Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. It looks spectacular, it plays well after practice and has options galore, but FIFA 2004 simply isn't a patch on The Other Football Game in terms of recreating the passion, anxiety and pleasures of football.
  4. The sensation of FIFA "playing itself" is pretty much gone, and it's clear that the A.I. has been seriously overhauled... If you want to fully immerse yourself in soccer culture, FIFA is pretty incredible. [Dec 2003, p.156]
  5. With the addition of PS2 online play and another tightening of the gameplay across the board, who's going to really be a challenge this year?
  6. If your a hardcore Konami fan you just might like what's here, especially the cool online play.
  7. Something old, something borrowed (liberally, "Pro Evo" fans will scream), and, quite a lot new is the verdict on FIFA 2004.
  8. The game isn't the "NBA Jam" of soccer, but the propensity for high-scoring games gives it a different feel from "Winning Eleven."
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 41
  2. Negative: 12 out of 41
  1. HenrikS.
    Mar 3, 2006
    A good but not great game.
  2. SunnyS.
    Aug 21, 2004
    Pedestrian paced "football" and arcade style action. Simple boring game with little ingenuity, if those little badges on the shirts, tacky music or very obscure foreign teams turn you on then this game will appeal to you. However if you enjoy fast paced, fluid, realistic football action with the addition of very DETAILED (fifa lacks tremoundously in this catergory) and accurate stats of players then Pro Evolution Soccer is the game for you. P.S Though EA have screwed up yet again at least they did better than This Is Football (if you've played the game, you'll see the irony in the title). Full Review »
  3. JohnyJ.
    Jul 18, 2004
    I hate this game for the simple fact there's no international tournament...Had I known this, I would not have bought it, such a great game lacks such an important feature...I feel cheated. Full Review »