This is a history of my FIFAing through the years…
Which is the best gaming series in the world ? Mario ? Metal Gear Solid ? Grand Theft Auto ? Naah, For me it has to be FIFA, hands down.
I’ve played Fifa 96 on a video game console. Then got Fifa 97 from a friend as soon as I bought my first PC, my first ever pirated game. I still remember the Gold colour CD and looking at it the first time, the younger me couldn’t understand how a plain gold disk can hold a game while my other game Captain Claw had the fancy graphics :). Anyway who can forget the AMAZING graphics of FIFA 97 and it’s double player mode. One can play with both the keyboard and the mouse and it was awesome! Plus you even had indoor Football and that was totally kick ass with deflected passes and amazing shots.
Then came FIFA ’98, the Word Cup Edition and I will remember it for one reason only – Winning the World Cup with India who were strangely given Orange Jerseys. Lol. I guess the game makers didn’t know we play in Blue. And the Indian team was A. Singh, B.Singh… Z.Singh. LMAO. Funny Fellows. Amazing Game though.
FIFA 99. That was the game that got me into football fulltime. And it didn’t even take the full version to get me hooked. The DEMO version let you play one half of 4 mins I think and it was Absolutely Awesome. You had to choose between Man Utd and Juve and I guess I would have played it at least 5000 times. It was that good. And that’s how I learned all the names of the players and this game is the sole reason why I started supporting Manchester United, Life Altering Game. Probably my favorite of the entire series.
FIFA 2000 was a let down. It didn’t work with my Celeron Processor :(. I still remember the error that I used to get everytime I tried to install it but the same setup worked without flaw at the Games shop where I bought it. I even called the Computer Technician to fix the issue and the kind man, I remember, took me to the shop, convinced him that the game didn’t work in my system and exchanged it for Cricket ’98 ( Waste of Money and Time, It was Cricket ’97 with added videos and updated rosters, Cheating Bastards ). But not before I managed to install it at my friend’s place and also at my next door neighbour’s amazingly fast Pentium II :).
FIFA 2001 came with a computer update and the graphics were improved significantly, besides the gameplay was kinda totally different than usual and this version always feels a bit different to me when playing. Amazing Bicycle Kicks, Stunning Grass and In-Game Commentary. It was fantastic.
FIFA 2002 had it’s new key for player runs and weighted passes, great game. And 2003 followed with much improved graphics and the nice thru ball. Bu it also came along with the need to upgrade my Pentium III system. The game was slow, poor looking and framed a lot but still it was FIFA, so it was wonderful.
FIFA 2004 is the game that hooked me into the manager mode, season after season of amazing games. This is the game I’ve player the Most number of times. It just felt so complete at that time. A time of board exams and long holidays and it provided endless hours of fun, specially before the exams :). Surprisingly, it performed better in my system than 2003 despite the graphics improvements. Way to go EA :). Plus remember Z, Z, A? The new accurate way to cross to the remote striker and it was too accurate for my liking. But Ole Gunnar Solkjaer and Ruud were not complaining at that time collecting crosses from Giggs and burying them near the bottom corner :).
FIFA 2005 was my first game with my new PS2 ( Got tired of upgrading my computer purely for games ) and the First Touch feature was genius and the chip thru ball and the chip shot on the PS2 is pure elegance. No more stuttering Graphics. Amazing first touch control. Even though I had moved from the keyboard to the Joystick I still saw A S D and W E. Even now I don’t say X but say S for pass, and not O but D for shooting. Guess the foundations never change.
FIFA 06 was the first time we all started played tournaments together 🙂 and I was the champion 😀 simply due to my crossing ability. One on One with the keeper, well, no thanks I run down to the nearest flank and shove the ball in and bam, someone is there to head it into the net :). Amazing Game. Endless hours of multiplayer awesomeness.
FIFA 07 – The long shots, Finesse, Freekicks and more endless hours of multiplayer fun, especially the extra time where a game that finished 1- 1 during the 90 mins would be 4 – 4 at the end of the 120. Amazing talent we guys have :). Superb game. Also the game where we started using the Offensive And Defensive Tactics and I finally learnt what all the CA, BO etc actually did to your game.
FIFA 08 was really nice but it was hard to get hold of for me and it never really was my favorite. The crossing was pathetic and you could score goals only rarely with the crosses so I was like Drr and instead changed tactics to the chip thru ball which is amazing in this version. If you master the ground thru ball and one on one finishing, this game is yours but those are not my strengths, so this was not my year. 😦
FIFA 09 is already here and it is the BEST of the series. What’s with the 9s ? 99 was amazing. 09 is absolutely awesome. Legendary. It is the most complete football game till date and I think FIFA finaly may have surpasses PES in every aspect. It has everything, the Gameplay, the Graphics , the Ball Physics, the Audio, every single aspect of modern football. Great work and I know FIFA 2010 will be much much better.
So here’s to FIFA – which of all the things led to my first 1000 words+ post, FIFA – for all the sleepless night stays, the thrilling tournaments, the bitter disappointments, the fist pumpings, the comebacks, the nil nil draws,the slow hamachi games and all the potru moments.
It is not just a game, it has changed the lives of millions of football fans all over the world and I guess maybe, just maybe I would purchase a legal version of FIFA if I ever earn because the EA people deserve a little bit of money for years of fun :).
Go FIFA. Go EA Canada.
Eat . Sleep . Football.
Free. Off to FIFA 09. Into the 2nd seasons with Messi and Ronaldo in the same team. It’s gonna be Legen- Wait For It -dary! Legendary!!!