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  Wednesday, 30 October, 2002, 10:01 GMT
Let's play: Fifa 2003

As the gaming world gears up for the Christmas rush, football simulations are coming out thick and fast.

We've had This is Football 2003, the excellent Pro Evolution Soccer 2 and now the game that is sure to grab the most attention - Fifa 2003.

And there's plenty of improvements here to get all you Fifa fans jumping with excitement.

  Fifa 2003
Format: PlayStation 2
Price: 39.99
Publisher: EA Sports
Genre: Football
Also available: Xbox, PC, GameCube. PSone, PC CD-Rom

For starters there's a completely updated AI engine based on team play, tactics and real player attributes.

Pinball soccer has all but gone and the developers have re-worked the gameplay to include deflections, missed headers and scrambled goals.

An all-new free kick system provides more intuitive control, allowing you to set the swerve, power and angle of a free kick with ease.

And a new Club Championship mode gives gamers the chance to take part in a competition featuring 18 European teams.

But it's the realism of FIFA 2003, with its 16 leagues, 450 teams and 10,000 players that really impresses.

Fifa 2003
The realism is second to none

Take Manchester United, for instance. The players are incredibly life-like, the stadium shines with authenticity and you can even hear the fans chant "Glory, Glory Man United".

It's fair to say the graphics blow away the competition by a mile.

The character models are incredible - with detail that goes right down to facial hair and nose size.

The presentation of the game is also superb. Fantastic camera angles, great music and commentary and jaw-dropping visuals.

Gameplay has been improved with the removal of the irritating through-ball system and more focus on intelligent player runs and tackles.

But it's not that good.

The ball still manages to drift aimlessly and picking out long passes takes extreme skill.

  Verdict
Graphics: 94%
Playability: 83%
Sound: 78%
Realism: 92%
Overall: 86%

The control system just isn't up to scratch and this makes passing the ball a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack.

You can't help but admire the superb presentation, the much-improved gameplay and the fantastic realism.

But the free-flowing gameplay of Pro Evolution Soccer 2, combined with its near-perfect control system, means Fifa 2003 is relegated into second place.


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