Remembering When Aliens Would Abduct Players On FIFA 2000
Long before the conspiracy theory of the top secret Area 51 base in Nevada having aliens gathered pace, EA Sports had a crazy feature in FIFA 2000 whereby UFOs would come onto the pitch and abduct players.
There was no literally no reason as to why 'Alien mode' was a thing but it sure made for some good fun when the cheat code was activated and aliens swooped down to take your left winger as he tried to scamper away.
In a nutshell, you'd press "dizzy" in the cheat menu and then you'd have a big old spaceship flying around the stadium for your game.
Then, one of your players would be zapped and abducted during the game and no longer on the playing field for the rest of th fixture.
In addition to the aliens, there was also a cheat that would enable your players to be struck by lightning if you typed in "sizzle" on the menu. It really was a far cry from the football games of today's world.
But that wasn't all. You might remember that despite EA Sports not having any lower league teams at this point, they included third tier Port Vale in the game as a playable team.
The reason being? EA asked Robbie Williams, one of the best-selling artists of all-time and a big Vale fan, to use his song "It's Only Us" as the soundtrack and that was the condition he provided.
With the release of FIFA 20 now just around the corner, SPORTbible were recently afforded some hands-on time with the newest football game of the EA Sports franchise at a special preview event at a secret location in Berlin.
And already, with just a few hours of game-time under the belt, it's clear to see that EA have once again made several adjustments in order to switch things up from the previous edition of the game.
Check out some of our key findings here: