Although a huge fan of
soccer games, I was a little dubious about the N-Gage version of Fifa 2004 and
wondered just how on earth this title would play. However, those thoughts were
soon vanquished when I booted up my N-Gage and started playing Fifa 2004 that
is not only just great fun but is also a very attractive looking title. Fifa
2004 also supports over 60,000 real-world players from 300 official teams that
is guaranteed to please even the most staunchest of soccer fans.
Once the Fifa 2004 MMC
card was installed into my N-Gage, I proceeded to play one of the most
down-to-earth and entertaining soccer games to have ever graced a mobile
gaming console. The also game supports a variety of different gaming options
but my preferred gameplay mode was the friendly mode (exhibition) that is
basically a one-on-one game without the complexities of a full season. You can
even change your team statistics before you engage in a match that allows you
to change your positions and even defence and attack preferences.
The first thing you will
notice with Fifa 2004 on the N-Gage is the strong gaming-engine that also
lends well to the N-Gage layout. Your players also have a variety of soccer
manoeuvres that include run (4), shoot and tackle (5), pass (7) and hard
tackle/lob pass (8). So as you can see, all the rudimental controls are there
to play a decent game of soccer. Fifa 2004 also supports a great multiplayer
mode via the innate Bluetooth abilities of the N-Gage that lets you play
head-to-head with another player. The multiplayer mode reminded me of old
favourites such as Kick Off (Amiga) and the original Fifa series on the PC
that was fun, exciting and some of the best multiplayer fun on the N-Gage I've
had in a long time. As mentioned before, the gameplay modes of Fifa 2004
include International Cup, America's Club Championship and even Club specific
Graphically, Fifa 2004
looks like an old Amiga game on the N-Gage that not only looks impressive but
also plays well. Although the players appear to be bitmap characters, they
perform a variety of manoeuvres and actually look like little soccer players,
even on the small N-Gage screen. The majority of the graphics are the "green"
soccer field and the only downside to the graphics are the lacklustre stadiums
that look a little too blocky and rough.
Fifa 2004 also supports
a true soundtrack that can be turned on or off for those times of silence or
loudness. The game also contains a variety of soccer noises such as kicks,
players getting tackled, the whistles of the referees and even crowd sounds.
Although nothing special, it does show what the N-Gage is capable of and give
the system another year or so and I'm sure everyone will be thoroughly
impressed by the N-Gage, both sound wise and graphically.
In conclusion, Fifa 2004
is a very addictive soccer game on the N-Gage that allows you to virtually
play soccer anywhere you like. With decent graphics and some nice sound
effects, Fifa 2004 is guaranteed to please just about all soccer fans. Check
- Andrew B
The Final Say!
- reviewed by Andrew B
Review Date: February 2003
Distributed By: Nokia
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