FIFA Soccer 2004 GameCube


Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. 83
    The core gameplay is changing ever so slowly from super arcade play to a more comprehensive, more realistic style of soccer, and the series is better for it. But it's not quite there yet.
  2. Though some of the new features will inevitably take you a while to get used to--and there's still plenty of room for improvement--it manages to be both enjoyable and challenging.
  3. Game Informer
    The Off the Ball controls don't entirely solve the "magnet ball" feel of the franchise, but they go a long way to used space in your offensive attacks. [Nov 2003, p.157]
  4. 75
    The best FIFA game so far, but it's still a few problems away from being a soccer utopia. EA really needs to perfect FIFA's control as much as it needed to make a better career mode. The old developmental mantra is gameplay first, options second.
  5. But however much positive energy we lavish on FIFA all the areas that EA beats Konami on - bar online - are simply gloss. In a straight tussle between the games, we just don't enjoy playing FIFA as much as we do PES3, and, for most of you, that's what matters.
  6. There’s plenty in FIFA 2004 to keep you happy until next season, when hopefully we’ll finally able to execute some plays of greater skill and complexity.
  7. 90
    a solid simulation of the sport that offers more teams and unique options not available in its main and only competitor on the PS2, "Winning Eleven." Some minor control issues remain and the depth is still not where it needs to be, but it delivers a highly worthwhile experience nonetheless.
  8. games(TM)
    Even with its overly ambitious new 'Off The Ball' interface the FIFA series is still a long way from capturing the true essence of the beautiful game. [Dec 2003, p.127]
  9. Play Magazine
    Not to be outdone by "Winning Eleven 6," EA Sports has pulled out all the stops and created a soccer game that is second to none... I dare you to find a soccer game where the ball moves so dynamically and realistically. [Nov 2003, p.108]
  10. FIFA's Off-the-Ball control not only increases your offensive potency tenfold but also provides hardcore soccer studs with an added level of gameplay they've been beggin' for from the series. Plus, no other game of footie has such stellar graphics or electrifying stadium atmosphere. [Dec 2003, p.204]
  11. Nintendo Power
    The game doesn't make any giant advances, but why mess with perfection? [Feb 2004, p.149]
  12. Easily the best football game on the GameCube, even with the shortcomings of the AI and controls. It takes some getting used to, but once mastered, there's a great game in here.
  13. Sports fans will enjoy the level of off the field depth and control scheme depth here.
  14. The computer AI is not quite as realistic as Konami's game this year, but is still very solid.
  15. Though it pains us to say this, the official license really does make a big difference. All those real stadia, shirts and club logos flying around the place give it the kind of special event feel that the competition simply can't match. Shallow? Not us.
  16. 83
    Other than the lackluster practice mode, everything in FIFA 2004 is spot-on.
  17. Overall the whole thing is immensely enjoyable with a soundtrack that will get you linking your GameCube up to your stereo straight away.

Awards & Rankings

#33 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Damon
    Oct 25, 2004
    This Game is pretty "Bomb". ONly thing wrong with it is the game speed, Other Than that this game owns! And This is to all of you who rated This Game is pretty "Bomb". ONly thing wrong with it is the game speed, Other Than that this game owns! And This is to all of you who rated it under "5" Dont know sh.t!!! Full Review »
  2. PhulpB.
    Apr 18, 2004
    This games cool but we need a game boy advance that wats bad.
  3. JohnL.
    Jan 29, 2004
    This game is great! Its the best soccer game i have ever played.