The Guiness book of world records says that Fifa Soccer is the worlds #1 soccer franchise. It's no surprise considering there is a new game released in the series at the same time every single year. FIFA 2003, which will be hitting store shelves in early November across all formats, is going to have direct competition this year from Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2. Evolution Soccer was much more critically acclaimed than any of the other games in the FIFA series, and its sequel looks even better. What has EA got up it's sleeve to make sure punters stick with EA Sports this Xmas? Lets take a look.

FIFA Football 2003 will provide an immersive, authentic experience driven by an ALL NEW game engine. This is football gaming that lives by the rules of the real sport and absorbs the users in a world of detail and culture.

FIFA Football 2003 introduces a completely re-worked AI engine that focuses on three new enhancements; team play, team tactics and real player attributes. Use the advantage of playing as a team to break down the opposition with precision passing and quality finishing. Face the onslaught of an opposing team 1-0 down in the 80th minute as they throw all their players upfront. And experience the challenge provided by the individual strengths and skills of European football’s top stars.

A fundamental change in the control of the ball including shooting, dribbling, and passing results in more natural gameplay - with deflections, missed headers and scrambled goals reflecting the real nature of football.

    Dead ball situations are a pivotal part of the real game. FIFA Football 2003 incorporates a new interface that requires the level of skill and strategy that has allowed stars like Roberto Carlos to shine in the real world. A new set-piece dynamic provides complete control over the power and swerve of free kicks. Find the angle, find the sweet spot and find the top corner.

    All the great players looking and behaving as they do in real life, competing in all the top leagues and all the greatest national teams from around the world. FIFA offers you total licensed football with over 175 licensed entities – 16 leagues, 450 teams, 10,000 players.

      Experience total immersion and ultimate competition with 18 of the greatest European teams. Feel the intense big match atmosphere with all the star players, real stadia, real stats and your favorite club specific crowd chants. Now you too must endure the pressure of playing in Galatasary’s famous stadium of hell.

      Continuing the excellence of FIFA style TV presentation with some of Europe’s greatest commentary teams calling the action. All new half time and end of match highlights let you re-live every key moment.

      Stay tuned for our full hands on preview of Fifa 2003 next month.