has played a soccer game before? Raise your hands. Nice and high so
i can see them. Hmm...thought so. Ok, well get this-in all my gaming
years, this is the FIRST soccer game i have played and thus the first
i've reviewed. But ya know something-i like it. :)
wouldn't think someone like myself (being a Canadian and all, where
we're supposed to be infatuated with hockey only) would pick up this
game off the shelf and enjoy it. Did i enjoy it as much as NHL 2001
thus far? Nope. But it's pretty good. And as a note, Fifa and NHL have
got me looking forward to NBA Live 2001 as well-we have basketball north
of the border too for those who were unaware. Hell, a Canadian invented
the sport. But let's talk some football (soccer, whatever...pretend
you're European for a minute).
the first things i think i liked about this game was that i could have
everything maxed out in detail, 1024 x 768 and 2X FSAA and not a frame
skipped on a V5 5500/P 500 test system. NHL 2K was notorious for being
far more demanding among NHL PC gamers, but Fifa should not disappoint.
And it looks gooood too (observe the extended 'o's in 'good'-they represent
quality). Of course, the 2nd thing you'll notice is that arcade style
play isn't a real factor in Fifa. You've got a TON of teams to choose
from, and fairly realistic gameplay put together. Impressing. But for
those who wanted a speedier, higher scoring type of game-you're not
going to find it in Fifa 2001.
are no huge problems to declare with Fifa 2k1...the game commentary
is well done, the graphics and sound are more than up to par. The re-playability
(particularly for a soccer fan) should be relatively high and each game
is more than enjoyable both in multiplayer and single player modes.
But...(yes, but)...through the generations of sports games, we've
gotten used to seeing a lot more trinkets coming along with our games
from EA. Putting your face in the game, making your own jersey, and
an insane number of play modes. And though this isn't a problem per
se with Fifa 2k1, it's a little disappointing to see that the game really
has none of those extra special goodies to please the money-paying 'Fifa-folks'
that diligently sit in front of their glowing beasts and jam on EA's
football games(yes, i still know it's soccer, just PLEASE...stick with
the pretending to be European thing).
than that, i can only say that the AI is a tad repetitive defensively.
If you try a move several times in a row to pass off to another player,
the computer often defends the exact same way regardless of deviations
in timing in your passing plan. This occurs more with cross-field passing
though than short distances.
So to just
wrap it up i guess...Fifa 2001 is a good game. Yes indeed. So was NHL
2001 though. And although i think NHL 2001 was a marginally better game
than this one-yet-neither of them quite blow me off my chair despite
being as good as they are. Why? Well...i suppose when you play the same
games every year with only minor changes made to it with every passing
year, you realize it's going to take a little more than small modifications
to take the game as a package to the next level. So, this game
deserves an A in my opinion, but i am crossing my fingers for a sports
game like this that will deserve a grade of A+. But it's good soccer
fun anyway! Oh sorry...you can quit the pretending to be European thing
played a soccer game in my life-so this seems pretty good
am not a soccer fan either, but this still kept me playing-trying
to score anyway... ;)
of teams, but there are essentially ZERO frills. You play soccer
or you don't play soccer. NHL 2k1 has spoiled us.