Computer Games: Sport
Software house: Electronic Arts

* Alternative titles: FIFA 2000 – Major League Soccer (US), FIFA 2000 – Europe League Soccer (Japan).
* Covers: Sol Campbell of England (UK cover). Eddie Pope of DC United (US cover). Emmanuel Petit of Arsenal (FR cover). Mehmet Scholl of Germany (GER cover).
* Title song: “It’s Only Us” by Robbie Williams
* Released for: Windows, PlayStation, Game Boy Color

Gameplay is fast, simple, and has a clear arcade feeling which failed to keep hardcore fans happy, especially with rival games such as International Superstar Soccer gaining in reputation. The leagues also feature many unlicensed teams, which substitute their real names for those of their home cities. For the first time, U.S. Major League Soccer clubs are included. As for the gameplay, a new set piece system was introduced, whereby pressing a certain key results in a cross to a particular teammate. This system was used until the 2002 edition. It also features a passing indicator, the colour of which varies depending on the direction of the pass and potential obstacles – red means a certain wrong pass, yellow means there is a 50/50 chance of success, and green indicates that possession will probably not be lost in the course of the pass. The game also features a special team block with classic squads, club teams and national teams, ranging from world famous lineups (such as Real Madrid from the 1950s and the Brazil team from 1970) to less well-known teams (such as IFK Gothenburg from the 1980s or Rosenborg BK and Busan Daewoo Royals from the 1990s).

Robbie Williams provided an original theme song with It’s Only Us. This song was also featured on the first and only FIFA soundtrack CD released by EMI. He allegedly did this on the condition that the football team he supports, Port Vale, was included in the game, which it was, as a special feature team.



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