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FIFA 2000 - PC

by EA Sports See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows 98 / Me / 95
Everyone
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00001IVB8
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 26, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,376 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Review

Soccer has never been very popular in the United States, if only because its 45-minute halves of continuous action are unlike the frequent start-stop dynamic of pro football, baseball, and basketball. Throw in the typically low score of a soccer match, and it isn't difficult to understand the general lack of interest in the game. That being the case, computer and video soccer games have traditionally been designed for foreign markets and later released in the US in hopes of making some additional sales. But EA Sports changed all that with FIFA for the Sega Genesis console, which proved to be successful both in Europe and the United States, and started one of EA Sports' most important brands. And judging by FIFA 2000, this high-quality soccer franchise is still going strong.

FIFA 2000 adds the 12 teams of the MLS to the existing roster of countless other leagues from around the world. Now you too can fulfill the soccer matchup urologist's dream of pitting the Kansas City Wiz against the Dallas Burn. The game's strange opening sequence of old-time players meeting the new cyber soccer athlete can be forgiven thanks to a great soundtrack that includes UK musician Robbie Williams' hit It's Only Us.

Get past the intro and you'll find there are four basic modes in FIFA 2000: exhibition, tournament, season, and training. It also contains three levels of play: amateur, pro, and world class. There is a big difference in the computer's skill level between the three settings, most noticeably in the speed of the opposing players. Great weaving runs will win matches for you in the amateur level but will become obsolete at the pro level in which short, crisp passing becomes the order of the day. The training area is a good place to try to adjust to the different speed of the players at the higher levels. In addition, you can practice various set pieces, such as penalty kicks, throw-ins, and free kicks.

Exhibition mode lets you match one team against another, and with teams available from such soccer-loving countries as England, Scotland, Germany, and Italy, plus classic teams from the past and a large number of international squads, the exhibition mode is almost a game in and of itself. However, the tournament mode offers more variety. Single-elimination tournaments are rare in US sports, and yet they generate huge excitement throughout the rest of the world. FIFA 2000's tournament mode lets you make a custom single-elimination tournament of the teams you want. I particularly enjoyed matching up the lesser English Premiership teams with teams from Scotland and Major League Soccer. But different combinations of teams from any of the available leagues can be put together. In addition, there is a custom league option that allows complete mixing and matching. For example, I took the teams from Scotland and Sweden and put them in a 22-team league, but I was disappointed that the game ended after one season.

The regular season mode lets you take a single team through the entire season of competition. For instance, if you're playing a great team from England, then you play not only league games, but also domestic and European cup competitions. Of further note, FIFA 2000 includes various classic teams, such as the 1968 Manchester United European Cup winners and the brilliant early-'70s Ajax squad. EA made a curious aesthetic decision to use a brown-colored tint when two of the old-time teams play, as if to re-create the look of a grainy old film reel. But this effect merely interferes with the gameplay - specifically the appearance of the pass direction arrow, which is in all other cases unobtrusively color-coded - and it should have been an option rather than the default.

Once you get into the game, it's high-octane sports action at its finest. The motion-captured animation is superb overall and completely captures the essence of movement in soccer. Great crowd animations and stadium chants also add to the atmosphere. The varied heights of the players, their realistic facial expressions, and even their hairstyles all make you believe you're actually watching your favorite team.

FIFA 2000 not only looks good, but it also plays well. For instance, the controls are very responsive. You can perform a variety of kicks, tackles, and headers with various button presses and combinations. As you move with the ball, the pass direction arrow clearly points toward offscreen players and indicates the chances of the ball getting through to them. However, EA Sports could have improved FIFA 2000's player-management and simulation aspects. While it is possible to move players between teams, there are no filters to prevent lopsided moves. Each team has a certain amount of money, so you can't buy all the players you want, although it is still possible to pick up an entire team of good players. It would be nice to see an active intelligent trade market and managers making deals based on need. FIFA 2000 lets you play up to three seasons in a league, but without this active trading there is really no point, since the same teams remain powerful. This may be why the customizable league stops after one season - but it would be nice to have active trading and leagues that could continue year after year.

