15 Years of FIFA

Benjamin RogersAnalyst IOctober 14, 2008

Many games have come close and many games have fallen to the mighty FIFA series.

The Series started in 1993 with the first game Fifa 94 or to some players in the world Fifa International Soccer. At the time it was the first game to have the team looked at from a different angle instead of the other football games that had the pitch view from above or side.

Its been played on the finest consoles such as Ps3, PSP, PS2, PS1, Xbox 360, Xbox, Wii, Game cube, N 64, Gameboy, PC, DOS, Sega Mega Drive, Saga Satern, and many more...

Since its creation it's really made leaps and bounds in its graphics and game play and has become one of the most loved football (soccer) games of all time.

It is famous for being the most official game and beautifully game on the latest consoles.

I have made this article because I wanted to compare the FIFA's of the past with the FIFA's of the present. I'm going to start a voting poll so all the fans can vote for their favorite Fifa.

I will use many methods of getting information about the versions of FIFA such as Wikapedia, the official FIFA website, the game website, and many chat rooms. However my own memory of the games are pretty good as I'm a massive FIFA fan.


At the time it was a master in football gaming, its different graphics and game play really stood out against its competitors. It was one of the only FIFAs not to be 100% official and spelled names incorrectly and only allowed you to play with international teams. Its tag at the time was "FIFA International Soccer has it all...experience sheer brilliance."


FIFA 95 was only a minour polished version of 94, except the new version allowed you to play with club teams from Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, England, France, Netherlands, and USA. Even at this time however the FIFA series did not use official names of players, and this was the real downfall of the game as many fans had been promised a more official FIFA. But the game still had the tag "The best console football can get."


Many fans were extremely delighted when they realized that 96 was the first FIFA to have official names and positions. FIFA as an apology also chucked in the first Transfer Window System for a console game. The game was also a ground breaker for the new 3D Graphics Virtual Stadium. The tag line for this game was "Next Generation Soccer" and it lived up to its name.


The biggest change in FIFA '97 was the inclusion of six-a-side indoor soccer mode and polygonal players, with Motion Capture provided by David Ginola. It added the first commentary to a game by Voicing Andy Gray and Des Lynnam as the commentaters. Its tag was "Emotion Captured" even though the game was reported to be a bit sluggish.

FIFA 98: Road to the World Cup

This game marked the start of a trend in the series. It boasted a better graphics engine, team and player customization options, 16 new stadiums, better AI, a "Road to World Cup" mode with all FIFA-registered national teams, and a licensed soundtrack featuring popular musical artists of the time.

The most ambitious of the series up to that point, it features many accurate team rosters even with reserves for national call up when playing in the round robin qualification modes. It is also the first FIFA game to contain an ingame player/team editor. Its tag was "Your only goal—qualify."


This was one of the most popular FIFAs as it added even more official players, teams, countries, and Cups to the new edition. It made an even bigger leap by really improving the graphics. The game only had one problem it was so technology smart it was some times to fast for the consoles and regular half time screen freezes started to occur all over the world. The tag for the game was "All The Clubs, Leagues, and Cups."

FIFA 2000

Game play is fast, simple, and has a clear arcade feeling which failed to keep hardcore fans happy, especially with rival games such as International Soccer gaining in reputation. The leagues also feature many unlicensed teams, which substitute their real names for those of their home cities. For the first time, U.S. Major League Soccer clubs are included. The tag for the game was never really given away so many use the Robbie Williams song to tag the game, "It's only Us."

FIFA 2001

This title had a new graphics engine which allows each team to have its own kit, and for some players, their own unique faces. Doing away with ordinary coloured pennants as club emblems, the license includes official club emblems for the first time, although certain leagues, like the Dutch league, are unlicensed. Slightly tweakable physics made the game a modding favorite for its fan community.

FIFA 2002

Power bars for passes were introduced, and dribbling reduced in order to attain a higher challenge level. The power bar can also be customised to suit the gamer's preference. The game also includes club emblems for many more important European clubs as well as for major Dutch clubs such as PSV Eindhoveen, Ajax, and Feyanord although there is still no official Dutch league.


FIFA 2003

FIFA 03 features completely new game play from the previous titles. EA revamped the outdated graphics used in FIFA 2001 and 2002, and introduced new graphics featuring more detailed stadia, players, and kits.

Also, unlike previous versions of the game, instead of a ring around the controlled player, an arrow pointed down at the controlled player, to make the controlled player not seem as if he was attached to the ball. For the first time in years FIFA gave the game a tag. It was, "Be the twelfth man."

FIFA 2004

The biggest new inclusion is secondary divisions, which allow the player to take lower ranked teams into the top leagues and competitions. A new game play feature dubbed "off the ball" was introduced, which is the ability to simultaneously control a second player in order, for example, to move him into the box in anticipation of a pass. Apart from that not much changed from the '03 addition. The game tag was "Create Brilliance."


The biggest difference compared to previous titles in the series is the inclusion of first-touch game play which provides gamers with the ability to perform "real-life" tricks and passes. It is also the first version to feature the full Mexican League. This game however was flop as many fans were lost to the Pro Evolution Series. The tag for the game was "A great player needs a great first touch."


This was another turning point for the FIFA series as the game was given a new face lift and over half the game was redone to compete with Pro Evo. Many fans were lost again to PES and again FIFA was getting a bit downtrodden. Many said it was over for FIFA. The tag was "You play they obey."


The main differences from the previous game are a new "Interactive Leagues" function, new stadiums such as the new Wemebly and and Emirates Stadiums, and the ability to create custom teams. The game's front-end and graphics engine remain largely untouched. The tag was "This Is the Season."


FIFA 08 was the title that gave the FIFA series the breath of life it needed. The debut version for the Wii introduces motion controls for shooting, as well as three mini-games that make use of the Wii Remote. The first touch was said to improved greatly and the through ball was perfected to make scoring a goal look beautiful. The tag was "Can you FIFA 08?" "Got what it takes?"


For me this is the best FIFA in years and will smash Pro Evo in to the stratosphere. The game is tougher and you have to use your brain when it comes to scoring a goal.

I can't give the biggest preview of the game as I've only discussed the game with friends and some Internet folk. The reception the game has got is great and many of my pro Evo friends are saying they are very impressed.

The game only has one downfall for me and that is you can't change the numbers on the back of the shirts. Messi No. 2 hmmmm. However it's easy to forgive FIFA as the game is otherwise floorless. Pro Evo Do your worst.  "Let's FIFA 09" is the tag for the game and I truly believe more and more people will come back to fifa thanks to this new version.

Remember this is a vote article, so get voting for your favorite FIFA. If you have any comments that would be great and if you have any Questions or suggestions then please feel free to suggest them as I'm still young and learning.

As always hope you enjoy the article.


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