So i was browsing for the songs from FIFA 2005 (which may have the best soundtracks in a game ever) and i realised that after being tired of the stupid FIFA 13, what i need is actually another round of FIFA 2005. Oh my God ... this game will never get old. I remember getting it in 2004 and playing it all day long. In my opinion is still the best FIFA game ever and can be played no matter the times we are living.
Over the years i played every FIFA, from 05 until 13 but every year i came back to 05. It just has something about it ... no stupid engines (player impact, first touch control) that can ruin the game ... it's just football! Great soundtracks and it was the first FIFA in which the players actually started to look like the ones in real life.
I am now writing this article on full throttle because of one soundtrack that was present in FIFA 2005. For those of you who still remember here is the name of it: Oomph! - Augen Auf. While looking for opinions on FIFA 2005 and if someone still plays it, i was surprised to find out that this is actually one of the most loved FIFA games and people are remembering the game with pleasure.
Here is a screenshot from the game which we reviewed back in '09:
Just by looking at this picture i got great memories coming to my mind. In this FIFA there were no idiotic 30m goals and i don't remember scoring goals because of the bugs. Actually i don't remember getting any errors at all. This is perfection!
The game was running smoothly and you could pass well to your team mates without any stupid first touch control coming in. My first team that i used in my career was Hellas Verona and since then i always used them no matter what version of FIFA i was playing. Dario Biasi, the left breaker was pushed all the way up into the other side of the field ... i made him an attacker because of this 99 speed skill. Not matter what team i was playing against, he always got passed them but 90% of the times he would miss because of his poor shooting skills. I took Hellas Verona from Serie B and made them win the Serie B, promote to Serie A, win the championship in Serie A (beating teams like AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milano), winning the Italian Cup and also winning the Champions League. I remember once i had two games on December 31st but hey they were professional players so all they had to do was to concentrate and win the games.
The games against AC Milan on World Class were the hardest ones. In about two years i was always meeting them in the Italian Cup and even in the Champions League. I was barely having more victories against them than they had against me. At one decisive game i was 2-2 in the 88th minute. I wasn't scoring too much from crosses but this time i gave it a shot. I runned on the right side, took the cross and one of my attackers (if i well remember), Antimo Iunco or Dario Biasi scored with a header. 3-2 for me in the 89th minute for me. I though it was all over but the opponent was moving like crazy on World Class so they started one last attack in the 90th minute. It was something like mine just one minute ago, a cross and Shevchenko ... took a scissors but missed it with only a few cm on the right post. I watched the replay over and over again and i still didn't believe that he missed and i was winning. I kicked the ball with my goalkeeper and it was all over, 3-2 for me ... 7 years from that game already.
I'm preparing for some FIFA 2005 with it's soundtracks which actually brings me in my head a lot of moves and tricks.
Ronaldinho was 24 years old and was one of the best players, if not the best in FIFA 2005. Thierry Henry also was at it's peak. Cristiano Ronaldo can be seen in the picture ... he was only 19 years old!
8 years since this game has been released and almost 8 years since i got it and i want to play it again. Anybody up for a match?
Do you still play FIFA 2005?
Let me start by saying this: FIFA 13 is a disaster!
I don't know what is up with all those reviews on other famous websites where FIFA always get high ratings but i tend to think that they are getting payed for them. This is not a paid review so I'm going to tell that FIFA 13 is the worst game I played in 2012.
In FIFA 12 there were a lot of bugs that made the game impossible to play. I hoped they will fix them but they didn't. In fact they added even more 'technologies' and they messed up the game even more. First touch control? You got to be kidding me!
I understand what EA tried to do here. They tried to make the game look like in real life. With the ball bouncing all over the field but instead they made a game where it is impossible to make two passes in a row because you simply cannot put a perfect stop. More than that i don't think i was able to give a perfect pass. The game is full of retarded moments where players aren't able to stop the ball (idiotic First Touch Control) in 90% of the cases. If we take a look at real life games in 90% of the cases players are able to stop the ball properly. Also there are the throw ins. The side lines of the field are acting like a magnet so it is impossible to keep the ball in the game if you are anywhere near the lines. In fact everytime you are trying to kick the ball away from your own goal it always goes off the field, no matter the direction you set.
