---------------------------------------------------------------------------- FIFA 98 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) V1.02 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- This file is Owned and Compiled By Eric Dysinger of: The FIFA Lounge Home of the Player Editor (http://my.voyager.net/edysinger) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- The purpose of this file is to provide the players of FIFA 98 with information about the game this is covered and not covered in the manual. I get a lot of e-mails from people saying they didn't get the manual when the bought the game. This file isn't a direct replacement for the manual, but it will help those people out with the basics of playing the game. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Contributors Eric Dysinger (http://my.voyager.net/edysinger) - The FIFA Lounge Guy Saner (http://www.iscon.demon.co.uk/) - FIFA 96,97 FAQ Matt Holme (http://www.neurogamer.com/fifa98) - FIFA Online Gadi Sastiel NetDRE (http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Park/5509) - (Closed) Scratchtastic Nachiket Karnik ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Table of Contents 1. Features 2. Basic Moves 3. Special Moves 4. FIFA 98 Cheats 5. System Requirements 6. Hint and Tips 7. General Questions and Troubleshooting 8. Hot Keys 9. Improving Game Speed 10. Modem Play ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Features Exclusive World Cup 98 License Qualify for the World Cup in France 172 International Teams from 6 Zones 16 International Stadiums Intense Realism Precision Player & Ball control: "One Touch" Passing NEW Motion Captured Players & Moves NEW 40,000 word Play-by-Play and Color Commentary Script Detailed Stats for over 4,500 players Key Features 5 Ways to Compete: World Cup 98, Friendly, League, Penalty Kick Shootout, & Training Mode NETWORK PLAY: up to 20 players on 8 PC's MODEM PLAY: up to 8 players on 2 PC's Detailed Team Management Edit Teams and Players: Create your own dream team Player Transfers for Cash Night Games ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. BASIC MOVES ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Keyboard Grip Gamepad Pro Gamepad JoyStick 1. Run Arrow Keys D-Pad D-Pad D-Pad D-Pad 2. Pass S B Yellow Yellow 1 3. Shoot D C Green Green 2 4. Lob A A Red Red - 5. Tackle D C Green Green 2 6. Slide Tackle A A Red Red - 7. Sprint W Y Blue Blue - 8. Skill Moves Alt/Ctrl L/R L2/R2 - - ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3. SPECIAL MOVES ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Keyboard Controls When your team has the ball: Alt or Ctrl + A = Flick the ball up tp yourself S = Beat player by rolling the ball around them D = Fake a shot then beat a player E = Fake one way but go the other way W = 360 degree spin to beat a player Q = Run foot over the ball then flick it to the side Double Tap: A = Flick the ball up to yourself S = Through pass D = Chip shot E = Take a dive Give and Go: Press Q to pass the ball to a teammate. Run into space using the passer of the ball (the teammate will be computer controlled) then press S to recieve the ball back. When the opposition has the ball: Press: Q = Vicious tackle/lunge Double Tap: Q = Hip check or elbow When the ball is in the air: Press and Hold: A = Header to a teammate S = Headed pass D = Powerful header/headed shot on goal Tap & Hold: A = High Volley S = Volleyed Pass D = Volleyed Shot D + left or right = Bicycle kick When taking a Free Kick, Corner or Goal Kick: Press: Alt = Swing the ball the right Ctrl = Swing the ball to the left When the Keeper has the ball: Press: A or B = Throw ball B or C = Drop Kick Z = Drop the Ball Double Tap: A or B = Through Pass Penalty Kicks: Press: C = Shoot the Ball Keypad = Aims shot B = Change shot taker A = Changes the side the player shoots from (Left or right side of the ball) Throw Ins: Press: B = Swtiches receiving players A = High throw C = Low throw X = Passback throw Z = Switches from target to normal modes ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In FIFA 98, when your team has scored and are in the process of celebrating, press one of the following buttons to hear a special sound: Shoot Button = Loud Drums Lob/Long kick button = Horns Pass Button = Crowd Cheers Sprint Button = Normal Drums Scratchtastic indicates that you can control the crowd when you give up a goal: Shoot Button = Booing Pass Button = Whistling ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4. FIFA 98 Cheats ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- EA Sports completed the cheats for FIFA 98. To activate these, go to the player edit screen. Edit any players name with the following: Name Result johnny atomic Takes a Dive xplay Hot Potato eac rocks Large Heads ur1ofus Invisible Walls dohdohdoh Crazy Ball footy Silly Moves Now, in the stadium select (doesn't work in training or shootout modes), press F5, which brings up the cheats overlay. After you have enabled the cheats, you can save them in the Options Screen. More details for this should follow. