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FIFA Football 2004 is the eleventh game in the FIFA series and the eighth to be in 3D. While not adding much to the engine used in FIFA Football 2003, the biggest inclusion were secondary divisions, which allowed the player to take lower ranked teams into the top leagues and European matches. Gameplay had a new feature dubbed Off the ball, which required the player to control two players at the same time to execute some plays. The online mode was boasted as the main feature. Another key feature was the Football Fusion, which allowed owners of both FIFA 2004 and TCM 2004 to actually play games from the management sim'. The title sequence was filmed in St James' Park, the home of Newcastle United, with the opening song being Kings Of Leon's European hit "Red Morning Light".
The cover featured Alessandro Del Piero in Juventus colours, Thierry Henry wearing his Arsenal kit and Ronaldinho dressed in Brazil's national team kit.
- Groundbreaking Gameplay: FIFA 2004 offers a fine-tuned game engine, and new animations dramatically enhance the smoothness in player movement through organic motion.
- Off the Ball Control: Take command of players not in possession of the ball. Call in tackles, jostle for space, lose your marker, and send players on runs at the touch of a button.
- Expanded Database and Controls: Enjoy richer depth to team AI, attributes, tactics, playing styles, and individual player personalities.
- Be the Ultimate Player Manager: Be your own player manager with FIFA's deep Career Mode. Build your franchise and guide your club to the Championship by making calculated front-office decisions.
- In-game Management: Prove your tactical genius on the fly, by making adjustments mid-game and calling plays in real time via D-pad.
- Immersive Environments: More than 300 new crowd chants at an ever-growing list of officially licensed stadiums help put you in the best seat in the house.
- Play With The Best: More than 500 official licenses, including 18 leagues, 500 teams and 10,000 players are available.
- No further forfeits: It is no longer possible to lose the match by accumulating too many red cards. After the fourth red card only yellows are shown.
- EA SPORTS Bio: Memory card based tracking/rating system recognizes and rewards gamers for playing multiple EA SPORTS titles.
International squads featured
The teams with names in italic appear in the game with their licensed kits.
The game covers some of the world major club football leagues including:
- Austrian T-Mobile
- Belgian Jupiler League
- SAS Danish Superligaen
- FA Premier League
- English Division 1
- English Division 2
- English Division 3
- German Bundesliga
- German Bundesliga 2
- Serie A
- Serie B
- French Ligue 1
- French Ligue 2
- Major League Soccer
- Norwegian Tippeligaen
- Portuguese Superliga
- Scottish Premier League
- Spanish Primera
- Spanish Segunda
- Swedish Allsvenskan
- Swiss Axpo
Rest of World
FIFA Football 2004 features a wide variety of world music on its sound track, using the EA Sports Trax feature. The songs included are as follows:
Reviews of the game were mostly positive. Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine awarded the game 5 out of 5 whilst Official UK PlayStation Magazine scored the game 8 out of 10. As for the Xbox version it was given a 8.4 out of 10 and a 7.8 out of 10 for the PC version on GameSpot. On GameSpot, it was said that "you'd be crazy not to give it a try" if you're interested in sports. But there were some criticisms for example the commentary being repetitive and too easy to score if you put power on the ball and the players faces and resemblance was not realistic, but overall it was seen as a great game and was played by many in the gamers world for a few years after its release. Since then newer FIFA versions are played.
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