A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
International players of all colors and cultures participate. Unsportsmanlike play is punished.
Violence & Scariness
A rough tackle is the extent of the violence.
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Products & Purchases
Billboards, in an accurate depiction of reality, advertise in every arena.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that FIFA 2005 features an impressive 15-season career simulation that allows players to build the abilities and staff of a soccer club manager.
Is It Any Good?
EA has made several improvements, including simplifying the complicated menus that made navigating last year's entry so difficult. From the handful of choices available on the start-up screen, all of the game's plentiful play options are easy to identify and access. Additionally, EA includes the complete Mexican soccer league, a vital and popular organization that has been curiously omitted from the game in the past.
EA's obsession with stats is evident in FIFA 2005 as well: Each player is defined by an assortment of ability measures, match box scores break down the action after every game, and player performance are recorded in statistic tables. All told, FIFA 2005 delivers enough improvements to justify the expense of upgrading to the latest version. And if you're kicking off your video game soccer passion, there couldn't be a better place to jump in.
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