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FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 (commonly abbreviated to FIFA 98) is a football video game developed by EA Canada and published by Electronic Arts. It was the fifth game in the FIFA series and the second to be in 3D on the 32-bit machines. A number of different players were featured on the cover, including David Beckham in the UK, Roy Lassiter in the USA and Mexico, David Ginola on the French cover, Raúl on the Spanish cover and Andreas Möller on the German cover. FIFA 98 was the last FIFA game released for the Mega Drive in Europe.

Game features

The game marked the start of an upward trend in the series that marked it out as potentially the best gaming simulator for the sport in the world. The game was revolutionized, boasted an official soundtrack, had a refined graphics engine, team and player customization options, 16 stadiums, better AI and the popular "Road to World Cup" mode, with all 173 FIFA-registered national teams. The most ambitious of the entire series, it even features many accurate team rosters with even national reserves for national call-up when playing in the round robin qualification modes. In addition, 11 leagues were featured along with 189 clubs. It was also the first FIFA game to contain an in-game player/team editor.

For the first time in a FIFA game, the offside rule was properly implemented. In previous games when a player on the team was in an offside position doing anything except running saw the player of the game penalized for offside even when the ball was passed backwards. The 32-bit version of the game corrected this so only if the ball was passed roughly to where the player in the offside position was, the game would award a free kick for offside. The game also featured a five-a-side indoor mode, which was very popular with fans.

With the new graphical improvements, players were able to have recognizable faces. However, the faces looked more like expressions, as the starting elevens of Bulgaria and Ukraine could consist of "sad"-looking players, while the starting eleven of Macedonia could have "tough"-looking players.

The game included most teams from the world confederations and is thought to be the most complete and well-balanced game in the series when it comes to international play, which neither the 2002, 2006 or 2010 series have matched.

Featured leagues



Play magazine in issue 29 awarded the PlayStation version of the game 88%.


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ContentTypeVideo Game +
DeveloperEA Canada +
DisplayNameFIFA: Road to World Cup 98 +
European Mega Drive Release1997 +
European Microsoft Windows Release1997 +
European Release1997 +
European SNES Release1997 +
FeaturesSingle-player + and Multi-player +
GameCatVideo Game +
Game Boy ReleaseDecember 1997 +
GenreAssociation Football +, Football + and Sports +
Japanese PlayStation Release14 May 1998 +
Japanese Release14 May 1998 +
MediaGame Boy Cartridge +, SNES Cartridge +, N64 Cartridge +, Mega Drive Cartridge +, CD-ROM + and PlayStation CD-ROM +
Mega Drive Release1997 +
Microsoft Windows Release1997 + and 17 June 1997 +
NameFifa: Road to World Cup 98 +
NamePageFIFA: Road to World Cup 98 +
NamesFifa: Road to World Cup 98 + and FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 +
Nintendo 64 Release20 December 1997 +
North American Game Boy ReleaseDecember 1997 +
North American Microsoft Windows Release17 June 1997 +
North American Nintendo 64 Release20 December 1997 +
North American PlayStation Release1 December 1997 + and November 1997 +
North American Release17 June 1997 +, 1 December 1997 +, 20 December 1997 +, November 1997 +, December 1997 + and 30 December 1997 +
North American SEGA Saturn Release30 December 1997 +
PageNameFIFA: Road to World Cup 98 +
PageTypeVideo Games + and Games +
PlatformSEGA Saturn +, Microsoft Windows +, Game Boy +, Super Nintendo Entertainment System +, Nintendo 64 +, PlayStation + and Mega Drive +
PlatformTypeConsole +, PC + and OS +
PlayStation Release1 December 1997 +, November 1997 + and 14 May 1998 +
PublisherElectronic Arts +
RatingBodiesESRB + and ELSPA +
RatingsESRB-KA + and ELSPA-3+ +
RegionEurope +, North America + and Japan +
SEGA Saturn Release30 December 1997 +
SNES Release1997 +
StatusReleased +
Year1997 + and 1998 +

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