FIFA 2000 Review By Richard Butler
Well, is this time of year we get to the month of November and eagerly
await the next release of the next edition of the smash hit FIFA series
from EA Sports. Previous FIFAs have gradually upgraded from the previous
ones, eventually giving FIFA 99 the title of «Game of the Century».
FIFA 2000 is no different just about everything has been upgraded more leagues, better gameplay, the list goes on and on. But the thing
that impressed me most about the game was the extended seasons once
you have finished a season, it carries on to the next, with promotions
from lower divisions, so you could have finished a league and Charlton
could replace Sheffield Wednesday in the next season.
However, anything Portuguese has been excluded from the game the
Portuguese national team, replaced by the withering heights of Lebanon;
and the Portuguese league, replaced by a nicely unused Norwegian league
of part-timers. Also the reduction of skill moves has enraged me no
more stepovers or flick-ups, but they have still kept the Maradona 360
spin and a side step move which makes it no big deal.
EA Sports have also introduced a new feature to FIFA that is ball sheilding.
Now, this can be very handy if you are waiting for your star striker
to split that defensive rock in half, opening up a perfect gap for a
through ball. Basically, ball sheilding is sheilding the ball from an
opponent, which works for five seconds or so depending on the defender's
Whatever people may say, FIFA 2000 really is the best thing since sliced
bread and the incredible balance of graphics and playability reflects
that. This game is set to steal FIFA 99's crown as the undesputed leader
of games in the soccer genre, but doesn't the latest version always?
Whenever EA Sports release a new FIFA, it always beats its predecessor,
as it should but if a FIFA 2001 can improve dramatically on this effort,
we should be set for a corker!