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FIFA 2000: Major League Soccer

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy Color
65
3.0
PlayStation
86
3.7
Windows
87
3.0
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Description

The millennium installment of EAs popular soccer franchise brings a new match engine, over 450 club teams and 40 national from all over the world and also allowing to make dream matches between some of the Worlds' finest teams ever, such as Man. Utd. 1968 and early 90s AC Milan. A team and player editor allows complete edition of the teams. Game modes include Friendly, Cup, League (all customizable) and Season.

Gameplay is faster than it's predecessor, and also featuring a new shielding mode, to protect the ball when alone in front and set pieces from corners, which allow the player to kick the ball accurately to a player in the area.

Screenshots

FIFA 2000: Major League Soccer Windows The Ball Is In The Goal
FIFA 2000: Major League Soccer Windows Red card my man, you're off
FIFA 2000: Major League Soccer Windows The Menu
FIFA 2000: Major League Soccer PlayStation Goal Celebration 2

Alternate Titles

  • "FIFA2000国际足球联盟" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "FIFA 2000: Europa League Soccer" -- Japanese title
  • "FIFA 2000" -- European title

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User Reviews

Fifa 98 and 2001 are way better. Game Boy Color Jim Fun (222)
The finest football game on the PC returns for another go Windows Michael Joyeux (13)
The Best So Far For Football Windows Bilal Ibrar (41)
FIFA 98 was better than this. Windows Diamond Titan (59)

The Press Says

GameSpot UK Windows Oct 22, 1999 9.5 out of 10 95
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Nov, 1999 92 out of 100 92
PC Player (Germany) Windows Dec, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Windows Dec, 1999 88 out of 100 88
Power Unlimited PlayStation Dec, 1999 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 1999 87 out of 100 87
NowGamer PlayStation Dec 01, 1999 7.2 out of 10 72
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows May 05, 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Color Feb, 2000 3 out of 6 60
IGN Game Boy Color Feb 28, 2000 2 out of 10 20

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Trivia

Brazilian partnership

In Brazil, Electronic Arts made a partnership with a non-profit organization called "Fundação Gol de Letra", created by local soccer stars Raí and Leonardo, to revert part of the profit from the game's sales to that organization. As a result of the partnership, Raí was also featured on the local version of the cover.

The "Fundação Gol de Letra" organization help poor children to learn how to read and write.

Portuguese version

Following the potential lawsuit Electronic Arts faced because of the unauthorized usage of the Portuguese league in FIFA 99, FIFA 2000 lacks any reference to Portuguese teams - not even the national team. As the game still had a localized box (this time, featuring Simão Sabrosa of Barcelona) and fearing the removal of local teams would harm sales, the box has a caption going "learn inside how to build the Portuguese championship", which in turn aren't more than instructions to the in-game editor.

Robbie Williams

To close the licensing deal of the title track (It's Only Us), Robbie Williams allegedly demanded EA to include Port Vale in the game. Port Vale, then in Division Two (third tier of professional football in England) is Williams' (who is also known as a big fan of the sport) childhood team and investor since February 2006, was included in the "rest of the world" league.

Robbie Williams himself was included as a player in one of the secret teams, as well as being featured on the game introduction and back cover, and his previous albums (Life Thru A Lens and I've Been Expecting You) were advertised in the last page of the manual.

Awards

  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 - Best Sports Game in 1999
Information also contributed by Emepol and Luis Silva

Related Web Sites

  • FIFA 2000 Online (The site for FIFA 2000 downloads, tips, replays, cheats and their own shootout game)
Contributed to by Brolin Empey (700), Grant McLellan (545) and Matthew Bailey (1143)