|a game by||Electronic Arts|
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|See also:||Soccer Games, FIFA Games|
Gamers who played FIFA 2005 especially after its early release can attest to the fact that it was a great improvement since the 2003 edition. Introduction to the game was early enough before the traditional October date in 2004 to avoid colliding with the buzz in the release dates of Pro Evolution Soccer 4 and EA FIFA’s Street edition. However, as one other great invention from EA Canada, the game is truly formidable as the slogan on the cover says. “A great player needs a great first touch.”
EA FIFA football series has been one of the longest-running sports franchises to have ever existed in video gaming. With just different tweaks to the series every year, FIFA 2005 can be considered as one of the best in terms of tweaks from its predecessors especially FIFA 2003.
The franchise has developed credibility in football gameplay, in particular, the advancements in each new series as well as the updated rosters of teams and players. FIFA 2005 supersedes its predecessors by having access to more modes such as the tournament mode. Also, the game gives you access to different leagues adding the Mexican league not available in the previous series.
Sinking in the Couch
Sitting back and loading the game immerses you to the serenades of a football stadium right at the comfort of your location. I am completely impressed by the ability to play teams throughout the world. The slogan on the cover justifies the actual first-touch gameplay activated by tapping the right thumbstick towards the player being passed to when the current players has not even received the ball. Once the ball gets to the current player, it is automatically passed towards the player you had pointed to using the thumbstick, confusing your opponent even before they think of tackling you. The feature makes the game flawless and exciting.
New Tools Against the Opponent
Developmental changes in the FIFA series are common. However, those made in FIFA 2005 were influential especially towards confusing the opponent. Despite the first touch trick, you will love having the power to use the right thumbstick to pull one over your rival. The tricks you can perform using the joystick exudes excitement and entertainment when connecting a series of tricks to score.
The game controls are smoother as compared to FIFA 2004. Moving the thumbstick or pressing gameplay buttons gets an immediate response unlike the slight delays experienced in previous versions gameplay. The graphics are better off with players resembling their real-life counterparts. The ball is also realistic. The tweaked graphics coupled with the smoother controls emphasizes a smooth experience.
My Take on the Game
The various modes, games and leagues in this series remove boredom from the equation. I believe with no doubt that FIFA is EA Sports' best soccer game and 2005 is at the apex among leading series. You can download the PC version of the game online. If you are considering the game, here are some pros and cons:
- Better controls and response time
- Interesting ball tricks
- Smoother graphics
- Better soundtrack and commentary
- Sluggish when using the computer mouse to play