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FIFA - Road to World Cup 98 is a football game developed by EA Canada and published by Electronic Arts. It was the fifth game in the FIFA series and the second to be in 3D on the 32-bit machines.

The game marked the start of an upward trend in the series that marked it out as potentially the best gaming simulator for the sport in the world. The game was revolutionised, boasted an official soundtrack, had a refined graphics engine, team and player customisation options, 16 stadiums, better AI and the popular "Road To World Cup" mode, with all 173 FIFA-registered national teams.

For the first time in a FIFA game, the offside rule was properly implemented. In previous games when a player on the team was in an offside position doing anything except running saw the player of the game penalised for offside even when the ball was passed backwards. The 32-bit version of the game corrected this so only if the ball was passed roughly to where the player in the offside position was, the game would award a free-kick for offside. The game also featured a five-a-side indoor mode, which was very popular with many fans

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Release Dates
  • North America:
    • Dec 20, 1997 (N64)
    • November 1997 (PSX)
  • Japan:
    • Apr 24, 1998 (N64)
    • November 1997 (PSX)
  • Europe:
    • Dec 20, 1997 (N64)
    • November 1997 (PSX)
  • Australia:
    • Dec 20, 1997 (N64)
    • November 1997 (PSX)
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