Not that we are talking about directions, i remembered something else. The game seems not to listen your commands, ever. The PC seems to control all your moves and they are 3 seconds behind. I'm only playing the game online and in Ultimate Team Mode and i have to think a few seconds further because if I press the shoot button then the player will make a few more additional steps and only after that will shoot. In those 3 seconds i will already have the ball removed by my opponent.
Like I said, I usually play FIFA 13 Online which makes me think of another issue (yes, another!): servers quality. There isn't a game where you won't have lag. EA takes hundreds of millions of dolars profit off this game and they can't buy some good servers. The last game that i've played in Ultimate Team i was leading 2-0 and FIFA took care of that. They suddently removed the player name bar (which also contains the power bar which is critical for winning a game) and in the end i lost the game with 3-2.
Actually this game is so full of bugs that i will have to talk about them again in every section of this review. The players are bumping into each others like they are retarded and it is really annoing when they are doing that when you have to make a save from a goal. For example the opponent is left only with your goalkeeper and your central breaker is only a few meters behind. You start running towards him but guess what? You accidentaly hit referee's back. Now this is where the idiotic Player Impact Engine comes in that haven't been fixed since FIFA 12 and your players fall down. Of course your opponent is scoring against you. I get like 90% of the goals against me because of such bugs.
The game is made by EA Canada and it looks like it has been made by some hockey fans out there. They really don't have a clue what football means. They probably watched a few real life games or two and decided: "Oh, we're ready! This game is so eazy! Let's start developing the game!" with no clue about rules whatsoever. The referee gives yellow cards for fouls commited minutes ago, and the offside thing is a disaster as well.
I once was awarded with a free kick for a foul against me but guess what? It was still me who got a yellow card! Can you believe that? The developers of this game really need to get their facts right. Also there are alot of fouls which aren't really but they become one because of the Player Impact Engine 'technology'. The players are bumping into each other like they are kicking each other's heads and the first who falls down will be awarded with a free kick.
Offsides. Somebody please explain these guys that it is not automatically an offside if a player of yours is behind the last defender of your opponent and other player of your is kicking the ball? I have a free kick in my own 20 meters, i kick the ball and they automatically get an offside because a striker of mine was behind his breakers. Well guess what developers? It ain't offside until that specific player touches the ball or influences that play in any way. It seems like i am the only one observing these frustating bugs that ruin your gameplay experience.
You may have noticed that most of the games that are set in an older period are having more success than a game that is set nowadays for example or even than the one that are set in the future.
I am a fan of these games mainly because usually developers have a strong ability to create the game and the story with a perfect time setting. Rockstar is a more recent example with their L.A. Noire story. L.A. Noire is set in the 1940's Los Angeles and they had a specific department where their main mission was to gather as much information as they can about the 1940's Los Angeles (buildings, cars, people, design, fashion, everything). They finished by doing a great job and i may put L.A. Noire on my favourite games list. But as i said i am a fan of this kind of games. Some of you may like the games that are set somewhere in future (which are mainly sci-fi). These kind of games are also good to learn more history. L.A. Noire had a nice feature ... everytime you went beside a famous building in Los Angeles, a message would pop out in which you were finding out more about that building. Also i find it extremely interesting to see how people were living in those times, the clothes they were wearing, the cars they were driving and to make a comparison to nowadays and see how much the world evolved.
Now before i start this review i must say that Max Payne 3 had one of the most impressive and entertaining stories by far from all the games that i have been playing lately.
Good. Now let's begin. This review may also contain spoilers.
