FIFA: Road to World Cup 98

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Not to be confused with World Cup 98 (video game).
FIFA: Road to World Cup 98
FIFA 98 cover.jpg
British cover art featuring David Beckham
Developer(s) EA Canada
Extended Play Productions
Climax Studios (Saturn)
XYZ Productions (Mega Drive, SNES)
Tiertex Design Studios (Game Boy)
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
THQ (Game Boy)
Series FIFA
Platform(s) PC
Game Boy
Mega Drive/Genesis
SNES
Sega Saturn
PlayStation
Nintendo 64
Release date(s) PC
  • NA June 17, 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
SNES
Sega Saturn
  • NA December 31, 1997
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer, Multiplayer online
Distribution Cartridge, CD-ROM

FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 (commonly abbreviated to FIFA 98) is an association 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 last FIFA game released for the Mega Drive in Europe.[citation needed]

Game features[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-robin qualification modes. In addition, eleven leagues were featured, containing 189 clubs. The game also featured a popular five-a-side indoor 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 of FIFA 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]

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 Bear. Des Lynam was retained for the game introduction and John Motson and Andy Gray remained as match commentators.

Stadiums[edit]

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

Reception[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]

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

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