Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. AceGamez
    FIFA Football 2005 has more than proved its worth with some lovely new control features that add a lot more subtlety and variety to the gameplay, an extensive and highly involved career mode and those gorgeous graphics.
  2. Dribbling, passing and headers are handled beautifully enough and the First Touch Control is a welcome addition that we’d like to see again next year. As for the game’s Career Mode, not only is it comprehensive but it’s also downright addictive.
  3. All the versions of this game are great, and now the GameCube version is not the ugly duckling like in other years. Now GC owners have a great soccer game to add to their library, and overall one of the most fun and popular sports games around.
  4. The game’s presentation is superb, the gameplay is good and fast-paced, and the game offers much replayability.
  5. And it's not so much the backgrounds or stadiums, which don't get me wrong look great, but the animation of the players. EA Sports has always managed to get the players running, tackling, goalkeeping, and kicking right on the money. Even better than last year's game.
  6. Some would argue that "Winning Eleven" on the PS2 would make a better game, but FIFA just has the unique style, flair and production value that Konami can’t seem to pick up on.
  7. 86
    The Franchise mode is extremely satisfying because the long term and short term consequences of your decisions are always going to be on your mind and that only ads to the pressure of winning. FIFA05 is the best version of the series so far.
  8. There's no doubt that this is EA Sports' best soccer game to date on the pitch, but it's really unfortunate that the career mode isn't more user-friendly.
  9. Nintendo Power
    You can also start to simulate a match, then jump into the action for direct control midway through. [Dec 2004, p.144]
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The gaping chasm between FIFA and "Winning Eleven" may now be a photo finish. [Dec 2004, p.156]
  11. A game of football that is fast and fluid; now that the game uses its own engine and not a modification of the NHL one, it’s fair to say that issues such as stifled player controls and jerky animation transitions are well and truly a thing of the past.
  12. Game Informer
    As good, if not slightly better than all the other FIFAs before it. And as long as this is all anyone asks for, it looks like FIFA will crawl along from year to year knowing that it never has to fully pull it all together. [Nov 2004, p.149]
  13. The new first-touch control, the games biggest innovation for 2005 and the catalyst for this change in attacking emphasis, is brilliant. It’s logical, easy to use, works as it should, looks realistic and can blow a game wide open.
  14. If you care more about responsive control and a better overall gameplay experience, look next to FIFA on the retail shelf and find your allegiance with "Winning Eleven." It's still the king of the pitch.
  15. There are very few gripes here and there; camera issues and confusing career for newbies, but this is undoubtedly the best FIFA game in many years and seems ready for taking on "Winning 11" this season.

Awards & Rankings

#47 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. EmilioO.
    Dec 27, 2004
    It has good graphics, it's realistic. You can create your player play with any country or club in whatever tournement! It's the It has good graphics, it's realistic. You can create your player play with any country or club in whatever tournement! It's the best sport game ever! Full Review »
  2. AlansitoOp.
    Oct 19, 2004
    Great game. grafics are not that good but it even has 2 argentinian teams! (River and Boca).
  3. XYRY
    Oct 15, 2004
    The visuals are ugly ! But the gameplay is improved so i give it an 5.