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Description

The late-1997 edition of FIFA was heavily tied in with the qualifying procedure for the 1998 World Cup. In the Road to the World Cup mode, you take a team from first qualification through to the main tournament, using the varying systems in different parts of the world. The game features 16 distinct outdoor stadia. The League play features 189 clubs and 11 leagues. Each team has specific crowd chants incorporated into the ambient sound.

The action is faster than in previous versions, and AI has been expanded. Players have distinct facial feature and hair styles. Each match is introduced by Des Lynam and commentated on by John Motson and former Scotland international Andy Gray.

Screenshots

FIFA 98: Road to World Cup Nintendo 64 Title screen
FIFA 98: Road to World Cup SNES Standings, round 1
FIFA 98: Road to World Cup Genesis Choosing a formation
FIFA 98: Road to World Cup SNES Penalty kick

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Alternate Titles

  • "Rumbo a la Copa Mundial" -- Spanish title
  • "FIFA 98: Rumbo al Mundial" -- Spanish title
  • "FIFA 98: En route pour la coupe du monde" -- French title
  • "FIFA 98: Die WM-Qualifikation" -- German title
  • "FIFA 98: A Caminho da Copa" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

EA Sports' swan song to the American Saturn and Sega SEGA Saturn Fake Spam (94)
FIFA 98 is THE best FIFA game out there. Windows Diamond Titan (59)
Soccer is LAME. Windows Tomer Gabel (4351)

Critic Reviews

PSX Extreme PlayStation Feb, 1998 94 out of 100 94
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jan, 1998 92.33 out of 100 92
HappyPuppy Nintendo 64 Sep 28, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Consoles Plus PlayStation Jan, 1998 89 out of 100 89
Mega Score Genesis Mar, 1998 88 out of 100 88
Joypad Nintendo 64 Feb, 1998 86 out of 100 86
PC Joker Windows Dec, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Gamezilla PlayStation 1997 82 out of 100 82
Nintendo Power Magazine Nintendo 64 Feb, 1998 8.1 out of 10 81
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Feb, 1998 78 out of 100 78

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Trivia

Cover

The German front cover shows the Andreas Möller. He won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund and the European Championship with the German national team (both 1996).

Offside

The 32-bit version of FIFA 98 was the first game in the series to do a proper interpretation of the off-side rule. Until then, most players turned off the option because if a player was offside, doing anything else with ball except running stopped the play immediately - even if the ball was passed backwards and nowhere near the offside player!

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 1999 (Issue #177) – Best Sports Game of the Year (together with World Cup 98 and FIFA 99)
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