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  • Summary: FIFA Soccer 2005 gives you more control than ever with improved button and control sensitivity and an intuitive Off the Ball Control. Now you can take command of players not in possession of the ball by calling in tackles, jostling for space, and sending your teammates on runs as you control the pitch. With more than 350 official team and league licenses from around the world, an enhanced Career mode, and an improved broadcast, FIFA Soccer 2005 gives you a complete and authentic soccer experience. Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. 93
    The best soccer game on the market as of now. It has everything a soccer gamer could want, and more.
  2. While the game may still have some areas to iron out in terms of a few gameplay quirks and missing features, it still is one of the only choices on the market, but thankfully, it's a strikingly good one.
  3. What's nice about FIFA is that it does a very nice mix of simulation and arcade gameplay that works wonderfully with the game.
  4. The same easy scoring from 'sweet spots' plague the game and for some reason it's nigh on impossible to score from five yards out, one-on-one with the keeper. And because of the reliance on motion captured animation and pre-set special moves, you still never feel in complete control of the player. This aside, the improvements outweigh the old problems.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. If you are looking for a "pick up and play game", this might be your thing, but the hardcore soccer gamer will be under whelmed and jumping back to "Winning Eleven" in no time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. G.S.
    Oct 25, 2004
    10
    Perfect gameplay ....one touch is fantastic and scoring is more spectacular than ever . Career mode is very good !!
  2. OmarR.
    Jan 24, 2005
    10
    Fantastic.
  3. JorjA.
    Apr 29, 2005
    10
    We love all who rate this game a 10... Awesome Game.
  4. DemetriV.
    Oct 13, 2004
    9
    I hated 2004, but I love FIFA2005. In 2004 the animations were very few and felt canned. 2005 has incredible animation and great new First Touch and Right stick controls. My main complaint is lack of team dynamics. Expand
  5. BlueFalcon
    Oct 24, 2004
    8
    The sim and gameplay aspects this year are better than ever. Granted that's the most important thing, but I was expecting a few extra modes, or worthwhile bonuses. It seems to be very barebones. And as usual for this series, they avoid giving you the option of playing a world cup tournament - perhaps so they can sell the world cup version as a different game down the road and milk it. The game doesn't include a custom soundtrack. Personally, I find it's default soundtrack to be horrific. It's a cool idea how they included music from all over the world. Not cool how they decided on crap music from all over the world. Even with all these complaints, I have to admit, this year is a good one for fifa. Collapse
  6. PieterJ.
    Oct 13, 2004
    8
    The graphics of the game are more or less similar to Fifa 2004 but the gameplay is much improved. The career mode is also much better then the last editions of Fifa! I'd say a must have game!!! Expand
  7. SlummyDogg
    Dec 2, 2004
    6
    The touch and passing are high quality and an improvement of all prior versions, but I find the defensive AI improbable (slow defenders will catch you on the wing), the franchise mode incredibly frustrating to navigate through (a huge step back from 2004), and the game to play very, very slow. Expand

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