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5. System Requirements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Basic Requirements Operating System Windows 95 Processor Speed 100Mhz Pentium Hard Drive Space 20 MB Memory (RAM) 16 MB CD-ROM 4X w/ Windows 32-bit Drivers Video 1 MB PCI w/ Direct Draw Compatibility Controls Mouse and Keyboard Drivers Directx 5.0 (Included with CD) Ideal Requirements Operating System Windows 95 Processor Speed 166Mhz Pentium Hard Drive Space 100 MB Memory (RAM) 32 MB CD-ROM 8X w/ Windows 32-bit Drivers Video 4 MB PCI w/ Direct Draw Compatibility Controls Gravis Grip or Game Pad Pro Multiplayer Requirements Network (2-8 PCs, up to 4 players per PC, 20 players maximum) Pentium 100 MHz CPU or faster, IPX compliant network, 1 CD per computer Modem (2 PCs, up to 4 players per PC, 8 players maximum) 100% Hayes compatible 28.8 kbs or faster modem; High speed serial port (16550 UART), 1 CD per computer Serial Play (2 PCs, up to 4 players per PC, 8 players maximum) Null modem cable; High speed serial port (16550 UART), 1 CD per computer ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6. Hints and Tips ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Go for the Header! (Eric Dysinger) I always check the ratings of the team I play. I always move a good header player as a forward. I'll run the ball towards the end line and lob the ball towards the center. It worked in FIFA 96 and it works now! It does matter where you lob the ball from, if you lob it too close to the end line, goalie can grab it. Also, how long you hold the lob key depends on how far the lob will go, you can end up over-shooting a player. Get in that Box! (Eric Dysinger) A weak defensive team is easy to get into the goalies box for a good shot on net. A stronger defensive team is still possible to get in the box, but you might hurry the shot and miss the net. I always wait to shoot until I see the goalie coming to challenge me. I then aim for the corner of the net and let it go! Corner, Free, and Offside Kicks made Easy! (Gadi Sastiel) Use the "E" key to select a player, press the "S" key to select the player you want to head the ball with. Corner Kicks: Move a player in a free space outside the 5 meter box. Free Kicks: Move a player in a free space but not too close to the goalie or the goalie may grab the ball. Offside Kicks: Move a player inline with the farthest defender. For all 3 kicks, use the "A" key to lob the ball, then the "D" key to head the ball into the net. Very easy goal, works very good against the computer because the AI is not very good in 'static situations' , the computer players won't run after your player when you move it before the kick. Gimme that Ball! (NetDRE) Let it be known that it is once again possible to take the ball from the keeper. As he's about to kick it, you can steal it with the lunge tackle (the shot button) and have an easy goal. I find this works best as you are running toward him or from the side because if you are not, your player usually lunges in the same direction as the kick. Anyway try it. Tap and Hold! (NetDRE) The tap-and-hold moves are a lot more powerful than the hold moves because the player performs the action with his legs. This is very important if you have a cross flying at your player and don't want a weak header that the keeper could easily stop. (the tap-hold combination is where most of the "special" and "cool" moves come in) (the time between the tap and the hold must be at a minimum because if you leave too great of a space in time, the game will register it as just a hold and disregard the previous tap.) I found it very helpful to go into the practice mode and choose a practice match. If you put on no defenders and just a goalkeeper, you can practice all of your moves with ease. This is where you can clearly see the difference between the hold and the tap-hold moves. In Amateur mode it is very easy (too easy) to get inside and have a 1 on 1 with the keeper, whereas in the later levels (Professional and on) you will need to utilize the cross more and more. Set me Up! (NetDRE) The way you have your team set up is critical to the game. Try to set all of your players as midfielders and forwards, move them upfield, and set their aggression to high, and when you play, you will notice that you dominate greatly on offense, but if an