EA Sports brought on MLS commentator Julie "Rowdy" Foudy of the United States Woman's World Cup team to provide the color commentary along with ESPN's Phil Schoen. While FIFA fans have become familiar with the commentary style of respected English commentator John Motson, Foudy is pleasant enough, although it is disorienting to hear her talk about tackles on a football field (meaning American football) within the context of a soccer game.

While there is some room for improvement, FIFA 2000 delivers on almost every front and is a fast-paced, enjoyable, and challenging soccer game with numerous options and lots of depth. Though you may find yourself wishing FIFA 2000 offered even more, it is ultimately a must for any soccer fan.--Colin Sloan

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars FIFA series is rolling down February 16, 2000
By A Customer
FIFA 2K haven't met my expectations. By far the best game FIFA 98, were you could dribble opponents, score from distance, and have a chance (as in real life soccer) to face the keeper one on one, and choose were to score. In FIFA 2K it is almost impossible to change the direction of a shot; all you can do is shoot to the same direction you are running. It is absolutely impossible to score from medium/long distance (as you can see over the soccer leagues all over the world). And most annoying of all is that all the crosses to your own goal (including corner kicks) are always goal. The actual shielding option is something good, as well as the AI, but why do Easport take out features that were fine in previous versions of the game? What is that nonsense of Israeli and Turkish leagues? That's crap. The Argentinean league should be in the game. How do you dare (people from easports) not including Uruguay (twice World cup champions)as a national team option, and most of all Uruguay of 1950, who achieved the most important victory in the history of soccer, by defeating Brazil in the world cup final at their stadium of Maracana in front of 200,000 people? The game is disappointing.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A shame! January 12, 2000
This time EA Sports really screwed it up... That once thrilling, fun game has become an annoying, outstandingly boring piece of junk. Why do they change stuff no one complained about? We can no longer choose in what stadium to play, transfers have become a hard-to-solve puzzle -- due to a ridiculous money limit --, we can't choose more than 8 teams in a league or merely one in a season... They completely messed up the Brazilian league, reducing it to 7 teams and making the players' names unrecognizable. And how was the game "improved"? They created the season mode -- be careful: if you get down to 2nd division, there's no 2nd division to play in! Oh, they added the MLS, even though no one had asked for it. And they added classical teams, which created some funny situations: you can easily beat Holland '74 playing for Al-Nasr in the professional mode; however, in the World class mode, you can't even beat Al-Nasr, even if you are a '74 Dutch! I've been buying the series since '97, and all that could be asked for was maybe the Argentine league. Now we have the pathetic leagues from Israel, Turkey, but we didn't get Argentina -- and lost Portugal. A shame!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Patches, patches, patches. January 28, 2000
Why Americanize the game when it's a world sport?
1) Commentary just flat out stinks! Download the English commentary patch with Motson, Lawerenson, and Lineker. A piano dropping out of the sky?
2) Facial features looks terrible and was much more realistic in 99.
3) Player skill moves are neglected. Still can't do the nutmeg on the keyboard. The straight arms and shielding is okay.
4) Difficulty: Much easier to pass defenders in world class mode. Way too hard to connect on crosses unless it is a set piece. Most of the time the ball drops real softly toward goal when you try to get a good header from a running cross.
5) Graphics: Behind the net cam is nice and so is the slow motion replay, but the facial features looked way too unlike the players in real life. More like cartoon interpretations.
6) The player attributes scale doesn't really distinguish them by much. The 1-7 scale is too narrow, and why does non-keepers have goalkeeper ratings?
7) Introducing set pieces were okay, but you can't pick who you want as the three choices they give you in team management. That gets frustrating when you have a weaker player who can't head the ball.
8) Tackling: The dive button they introduced can make it frustrating when it seems the defender flat out chopped your legs off and there is no card!
9) The only real plus about the game is the added choices for IGM. You can change formations for the front, midfield, and back line.
10) The music was alright too. Robbie Williams was a good pick.
I was really disappointed the first time I played this game, and thought 99 was much better. The only consolation is when I began to play with friends and that made it worth it.
