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The first thought that passed my mind when I heard about World Cup 98's imminent release was how were EA Sports going to improve the FIFA 98 game engine in such a short period of time. Remarkably they have included a speed slide bar that boosts the gamespeed by some 33%. This leaves me with the burning question - were they holding back on us last Christmas? Although World Cup 98 has improved on the graphical side of the game I believe that the lastability suffers slightly. However the thought of controlling some of the classic teams and players from the past may just prove too tempting for many. Had FIFA 98 not been released so recently then I am sure that this game would have scored in the nineties, but it has and it didn't. I must also apologize for the many similarities between this review and FIFA 98 but to be honest EA Sports started it.
All 32 teams are in there, plus a few special ‘guests’, namely Sweden, Australia and The Republic Of Ireland. Referee strictness and handicapping are available too – meaning that if your favourite team is South Korea (unlikely), they will play to the same standard as Brazil (equally unlikely!). WC ’98 is a formidable package, offering more than enough information and incredible attention to detail to keep the most excitable punters deliriously happy. It’s certainly quicker, but the game engine still struggles to cope with all those bitmapped kits and exuberant animation’s. EA’s best effort to date and a worthy addition to the series.
On the basis of AI improvements alone, World Cup 98 is highly recommended.
Jawel, ik geef het grif toe: World Cup 98 is dé soccergame van het jaar geworden en ondanks het feit dat ik door de speelsnelheid op de PSX de bediening waarschijnlijk pas na de echte finale onder de knie zal krijgen, ben ik nu eindelijk overtuigd.
The bottom line is this, you want soccer, you get it in World Cup 98. From the bicycle kicks to the red flagging from taking down your opponent with an illegal kick, this game compiles everything you need to know about this gut wrenching sport. If you're like me and soccer is not your cup of tea, an evening rental is still worth your time and your money. However, if you are the die hard soccer enthusiast this game is for you, so get off your computer, get this game, and go kick some grass.