opposing player gets past midfield, he will have an easy one on one with your keeper. If you set all of your players as defenders and midfielders, you will have a very little chance of scoring. General Tips! (NetDRE) Sometimes it makes more sense to pass the ball when you are in position for a cross. If there's a forward nearby and he has a clear shot at the net and there's no opposition between him and you, it's better to pass the ball to him for a shot rather than lobbing the ball and hoping for a successful cross. Also, I agree with everything about corners, free kicks, etc., but I think it is MUCH better to use the tap-hold moves in these situations because of their power. (be careful of double tapping a shot. This generates a lob over the keeper, which is applicable sometimes, but usually you'll be looking for a clear, hard shot on goal rather than a tap over the keeper. (which could also cause the ball to sail over the top bar and out of bounds.)) So Close You Need a Breathmint! (Nachiket Karnik) To score goals use what I call the close-up manuever, 1. Take the ball and run to the D line (use sprint button for speed). 2. Make sure you are in line with a defender or offside will be called. 3. Go close to the keeper (Not as close as you would be if you were giving him a kiss about 2 cms or so on your screen) and make a quick move to the side of the keeper. 4. Shoot as soon as you move or the keeper will grab the ball. 5. You will be celebrating a goal unless you Messed up. Want quick-goals in Indoor? Make a formation of: 1 0 3 and pass when in danger. If you have any tips you would like to add to this, please e-mail me at edysinger@voyager.net ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7. General Questions and Troubleshooting ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. What do all the icons mean in FIFA 98? If you hold the arrow over each icon, a message pops up telling you what exactly each icon does. 2. What does the FAT and BIO mean by a players name? The FAT rating is the percentage of Fatigue the player is experiencing. The range is from 0% to 100%. The higher the number the more fatigued the player is. The BIO rating works with the fatigue rating. The BIO rating is the fitness rating for the player. A higher button is more to the right) BIO means the player will fatigue slower. A player with a low BIO (button is more to the left) means the player will fatigue faster and is more easily injured. 3. What is Radar in FIFA 98? Radar allows you to see each players position on the field during the match. This is useful for setting up plays because you can't see all the players on the screen at one time. 4. I try to play FIFA 98 in 3D, but I get a messed up screen but sound works fine. Even though you drivers might be certified, problems can still occur playing FIFA 98 in 3D. First, make sure you have the latest drivers from your video card manufacturer. A list of video card and sound card manufacturers on the web can be found at http://www.ea.com/techsupp/hdwlinks.htm. Even if you bought a 3D card recently, it could still have outdated drivers. Just cause you just bought the video card, doesn't mean it hasn't been sitting on a shelf for a year! If you still have problems, I have heard of another fix. Go to the website http://www.3dfx.com/software/download_glidert.html and download the file grtvgr.exe and install it. I have heard that this patch fixes a lot of 3D problems. 5. What is Kit Clashing? Kit Clashing is an option for team colors. If the colors are too close between the 2 teams playing, one of the teams will have a white jersey on while the other team will have their regular colors. 6. What do the Visual Indicator option do? These are indicators to show you an open teammate to pass to. It helps you when you want to pass the ball and you don't want the other team to steal it. 7. What does the Automatic Crosses option do? If you run down the sideline towards the opposition endline and do a lob, it automatically lobs the ball towards the front of the goal no matter what directional key you are pressing. 8. Are all the players names in the commentry because I have often had players on for whole games and their names never mentioned? All the player names should be included in the commentary, though I have played quite a few matches and never have heard certain players mentioned. 