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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 90
    Everything from the official team rosters to the detailed fields and even to the smoke bombs set off in the grandstands at Wembley Stadium keep your head in the game.
  2. EA has tweaked the right analog stick moves, so now more than 10 skill moves exist, including stepovers and drag backs. [July 2004, p.97]
  3. UEFA Euro 2004 is more arcade than sim, but it is still a fairly realistic soccer game...There isn’t much new in UEFA that you wouldn’t find in "FIFA."
  4. UEFA Euro 2004 is a solid game of soccer with plenty of goodies, more than decent visuals and downright addictive game modes that will keep fans of European football more than satisfied.
  5. 85
    Overall, the controls prove powerful and intuitive, granting this game its ultimate top-notch status.
  6. UEFA Euro 2004 might have only a fraction of the teams and features found in this year's FIFA offering, but the gameplay and options it offers are actually sufficiently different from those found in FIFA 2004 to make it a worthwhile purchase.
  7. 82
    Those of the football mad persuasion will certainly relish the tangible sense of occasion, excitement and authenticity ingrained throughout EA Sport's latest.
  8. A well constructed, well presented compliment to "FIFA." [July 2004, p.30]
  9. 80
    None of the changes are ground-breaking, but they do serve to make an already decent engine better.
  10. The game's only original feature, a morale meter that affects gameplay based on a player's on-the-field performance, comes across as a tacked-on gimmick.
  11. This one’s for the hardcore only. Those who already own FIFA 2004 and are happy with it, or are only casual soccer fans, shouldn’t waste their time because you’ll notice little different between the two titles.
  12. During matches, a new passing feature allows for better control of long passes, using a combination of buttons to produce greater ball control in mid-air. In the right hands, the new move can be lethal.
  13. But playing Euro 2004 is a strangely seductive experience, even for hardcore PES fans like us. It's all so official, so slick, so sparkly, and so stylishly smooth while still playing some decent footie that we'll even forgive it for not being PES. Vive 2004!
  14. Mediocre at best. The game just has way too much lag and load time to be truly enjoyable.
  15. Despite some slightly better AI, a new defensive swarm button, and setting up a qualifying schedule (then monitoring your roster to see who's morale is low), there isn't much here. [July 2004, p.112]
  16. 70
    The graphics aren’t much different from those in FIFA with players still having that stiff, android feel.
  17. 67
    The game play could be overhauled further as it's slow, controls could be more responsive, ball physics still can do with some working.
  18. The gameplay mechanics are good but it doesn't surpass FIFA, nor does it have half of FIFA's features.
  19. Euro 2004 is equal at best to the standard set by big brother "FIFA 2004," but does not surpass it, thus offering no lure to gamers who already own that title. Also, the gameplay is plagued by the very bugs that kept FIFA beneath "Pro Evolution’s" shadow at Christmas.
  20. It's a wannabe of epic proportions, the outer layer of which peels away almost instantly to reveal a substandard set of digital internal organs.
  21. The 'new' simplicity makes for a fun and fast game that, courtesy of the excellent passing system and decent AI, finds a firm balance between real football and the arcade fun of a five-minute kick about. [June 2004, p.120]

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