UEFA Euro 2004

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Chris Saunders, Common Sense Media
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Get a kick out of world-class soccer.

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Players and teams are decked out in official team uniforms and stadiums are filled with many of the same sponsors that you might see in a real European soccer stadium.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is easy to pick up and may turn your young sports fan into a soccer fanatic. It can be enjoyed by the youngest of players. Basic maneuvering skills are easy to pick up, and like the real game, your kid will learn to develop quick responses.

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What's it about?

If you're tired of purchasing sports games for your kids that focus more on trash-talking than the actual game, you'll be relieved to know that there's at least one title that's all about the game. EA Sports has created another masterpiece with the release of UEFA EURO 2004. The soccer game will give your kids an up-close and personal look at the intense world of European soccer.

Kids can play as any of the 51 European nations. They can arrange and play friendly matches against other nations or play through the tournament going from qualifying to playoffs and into the finals.

Is it any good?

As with many other sports titles, this soccer game has its share of commercialism. If your kid spends any amount of time playing video games, they may not even notice that players are wearing authentic uniforms and stadiums have large billboards that display names of title sponsors. It's a scene that you would expect to find if you actually visited a European stadium for a game.

Other than a bit of commercialism, the game is appropriate for players over 6. The game is one of few that you can pick up and play without having any prior experience playing video games (or soccer, for that matter). The variety of options makes this game worth the price.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the international aspect of soccer. Why do you think pro soccer is more popular in other countries than it is in the United States? How does the media portray soccer in this country? Do you have a favorite team?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
  • Price: $40-45
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: EA Sports
  • Release date: May 26, 2004
  • Genre: Sports
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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