UEFA Euro 2004: Portugal Xbox


Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. 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.
  2. Excellent AI and great control mechanics make UEFA Euro 2004 the game every soccer fan hoped it would be. It's exciting and very entertaining for long play periods.
  3. 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]
  4. A reasonably clinical package with a decent though not spectacular footy game somewhere under the glitz and licensing efforts, but you'd still be better off scouting around on the transfer lists for a better value signing. Not everyone's as much of donkey as Heskey.
  5. 70
    The graphics aren’t much different from those in FIFA with players still having that stiff, android feel.
  6. games(TM)
    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]
  7. Official Xbox Magazine
    An amazing-looking sports sim backed by great commentary, improved animations, and better tactical awareness of the AI-players. If you missed "FIFA 2004," this will tide you over admirably until, well, next year! [Aug 2004, p.82]
  8. The bottom line is, Euro 2004 is good, better than anyone expected and an improvement over "FIFA 2004." Things would have been even better with Live support.
  9. Fanatical soccer fans who really missed the European tourney mode in "FIFA 2004" may want to pick this game up..."FIFA 2005" is slated to support Live, which makes the purchase a UEFA Euro 2004 that much harder to justify.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. There is not enough new content to really justify the price tag, it’s more of an add-on pack than a new game in its own right, but then again most of EA games are.
  13. The Off the Ball feature is absolutely incredibly hard to come to terms with and emphasises how EA are still struggling to come up with gameplay features to match its main competitor "Pro Evolution Soccer."
  14. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Of the new moves, through-balls and crosses are much better than those in "FIFA 2004." [Aug 2004, p.86]
  15. 74
    The game play could be overhauled further as it's slow, controls could be more responsive, ball physics still can do with some working.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. The replay factor is really, really limited. You can play for the Cup then, basically, play for the cup again. The lack of online play doesn’t help either.
  19. EA have successfully created a big match atmosphere with the game.
  20. 82
    Those of the football mad persuasion will certainly relish the tangible sense of occasion, excitement and authenticity ingrained throughout EA Sport's latest.
  21. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#88 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. SonnyC.
    May 19, 2004
    I rented this game, and although it is good, it just isnt that much better than fifa 2004.
  2. JC
    May 17, 2004
    I've been an avid EA FIFA fan since around 2k and Euro 2004 is a welcome but limited addition to the franchise. Euro is basically a I've been an avid EA FIFA fan since around 2k and Euro 2004 is a welcome but limited addition to the franchise. Euro is basically a souped up 2nd addtion of what FIFA 2004 should have been...game play is solid, scoring is much harder this time around (better AI), new through ball is welcome, but once again 1v1 moves are still hard to pull off...overall, the game is an upgrade from FIFA 2004 so if you simply can't wait for 2005 purchase this game and join the rest of us fanatics waiting for the upcoming Euros... Full Review »
  3. PaulH.
    May 16, 2004
    Plays like the game should play. if you like the passing game, keeping it on the floor no problem. Even the old blackburn style of punting it Plays like the game should play. if you like the passing game, keeping it on the floor no problem. Even the old blackburn style of punting it up the field to the forwards works to a point. And if you have a star player give them the ball as much as you can as they make a huge difference with shooting, dribberling etr to the game, just like the real thing. Not quiet as could as pes3 but its getting closer. As far as no online play, tuff gets ye mates round have a few drinks is even better. Full Review »