Love it or loathe it, FIFA will go down in history as one of the biggest video game franchises of all time. Since its inception in 1993, it has been a best-seller each and every year, and while there have been times when the quality of the series has dipped dramatically (most notable during ISS / PES' glory years), there are many who feel that digital football simply doesn't get any better.
This year's FIFA outing – FIFA 23 – will be the last of its kind. EA is losing the FIFA licence and will call future entries in the franchise EA Sports FC, starting with next year's instalment. There will still be football games with FIFA in the title, but they won't be made by EA and therefore won't be part of the series that began way back in 1993 on the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive.
So, with the series coming to a close and EA moving to a new brand next year, we thought it might be a good idea to ask you – our dear readers – which FIFA you think is the best of the bunch.
Lots of folk will say 98, but i think 99 really ironed out the kinks.
Of course from a technical point of view the “best” would be a modern one. But personally I really loved 99 and still find worth in playing it sometimes
Fifa 98 RTWC for me although Fifa 99 is good but the lack of the indoor mode which was always a goto before and after nights out means Fifa 99 just misses out for me. Quite liked Fifa 05 on the Xbox too.
@TheIronChimp completely forgot about the indoor mode. Such a shame they took it out.
Volta in modern Fifa is pretty close tho
If I remember correctly, the last FIFA I truly enjoyed was 10.
After that, they started (drastically) changing certain aspects of the game - like passing and tackling - and the franchise never felt the same.
I'm going to have to go with Fifa RTWC 98 (N64). My brothers and I would play the hell out of it on N64. There was just something about it (especially that indoor mode) that was just so fun. In all fairness though I am being quite biased because I believe we stopped following the Fifa series after that game. We just loved that one so much we didn't want to go down the rabbit hole of a 'new' game every year. So, with that being said I can't speak for the rest of the games.
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