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  • Summary: A quality first touch is the key to success for the world?s greatest soccer players. The same is now true for gamers with FIFA Soccer 2005. A player?s first touch becomes the ultimate gift for those who can think quickly and act fast to outsmart the competition. An all-new animation system now makes every button-press react with authentic, responsive and realistic speed. FIFA Soccer 2005 is the only complete, authentic, and intelligent soccer experience. All-new fluid player kinetic system that recognizes and then directly translates the speed, vision and awareness of the world?s greatest players to button presses on your controller. The Absolute Broadcast: With new in-game camera angles, smooth and continuous cut sequences for replays, and improved contrast and lighting for players and stadiums. The World's Ultimate Roster: More than 350 official licenses, including 20 leagues, 40 national teams, and 12,000 players are available. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. For my money, I think I actually like this one better than "Winning Eleven 7." FIFA is packed with more features than you could possibly explore unless you play nothing but this for the next six months. [Nov 2004, p.138]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Controls are tighter and provide more control of where the ball and team players can be moved than ever before. Spotty visuals (PS2 version) and a complicated Career mode, however, make FIFA Soccer 2005 a good secondary choice after "Winning Eleven 7."
  5. The best FIFA yet shows genius, but lacks the cohesion that separates a great team from a team of great players - and inescapably, it pales next to "PES4." [PSM2]
  6. The graphics and sound are phenomenal as always, but the gameplay is still lacking that killer touch. The gimmicky selling point actually works for once this time, the pace and flow of the game is much faster and there are a number of other funky additions that go a long way on improving the general gameplay.
  7. Players now react quicker and more like their real-life counterparts when handling the first touch of the ball. And first touches are generally smoother now, with players being able to flick on, trap or kick straight away on receipt. In practice, however, it’s not such a massive advancement and the player movement and control is still fairly sluggish. [Nov 2004, p.121]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. JonS.
    Feb 14, 2005
    10
    This is the best fifa game ever and the best soccer game overall. A true classic. It takes time to master and true soccer players and fans will appreciate its detailed and suttle gameplay. great game. Expand
  2. NenoG.
    Apr 7, 2005
    10
    Finally they put the mexican league in the game, they should also put the argentinian league, along with brazilian league these are the best leagues in the american continent, i don't know why they put the korean league instead of the argetinian. Expand
  3. Sep 22, 2010
    10
    Honestly to this very day this was my favorite FIFA game. I like how it combined realism with some unrealism and this made the game the game so much fun to play.
    My only complaint is the career mode. While I like having to work your way up to the better teams I do not like how the players skills do not change much over their career and I do not like how the retiree then comes back as your new player the next season. Also other teams rarely add additional players to their team, so if you want to buy a player from a team chances are that they will be at the bare minimum amount and cannot sell anymore players.
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  4. MilanM.
    Mar 17, 2005
    9
    Very good for those who dont know! beats pro evo!!!
  5. ScottG.
    Jun 21, 2005
    8
    Good improvement from past FIFA's. Needs more control in set plays. Nike license is a must and stadiums....stadiums...stadiums! White Hart Lane-Spurs, etc. The new A-League from Australia would be awesome as well as a better transfer market. Expand
  6. BabyCasey
    Oct 19, 2004
    8
    A much better game compared to fifa 2004 with better controls. Quite a few good surprises during the game!
  7. JoeB.
    Oct 25, 2004
    3
    FIFA has a very long way to go.

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