I believe that it was
the right move. The game feels better when played using a gamepad and its great that
EA Sports included the Microsoft Sidewinder as one of its recommended gamepads
together with the Gravis Gamepad/PRO.
Its a give and take situation here. The individual team kits and stadiums are
faithfully represented thanks to the tie-in with the F.A Carling Premiership. Gamers no
longer have to download self-made kits from fan pages to see their teams in their correct
kits. The adboards look exactly the same as those placed on the
Premiership grounds. The
pitch detail has also been improved.
It now looks great. But
the player animation just isnt as good as before. Their faces resemble those guys
without faces in the X-Files. While playing the game I came across many graphical
glitches, theyre small enough to go unnoticed but youll pick them up after a
while. For example, once after the ball was kicked into the net, the netting stretched to
the corner flag and back, Ive never seen anything like that before! On another note,
the menus are very well done, everything is sleek and polished. Its just a pity the
in-game graphics arent as good.
now looks great. But the player animation just isnt as well done as before. Their
faces resemble those guys without faces in the X-Files."
I want more!