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The licensed game of the 1998 Football World Cup held in France from June 10 to July 12 and the first World Cup licensed game distributed and developed by Electronic Arts features a tweaked FIFA 98 engine, with all 10 stadiums accurately designed and all 32 teams (plus 8 teams that failed to qualify but still deemed too important to leave out) featuring real names and close "look-a-like" kits. Changes done to the 3D engine feature include on the fly in-game management with better player positioning AI (including the goalkeeper), and faster gameplay. An editor to change all player information is included, which affects simulated data: the team with higher ratings has a better chance of progressing through the next stage regardless if it is Brazil or China.

It's possible to play with the groups as determined by the real draw, randomize or customize them to the players' likings, mixing both qualified and additional teams. Once the player wins a trophy, the first of the Classics matches is unlocked. These are eight final matches in the competition's history which are unlocked as the player beats them one by one. Friendlies, training matches and practice penalty shootouts close the modes available.


World Cup 98 Windows Stadium view
World Cup 98 PlayStation Oops, one of the Mexico's front players has been passed the USA's defense line.
World Cup 98 PlayStation The goalkeeper stops the ball.
World Cup 98 PlayStation The match begins.

Promo Images

World Cup 98 Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "世界杯: 决战法兰西" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Frankreich 98: Die Fußball-WM" -- German title
  • "Coupe du Monde 98" -- French title
  • "Copa del Mundo: Francia 98" -- Spanish title

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User Reviews

Flawless Windows Luis Silva (13595)
Wow, first time like on tv Windows MAT (224494)

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Windows May 06, 1998 94 out of 100 94
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows May 31, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Unlimited Nintendo 64 Jun, 1998 8.8 out of 10 88
Video Games PlayStation May, 1998 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun Nintendo 64 Jun, 1998 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot Nintendo 64 Jun 05, 1998 8.6 out of 10 86
Game Revolution Nintendo 64 Jun 06, 2004 B+ 83
Nintendo Power Magazine Nintendo 64 Jun, 1998 8.1 out of 10 81
Total! (Germany) Nintendo 64 Jun, 1998 2.25 out of 6 75
Joypad Nintendo 64 May, 1998 7 out of 10 70


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Cup Classics

The Cup Classics from 1966 and before are presented in black & white, and feature the old style ball (made of leather, stops like a dead weight, etc.) which behaves differently from the modern one. The two Cup Classics from the 30's (1930 and 1938) have an old film quality. The dress and hairstyles of the different eras are accurately portrayed (sideburns in the 60's, short hair in the 50's, very short shorts in the 70's, long shorts in the 50's, etc.). However, there are some inaccuracies:
  • The football design, adidas Tricolor, used in reality only during the 1998 World Cup, is used in all classic matches from 1970 onwards (that is all classic mode matches shown in colour).
  • The Golden Goal rule, used in real life for the first and only time in the 1998 World Cup is used for all World Cup Classics matches in the game.
  • The penalty shootout introduced in 1970 can be used to decide any of the World Cup Classics matches in the game.
  • The Yellow and Red cards, used in real life first during the 1970 World Cup, are used for all games in this mode.
  • The cards are shown in colour during black and white/sepia matches.
  • Captions are shown in faded colour during black and white/sepia matches.


During penalty shootouts, if the player scores one of the possible commentary strings is "That's how we score'm, John", said by Chris Waddle. The same Chris Waddle that blasted his shootout spot kick high into the stands in the WC'90 semi-finals against Germany, which ended up in a tearful defeat for the British side. Germany went to win the tournament 1-0 against Argentina, and Italy beat England 2-1 for the third spot.

References to the game

The PlayStation version of the game appeared in the music video for "Vatreni zmajevi" by Croatian musician Ante Cash in 2014.


Information also contributed by A_J and Luis Silva
Contributed to by Raphael (1261), Kartanym (12718) and (1079)