FIFA Soccer 2004
There is a certain tension to the game that makes it exciting, though. When final scores are 1-0 more often than not, you know every move counts out on the field. And that's where EA's game succeeds. You'll find yourself sweating profusely over every intercepted pass and scoring chance you give up. If it were easier to aim at the net in the side view (which is how I like to play), I'd be more excited about FIFA 2004. That and the somewhat chintzy Career mode are the two low points in an otherwise good game. (Though I'm sure Bryan 'Sporto' Intihar will disagree with me.) One more year of refinement should do the FIFA brand some good."]
Konami's Winning Eleven has done to FIFA what Sega's (now ESPN) series did to Madden--it forced EA Sports to make a better game in order to stay on top. You'll notice the monumental improvements right away--this game looks downright amazing, right down to David Beckham's hair. Beyond the smashing visuals, the addition of Off-the-Ball control gives you the capability to control every player on the pitch, and a much-improved Career mode lets you manage a squad from obscurity to the top. Winning Eleven 7 doesn't come out until February, so at least for now, FIFA is the soccer game to go out and buy.
Greg, you're being a little too rough on FIFA It's a lot like your beloved ice hockey games, only grassier. Anyway, I'm with Patrick on this one. FIFAs Off-the-Ball control not only increases your offensive potency tenfold but also provides hardcore soccer studs with an added level of gameplay they've been beggin' for from the series. Plus, no other game of footie has such stellar graphics or electrifying stadium atmosphere. Next year, give me a Create-a-Player and enhanced Practice mode, and I could be saying, ' Winning Eleven who?'