Let's Play Every GameCube Game, Part 12

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F1 Career Challenge

F1 Career Challenge (Visual Sciences/EA Sports, 2003)

A racing game simulating the 1999-2002 F1 seasons. It's unsurprisingly similar to the other EA F1 game that ended the last list, but this one seems to have much more crash-prone AI. As ever, it's hard to make out the turns of the track with the limited draw distance available.

The Fairly OddParents: Breakin' da Rules

The Fairly OddParents: Breakin' da Rules (Blitz Games/THQ, 2003)

No points for guessing that this is a dull platformer with bad graphics. Setting it in the void was a clever way to save on drawing a skybox, though.

The Fairly OddParents: Shadow Showdown

The Fairly OddParents: Shadow Showdown (Blitz Games/THQ, 2004)

The sequel to the above, which actually feels much better. You have a more agile moveset and there are special items you can unlock to get extra abilities. I'd almost consider playing more of it, but I don't like this IP and reviews were poor, so I imagine it does not live up to that promise.

Family Stadium 2003

Family Stadium 2003 (Namco, 2003)

A Japan-exclusive arcade baseball game that plays very similar to Mario Superstar Baseball, but without the crazy special abilities and using (mostly) real Japanese teams. MSB seems more fully featured, but I'm throwing this on the list so I can dig into it more and find out if it has things it does better.

Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four (7 Studios/Activision, 2005)

A superhero brawler based on a movie and featuring, as usual, a lot of repetitive combat against the same enemies. These bots here can't even hurt you even if you just stand there.

FIFA Soccer 2002

FIFA Soccer 2002 (EA Sports, 2001)

And here come a ton of FIFA games all in a row. Obviously there's almost no reason to go back and play any of them, but even this first game is far beyond any other soccer game I've looked at in terms of presentation. Long passes seem wildly OP compared to reality, though.

FIFA Soccer 2003

FIFA Soccer 2003 (EA Canada/EA Sports, 2002)

There's not much visual difference here, but the jump in mechanical quality is enormous. More intuitive controls and an option to to make the game more of a simulation make everything feel so much better. It's still very end-to-end, but it's a blast to play.

FIFA Soccer 2004

FIFA Soccer 2004 (EA Canada/EA Sports, 2003)

The loading screens informed me that this one added career mode, but I didn't notice many changes to the regular gameplay. The announcers were a little iffy, describing the keeper collecting an errant pass as "an incredible save" and hyping up the "classic" match between Boston United and Huddersfield Town in the third tier of English football.

FIFA Football 2005