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FIFA 98
FIFA Road to World Cup 98 EU SMD
Developer:

EA Canada Extended Play Productions Climax Studios (Saturn) XYZ Productions (Mega Drive, SNES) Tiertex Design Studios (Game Boy)

Publisher:

Electronic Arts THQ (Game Boy

Platform(s):

PC Game Boy Mega Drive/Genesis SNES Sega Saturn PlayStation Nintendo 64

Release date(s):

PC NA June 17, 1997 EU 1997 PlayStation NA December 1, 1997 EU November 1997 JP May 14, 1998 Nintendo 64 JP April 12, 1998 NA November 30, 1997 EU December 20, 1997 Game Boy NA December 1997 Mega Drive/Genesis EU 1997 SNES EU 1997 Sega Saturn NA December 31, 1997

FIFA 98Edit

FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 (commonly abbreviated to FIFA 98) is a football video game developed by EA Canada and published by Electronic Arts. It was the fifth game in the FIFA series and the second to be in 3D on the 32-bit machines. A number of different players were featured on the cover, including David Beckham in the UK, Roy Lassiter in the USA and Mexico, David Ginola on the French cover, Raúl on the Spanish cover, Paolo Maldini on the Italian and Andreas Möller on the German cover. FIFA 98 was the lastFIFA game released for the Mega Drive in Europe.[citation needed]


Game features[edit]Edit

The game includes an official soundtrack and had a refined graphics engine, team and player customisation options, 16 stadiums, improved artificial intelligence and the popular "Road to World Cup" mode, with all 172 FIFA-registered national teams. No subsequent edition of the FIFA series had attempted to replicate FIFA 98's inclusion of every FIFA national team, up until 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil which included all 203 FIFA nations that took part in qualifying. With the new graphical improvements, players were able to have individual faces.

FIFA 98 even features many accurate team rosters, including national reserves for national call-up when playing in the round-robinqualification modes. In addition, eleven leagues were featured, containing 189 clubs. The game also featured a popular five-a-sideindoor mode and was the first FIFA game to contain an in-game player/team editor.

For the first time in a FIFA game, the offside rule is properly implemented. In previous games, when a player was in an offside position doing anything except running, that player was penalised for offside even when the ball was passed backwards. The 32-bit version ofFIFA 98 corrects this so that the game would only award a free kick for offside if the ball was passed roughly to where the player in the offside position was.

Soundtrack[edit]Edit

The theme music for the game was Blur's "Song 2". Four songs from The Crystal Method were also included in the game – "More", "Now Is the Time", "Keep Hope Alive" and "Busy Child" – as well as a song by Electric Skychurch entitled Hugga BearDes Lynam was retained for the game introduction and John Motson and Andy Gray remained as match commentators.

Stadiums[edit]Edit

There were 16 stadiums in the game, representing 16 countries from all six FIFA confederations.

Reception[edit]Edit

The game was a bestseller in the UK for 2 months.[1] Play magazine in issue 29 awarded the PlayStation version of the game 88%.

References[edit]Edit

  1. Jump up^ Gallup UK Playstation sales chart, February 1998, published in Official UK PlayStation Magazine issue 29

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