Just remember to download patches. They have a lot of improvement to do.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed November 26, 1999
By A Customer
I was really anticipating the arrival of FIFA 2000. I thought it would improve on Fifa'99. Instead E.A sports went backwards. What's with the American commentators. They sound like their commentating a hockey game. Also, they added mediocre leagues such as Israel and Turkey and took out the Portugese league and other than Brazil, still have not added any of the South American leagues such as Argentina or Colombia. Futhermore, they don't allow you to play as more than 8 teams when creating a tournament. What's with that? Before you could choose to play as almost all the teams. This game really sucks compared to older FIFA games. (Bring back the British commentators, atleast it sounds like a soccer game).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars EA has messed up this franchise December 20, 1999
Can I ask 1 Question.. Why did EA mess up this series? I havn't played the whole series, I have 98, 99 and 2000 but gosh man, they really messed this one up. 1. Graphics - The graphics look very good. The player faces could have been better, but they are adequate. I like the crowd jumping up and clapping. From a distance, it does look realistic.
2. Sound - I wish i received the European version. I have the commentry off, all i have to is it really sucks! The crowd cheering is really cool, though it would have been nice to have crowd biasness in home games.
3. Gameplay - Purely disgusting. Where have most of the skill moves gone! Although the ball physics are much more realistic, it is much to easy for the computer to pick off your passess. And I hate the free kick arrow, its is horrible. It uses a power bar which really fails. Also, when taking corners from the opposite side of the field, you can't see the power bar so you have no idea how hard you kick.
One of my BIGGEST problems is the refree strictness. I put the refree strictness bar on full and the computer gets away with slide tackles from behind all the time, even when i am running with no one infront of me. This one really gets me mad!
In conclusion, I have given up on this game. I jump back to Fifa 99, its much much much better than this piece of junk.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Could use some improvements...
The only reason why I bought this game, is because I LOVE football. However, a few game-play flaws are evident. Read more
Published on January 26, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun, even if arcadish
Like NHL 2001, this was one of the first games I bought for my new computer. Once you get a hang of the controls, its wicked easy to play. Read more
Published on October 11, 2001 by "mcdoog_99"
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavily MLS focused ...
This is probably *the* football game you want to buy if you're into the MLS. If not, stick with an earlier version and hope that FIFA 2001 returns to form with a more global... Read more
Published on August 29, 2000 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Fun.
Once again EA Sports out did it-self with FIFA 2000. The moves of the players to the crowd cheering in the back got me quite excited while playing the game. Read more
Published on August 14, 2000 by M. Karakus
4.0 out of 5 stars Best soccer simulation... but, it could be better
I am not kiwi, but a friend of his... using his computer. EA sports is constantly improving the graphics and sound qualities of their games, but forget to preserve the great... Read more
Published on August 5, 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars FIFA 2000 is the worst soccer I've ever played
I am sort of a sport games collector. I have played FIFA 2000 for a couple months, and I am extremely dissatisfied with FIFA 2000. Read more
Published on July 5, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente juego...
Se ve y se siente increíblemente bien... Resulta fabuloso ver a los jugadores gesticular cuando gritan, etc. Read more
Published on June 18, 2000 by Fiallo
3.0 out of 5 stars Better then the Fifa200 - BUT!
Fifa series are going down (I mean the level) very fast this time! I had Fifa99 it was a good game for me, but I thought I need a new DATA for the new players to know... Read more
Published on June 14, 2000 by Egon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fifa 2000, a game, or real life?
EA sports has really done it this time, Fifa2k is definetly the bestsoccer simulation, if you are not happy with it, you will not be happy with any soccer simulation. Read more
Published on May 17, 2000 by Robert Marney
2.0 out of 5 stars Why do I feel like I've been ripped off
Another season, another dose of EA Sports games. Somehow I think the latest batch do not bring enough change to warrant buying them. Read more
Published on May 17, 2000 by mikeazzo22@hotmail.com
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