The game begins with a small clip from the last mission. Max Payne is on an airport and is ready to eliminate the last two enemies but then he starts to tell us his story since he left New York. The game has XIV chapters and even if i played it on medium i must say it is the hardest game i have ever played. I had to shot at least three bullets in their heads to eliminate them. Besides that the game becomes similar to Alan Wake after one point since all you do is to shoot, shoot and shoot. You get stuck in one place (room, parking lot) and there you get a series of 10 soldiers to fight with. After you're done with them, there comes another series of 10 soldiers and then another one. Only after that you can proceed to the next room or location. More than that if they get you, you will be respawned several locations behind. So you must play very careful (i can't imagine how hard it is to play it on hard).
In the most part of the game we see Max Payne as a bodyguard for a famous rich family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. There are a couple of missions in New York where Max tells us his story back in America and how he got chased down from USA all the way down to Brazil.
The whole game is full of kindappings, ransoms, police and mafia.
In the first few chapters the big sister from the family is getting kidnapped. Max is trying to chase the kidnappers down until the last few missions. In the meanwhile in the rich brazilian familly there are happening a lot more things. The family that Max is guarding is represented by three brothers and two sisters.
After the big sister is kidnapped the big (and the richest) brother is being attacked in his office by the police who is trying to kill him (yes i will get back to this).
I have been playing FIFA games since i've got my first computer. I have been playing FIFA 2002 and since then i've tried almost all of the FIFA games. FIFA 2005 was my favourite one and since that game the franchise got a lot worse. Because of the PC piracy EA started not to care that much about the PC versions (which i play) and made legendary games for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. But still no improvements for PC. FIFA 06, 07 and 08 all looked the same. I started to get used to it and never thought they will bring that 'next gen' game from consoles to PC. But they did!
FIFA 12 was the first FIFA next gen for PC. Many players are saying that the PC version of FIFA 12 looks better on the computer. I made some big eyes when i heard that and after i checked out some videos of FIFA 12 on consoles it was confirmed! But after playing for a longer time FIFA 12 on PC it drove me crazy! It's not possible to put a game like that on the market. It's a disgrace for us, the fans of the series that are buying the game.
The Player Impact Engine makes the whole game look like a big fail. The players keep bumping into each other and the difficulty of the game is ireal. I've seen alot of positive reviews on the internet but in my opinion this deserves the credit only for the graphics. Yes they are the best from the entire series but FIFA 12 is i think the buggiest game i've ever played.
When i try to get the ball from a computer's striker, 2 defenders of mine bump into each other and the computer simply puts it into the net. And another thing that keeps happening. I shoot with full power being 6m away from the goal and the keeper keeps saving. It's like almost impossible to score when you are 1 vs 1. Once i was leading 2-0 and it was the 88th minute. The computer didn't have at least 1 shoot on goal. Suddenly he starts playing like crazy, dribbling all my players with just one player of his and (like 90% of his goals) puts a pass into the box from one of the sides and the striker simply puts it into the net. 2-1 in the 88th minute. The game starts again and he takes the ball away from me into one final attack. My goalkeeper (congratulations goalkeeper ... never thought you were capable of saving easy shoots) saves the shoot and i fully press the shoot button. But in the last moment a player of mine steps in front of the goalkeeper so he shoots the ball straight into that defender. The ball goes into the goal so the final score is 2-2. I mostly loose because of these glitches and the computer has only one way to score goals against you. Either he makes that 'dribble all the players and then take a cross into the box and then shoot' thing, either he is going to score against you from a penalty. The final match facts are always showing me: my team 20 shoots on goal and just one goal scored and computer's team 1 shoot one goal.
I developed a way to score goals just around the 16m area. The AI is almost inexistent so he can't figure it out that i'm scoring 90% of my goals in the same way.
I barely manage to finish around the third place at the end of the championship and that's at the 'pro' level. The whole game looks like a bunch of players that keep bumping into each other. I really hope that EA will fix this up. The game looks like an alpha version and the glitchy Player Impact Engine makes FIFA 12 impossible to play.