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FIFA Road to World Cup 98 (Saturn)

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FIFA Road to World Cup 98
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-8
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
US
$? T-5025H
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99[1] T-5025H-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F T-5025H-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? T-5025H-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas T-5025H-50
Sega Saturn
BR
R$? 191x60



FIFA Road to World Cup 98 is a 1997 football game by Electronic Arts released for the Sega Saturn as a sequel (or update) to FIFA 97.

FIFA 98s packaging is localised, featuring players from the local country's national football team.

Gameplay

Though its predecessors also held the FIFA license, FIFA Road to World Cup 98 goes one step further by tying itself into the 1998 FIFA World Cup, including all 172 FIFA-registered national teams which existed at the time (incidentally it would not be until 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa when EA would include all national teams which took part in qualification). 189 club teams from 11 national leagues are also featured, and teams can also be created and edited by the user.

Des Lynam returns to introduce matches, as does commentators John Motson and Andy Gray.

History

Versions

FIFA 98 on the Saturn was one of EA's final releases for the system, and is noticeably stripped down when compared to its PlayStation counterpart. All full motion video cutscenes render at a lower resolution (with borders), support for Dolby Surround was dropped and much of the graphical detail is missing, with fewer textures, lower quality shadows and simpler (and sometimes non-existent) animations (the latter seemingly at odds with EA's heavily publicised use of then-cutting edge motion capture technology). It does mean the Saturn game takes less time to load, however (though both are trounced by the cartridge-based Nintendo 64 version whose load times are near-instantaneous).

Players are much larger than their rival console counterparts, giving the impression that pitches are smaller than they should be. Many of the omissions can curiously be found in the previous year's release of FIFA Soccer 97.

Magazine articles

Main article: FIFA Road to World Cup 98 (Saturn)/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
20 №195, p94[1]
50 №73, p101
58 №28, p70/71[2]
Sega Saturn
43
Based on
3 reviews

Saturn, US
FIFA98 Saturn US Box Back.jpgFIFA98 Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
FIFA98 Saturn US Disc.jpg
Disc
Fifasoccer98 sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, UK
FIFA98 Saturn UK Box.jpg
Cover
FIFA98SaturnUKManual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, FR
FIFA98 Saturn FR Box.jpg
Cover
FIFA98SaturnFRManual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, DE
FIFA98 Saturn DE Box.jpg
Cover
Saturn, ES
FIFA98 Saturn ES Box.jpg
Cover
Saturn, IT
FIFA98 Saturn IT Box.jpg
Cover
Saturn, BR
FIFA98 Saturn BR Box Front.jpg
Cover

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:CVG UK 195.pdf, page 94
  2. File:SSM_UK_28.pdf, page 70


Electronic Arts sports games for Sega systems
American Football
John Madden Football (1990) | John Madden Football '92 (1991) | John Madden Football '93 (1992) | John Madden Football: Championship Edition (1992) | Mutant League Football (1993) | Madden NFL '94 (1993) | Bill Walsh College Football (1993) | Bill Walsh College Football '95 (1994) | Madden NFL '95 (1994) | Madden NFL 96 (1995) | College Football USA 96 (1995) | Madden NFL 97 (1996) | College Football USA 97 (1996) | Madden NFL 98 (1997)
Baseball
Tony La Russa Baseball (1993) | MLBPA Baseball (1994) | La Russa Baseball 95 (1994) | Triple Play 96 (1995) | Triple Play: Gold Edition (1996)
Basketball
Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs (1990) | Bulls vs Lakers and the NBA Playoffs (1991) | Jordan vs Bird (1992) | Team USA Basketball (1992) | Bulls versus Blazers and the NBA Playoffs (1993) | NBA Showdown '94 (1994) | NBA Live 95 (1994) | NBA Live 96 (1995) | Coach K College Basketball (1995) | NBA Live 97 (1996) | NBA Live 98 (1997)
Golf
Zany Golf (1990) | PGA Tour Golf (1990) | PGA Tour Golf II (1992) | PGA Tour Golf III (1994) | PGA European Tour (1994) | PGA Tour 96 (1995) | PGA Tour 97 (1996)
Ice Hockey
NHL Hockey (Mega Drive) (1991) | NHLPA Hockey '93 (1992) | NHL Hockey '94 (1993) | Elitserien 95 (1994) | Mutant League Hockey (1994) | NHL 95 (1994) | Elitserien 96 (1995) | NHL 96 (1995) | NHL Hockey (Game Gear) (1995) | NHL 97 (Mega Drive) (1996) | NHL 97 (Saturn) (1996) | NHL 98 (Mega Drive) (1997) | NHL 98 (Saturn) (1997)
Racing
Mario Andretti Racing (1994) | Andretti Racing (1996) | NASCAR 98 (1997)
Rugby
Rugby World Cup 1995 (1994) | Australian Rugby League (1995)
Soccer
FIFA International Soccer (8-bit) (1993) | FIFA International Soccer: Championship Edition (1994) | FIFA Soccer 95 (1994) | FIFA Soccer 96 (32X | Saturn) (1995) | FIFA Soccer 97 (Gold Edition) (1996) | FIFA Road to World Cup 98 (Mega Drive) (1997) | FIFA Road to World Cup 98 (Saturn) (1997)
Misc.
EA Sports Double Header (1992) | IMG International Tour Tennis (1994) | Toughman Contest (1994)