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With the Euro Cup and Americas Cup having finished up a long while ago, soccer fans everywhere can still get their soccer fix in video game form thanks to EA Sport’s popular FIFA Soccer franchise. Last year’s game just proved that there’s always room for improvement and improving an already good thing just gives us a reason to be excited again. Case in point, FIFA Soccer 2005, the franchise’s latest offering complete with a deeper Career mode, new gameplay features and a Create-A-Player option. Ah, it looks like this is going to be another good year for soccer fans.
Fußballbegeisterte Multi-Konsoleros diskutieren bereits seit drei Jahren über die Tabellenführung zwischen EA und Konami. EA bleibt, trotz dicker Lizenz und prächtiger Präsentation, wegen spielerischen Defizits knapp hinter Konami. Mit der vorliegenden Version macht EA konsequent weiter Boden gut. Kleine, aber feine Verbesserungen in der Spielmechanik sowie der große Umfang lassen Nintendo-Verfechter nicht mehr ganz so neidisch in das Lager der Konkurrenz-Zocker blicken. Trotzdem geht das EA-Fußballspiel noch immer nicht so leicht von der Hand wie der japanische Konkurrent. Was soll´s, für den Cube ist das sowieso kein Thema, daher sollten alle, die FIFA 2004 nicht besitzen, auf jeden Fall zugreifen, große Memory Card vorausgesetzt.
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This year FIFA Soccer 2005 takes the game modes from last year and expands on them; things like Tournaments and single games, the FIFA 2005 store, etc. And 2005 adds what I thought was the single most glaring thing missing from last year. Xbox Owners, welcome to the online pitch! Yes, FIFA got the Xbox Live treatment as well. This made a lot of people happy. Kudos to Microsoft and EA for finally working their differences out, because FIFA is the only online Soccer game there is, and last year it was only on the Playstation 2. So now you have both consoles with online play, and all is well. So that's big. That's very big as far as I am concerned. And the EA Sports Ticker runs while you're connected as well, showing real scores from around the league.
FIFA 2005 bietet Fans der Serie leider zu wenig Neues - die geringen Optimierungen im Gameplay und der unterhaltsame Karrieremodus rechtfertigen keine Neuanschaffung. All denen, die den Vorgänger nicht besitzen und denen Pro Evolution Soccer 4 spielerisch zu komplex ist, können wir dennoch eine Empfehlung aussprechen.
FIFA 2005 is much improved over the last version of the game and fans of the series will no doubt feel good about grabbing it again. The choice between this game and a Konami soccer title, like many other debates in the sports world where EA is involved is a matter of taste, not necessarily quality. FIFA, like Madden, delivers a strong overall feeling of being involved in the world’s most popular sport in big noisy stadiums with highly skilled players who are regarded as gods by their fans. It’s great head to head and online because of the nature of soccer itself. The Franchise mode is extremely satisfying because the long term and short term consequences of your decisions are always going to be on your mind and that only ads to the pressure of winning. FIFA05 is the best version of the series so far.
In the world of soccer games there are really only two serious contenders for the championship title at this point: Konami's Winning Eleven games (Pro Evolution Soccer in Europe), and EA Sports' FIFA Soccer series. Like rival soccer teams eager to show off their newly acquired players at the start of a new season, these two series show up with a host of new features every 12 months in the hope that they'll finally score a convincing victory over the other. Traditionally, Konami's offerings have boasted more realistic gameplay, but have faltered in the areas concerned with presentation, specifically the lack of licensed team and player names.
Game Informer Magazine
I was also disappointed at the lack of tutorials to full you in on new controls, since the franchise seems compelled to change what buttons does every year. Even so, FIFA 2005 is a great play, and comes highly recommended from this soccer fan.
Jeder, der schnell und ansehnlich zum Goalgetter avancieren will, kann zugreifen. Trotzdem wird auf lange Sicht klar, dass man auch dieses Jahr nicht an die Hitqualitäten eines Pro Evolution Soccer 4 herankommt: der Spielaufbau ist zu pomadig, die Schüsse wirken immer noch zu raketenhaft, die Ecken sind grausam statisch, die defensive KI enttäuscht mit Lethargie, die offensive KI stößt zu selten in den freien Raum vor und man schießt viele gleiche Tore. FIFA 2005 ist dennoch ein gutes Fußballspiel, das zwischendurch richtig Spaß macht und weit über dem Niveau eines TIF 2005 oder Club Football 2005 rangiert! Vor allem, da man auf PC, PS2 und Xbox auch online loslegen kann.
La série FIFA Football continue d'évoluer à son rythme. Les améliorations de cette année sont assez minimes, mais le jeu conserve son niveau de qualité, suffisant pour contenter ses nombreux fans.
Game Informer Magazine
Don't get me wrong - this FIFA is as good, if not slightly better than all the other FIFAs before it. And as long as this is all anyone asks for, it looks like FIFA will crawl along from year to year knowing that it never has to fully pull it all together.
Digital Entertainment News (den)
Generally, FIFA Soccer 2005 was an enjoyable experience. The controls felt great, the visuals were really nice, and the varied music made for an interesting package. FIFA Soccer 2005 is a great soccer game.
FIFA 2005 is as much a team-oriented simulation game as you’re going to encounter. If you’ve played FIFA 2004, you know exactly what kind of gameplay experience to expect, with one exception First Touch Control. In keeping with other games in the EA Sports line, FIFA 2005 makes use of the right analog-stick to perform a quick shimmy to outmaneuver your defender. This feature is a good one in theory, since it attempts to balance both the Lone Maverick and Team Player ideologies of gaming. However, this tweak is a quick and dirty solution to distract gamers from FIFA’s main problem area - its overall user responsiveness.
Although some people will probably insist that the Winning Eleven series is still top dog in the soccer genre, there's no denying that EA is starting to get serious about taking back some of its lost fans. The addition of the First Touch system makes the gameplay much more fluid, and it encourages you to improvise more often. Armchair managers will love the new career mode, one of the best you'll see this year. It might not be the perfect soccer game, but FIFA Soccer 2005 is a huge step in the right direction for this once groundbreaking series.
Another year, another FIFA. Unlike some of EA Sports' other franchises FIFA has had a rather spotty career, from a spectacular debut to its recent poor form. But things are looking up for the veteran franchise. There is a greater emphasis on the passing game this year, and indeed with the wider viewpoint and slower play the FIFA 2005 almost resembles its main competitor, Winning Eleven 7. Almost, anyway, since it still falls short of the standards set by Konami's effort.
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When it comes down to it, FIFA 2005 is the Beckham of soccer games. There’s plenty of style, a little finesse, but mostly it’s all marketing. It’s arguable -- we’ll make that argument, at least -- that last year’s Winning Eleven 7 is better than this year’s FIFA 2005. With Winning Eleven on the market you just expect more, and you get it. FIFA may have high-priced Premiereship licenses and a killer career mode, but at the end of the day, it’s just not as much fun as the competition.