Since the series' inception in late 1993, FIFA has become the best-selling sports video game franchise in the world, and one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time with over 100 million copies sold in total.
I've been a FIFA fan for 15 years and counting, so in celebration of the franchise, as well as the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016, here are the six best entries in the series so far:
6. FIFA International Soccer (1993)
What makes it great: It's the first entry in the franchise and it is considered to be the godfather of football games.
Moreover, the isometric viewpoint, the detail and animation of the footballers in the game, the crowd sound effects and the overall presentation prove that FIFA International Soccer was way ahead of its time.
5. FIFA Football 2002 (2001)
What makes it great: It introduced a ton of cool additions such as power bars for passes, a better dribbling system and new club emblems.
Furthermore, bonus games such as unlocking Panini cards or trying to improve the ranking of an international team (France, Japan and South Korea were the only options, unfortunately), made this game a classic.
4. FIFA 07 (2006)
What makes it great: It's the first edition to be released for XBOX 360. Additionally, FIFA 07 featured an improved Manager mode, as well as interactive online leagues.
Finally, the crowds (a notorious problem in FIFA games) were more interactive and the passing, crossing, shooting, free kick techniques and goalkeeping were massively improved compared to the game's predecessors.
3. FIFA 12 (2011)
What makes it great: It is possibly the best football game ever made for PlayStation 3.
It had solid career and 'Be a Pro' modes, as well as revolutionary online modes and an impact engine that significantly improved the series's in-game physics.
2. FIFA Road to World Cup 98 (1997)
What makes it great: It featured incredible 3D graphics and it had the option to play as an indoor 5-a-side team.
FIFA Road to World Cup 98 (1997) is also the first game in the series to fully implement the offside rule and the 'Road to World Cup' mode featured a whooping 172 FIFA-registered national teams.
1. FIFA Football 2005 (2004)
What makes it great: FIFA 2005 had an amazing soundtrack, as well as first-touch gameplay which provided gamers with the ability to perform real-life tricks and passes.
Moreover, the 15-season long career mode, as well as the impressive overall presentation made the game an instant classic which is remembered fondly by gamers to this day.