9. What are Player Attributes and what do they mean? Player attributes are ratings from 0 to 100 as to how each player does for different abilities. A higher number indicates the player is better at that attribute. I made a list of the player attributes in the game: SPD = Speed AGG = Aggressiveness BCT = Ball Control SPW = Shot Power SAC = Shot Accuracy AGL = Agility RCT = Reaction ACL = Acceleration FIT = Fitness PBS = Passing Bias SBS = Shot Bias TAC = Tackling AWR = Awareness HAC = Heading Accuracy ATB = Attacking Bias 10. I use the rain and snow option (PC version) but it doesn't work. What's wrong? The rain and snow option doesn't allow you to see the snow or rain with a 2D video card. All you get is an overcast sky. The only thing affected with the rain and snow option is the gameplay. The ball doesn't bounce as much and players fatigue faster. I have had people write to me saying you can see the rain and snow with a 3D card. I have heard that you can also see snow and rain in the N64 and PSX versions of FIFA 98. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 8. Hot Keys ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ESC - Pause Menu F1 - Tele Cam F2 - Sideline Cam F3 - Action Cam F4 - Goal Cam F5 - Stadium Cam F6 - Shoulder Cam F7 - Ball Cam F8 - Tower Cam F9 - Chat (network and modem games) F10 - Hangup/Disconnect (Network and Modem games, everywhere) F11 - Quit FIFA RTWC 98 F12 - Quit Current Match (to Match Select or appropriate schedule screen) 1 - Controller Select 2 - Team Management 3 - Options 4 - Instant Replays 5 - Match Statistics 6 - Scoring Summary 7 - Foul Summary 8 - Toggle Radar on/off 0 - Toggle sound and music on/off (in-game only) T - Toggles Stadium textures/details on/off Y - Toggles Pitch textures/details on/off = (equals) - Increase screen size - (minus) - Decrease screen size ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 9. Improving Game Speed ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Here are some tips to speed up the game-play: "-" (the minus key) reduces the size of the screen "y" toggles field detail "t" toggles stadium detail Make sure no background programs are running. One way of checking this by hitting CTRL+ALT+DEL and a menu will pop up. Shut down everything EXCEPT Explorer and Systray. You may have to repeat this a few times. Do a full installation of the game. If the game keeps having to access the CD-ROM, your gameplay can suffer significantly. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10. Modem Play ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Modem connection may be direct or indirect. If you connecting directly, you must use a serial cable with a null-modem adapter. If you are connecting indirectly, FIFA 98 requires that you have at least a 28.8k modem or faster with a high speed (16,550 UART) serial port. To Set Up a Two-Computer Match 1. Make sure your modems are configured correctly. 2. At the modem connect screen, one person selects "Dialing Directory", while the other person selects "Wait for Call". 3. The person that selects "Dialing Directory", highlight a memory space, then click on "Edit". Enter the number you want to call. FIFA 98 allows you to save up to 20 numbers. 4. Type the name and number of the computer you want to connect with, then press "Enter". The number is saved in the "Dialing Directory". To delete a number, highlight the number and click "Delete". 5. Click "Dial" to start the call. When the connection is made, the "Match Select" screen will appear. 6. Set your game up as you would in a standard FIFA 98 game. Modem Setup Screen Modem Type - Go through the provided modem types. If your modem is not listed, use the "Generic Hayes Compatible". COM Port - Allows you to select which COM Port your modem is connected to. Baud Rate - Allows you to select your modem's baud rate (bps). Initialization String - If your modem has a specific initialization string, this is where you would enter it. See your modem manual for more info. Dial String - You do not need to include the phone time (pulse or tone) in the dial string. Dial Method - Switches between tone and pulse dialing. Modem Problems Here are some things to try if you are having problems connecting by modem: 1. Your modem should be set to connect with data compression disabled and your modem should not locked into any specific speed. 2. Hardware (RTS/CTS) flow control must be enabled. 3. Consult your modem manual for the appropriate initialization strings. Put the correct modem initialization strings in your Windows 95 modem configuration screen in "Control Panel". 4. Verify there is no COM port conflicts. Mice and other devices may be sharing the same COM port as the modem. 5. Since EA Sports has released a patch to V1.1 of FIFA 98, verify that both computers have the same version or patch. 6. Since faster modems have arrived on the market, they are more sensitive to phone line noise, try connecting at speeds of 9600, or 14,400 bps. If you have any more suggestions for fixing modem problems, please send them to me at edysinger@voyager.net.