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After the stumble of FIFA 97 for the PlayStation, it's nice to see EA Sports pick themselves up, dust themselves off and deliver the soccer action we've been craving. FIFA 64 is a fast paced, solidly designed and beautiful event. It may not be the finest FIFA to ever see the light of day but it is probably the best blend of all of FIFA's finer points.
These points of contention aside, is this game any fun? The answer is a simple "Yes." If you can get past the cumbersome gameplay (something in the play control just doesn't feel smooth), the one-player mode against the computer proves to be quite a challenge. Add in a four-player mode, and this title boasts a goodly amount of OK gameplay. If you like soccer, it almost beats lacing up your cleats and eating orange slices in the damp morning grass at halftime. But the same can be said for the most recent PlayStation version, and when it comes down to it, more should be expected of an N64 game, especially from EA Sports.
FIFA 64 kann mit der Konkurrenz aus Japan einfach nicht mithalten und unterliegt in praktisch allen relevanten Punkten. Nur wer zu faul ist, die Spielernamen selbst zu editieren und mit den Originalkickern spielen möchte, sollte auch das recht lieblos programmierte EA-Produkt berücksichtigen. Wie es aussieht, hat Electronic Arts im Wettkampf, wer die erste N64-Fußballsimulation auf den Markt bringt, vergessen, ein brauchbares Spiel zu entwickeln, das auch die Fähigkeiten der N64-Hardware ausnutzt.
All of the problems that plagued the Playstation version remain intact for the N64. Graphics and speed have been improved, but they still can't compete with any of the competition. Due to the limited space available on cartridges, the super-slick intro is gone, leaving only the game on it's own merits. It may just be heading for a big fall.
It's not that FIFA 64 is any worse than its 32bit predecessor, but considering the unmatched and already proven potential of the N64 in the footballing field, the player could be forgiven for expecting more from EA's stalwart licence.
All Game Guide
The overall play of the game, though, more than makes up for those slight deficiencies, and the overall pace is very exciting. The crowd sounds are sure to get your adrenaline pumping, and whether you play against a friend or the computer, you'll find that mastering this game isn't as easy as finding the couple tricks necessary to win in a lot of other sports games. This game is pretty tough.
Game Play 64
L'équipe d'Electronic Arts est très loin d'avoir réalisé un hit. Toute la magie de FiFA a disparu pour laisser place à une version bâclée.