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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.2
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Overall User Score (5 votes) 2.9

Critic Reviews

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The Age (May 30, 2002)
If you're not happy with the starting lineup, no problem, you can change it. You also have a choice of stadiums and whether you want to play a day or a night match. There's a huge number of moves to master; controls vary depending on whether you're directing a defensive or offensive player or a goalkeeper. Up to four players can team up or pit themselves against each other. To begin with it's less humiliating to play against a friend than face the onslaught from the CPU. If you're not up to playing a World Cup, then you can partake in a friendly match. There are super teams, such as topranking France, to unlock. The rules of the game can be adjusted; in fact, so much so that you wonder if you're still playing soccer. For example, offside and carding can be disabled. If you have the gumption to master the controls, then this game will hold your interest long after the World Cup has been decided.
In fact the entire game is a kick-butt tour de force. No, it's not a simulation. The gamer's skill can significantly change how well a team plays, but who cares? It's fun, it's exciting, and it's challenging -whether played against the artificial intelligence or your big sister. So if you like soccer, get 2002 FIFA World Cup. It's a kicking good time. Sorry, I had to say that.
GameZone (May 09, 2002)
Easy controls. Great sound. Outstanding graphics. Original commentary. Challenging gameplay. This game is a must have for soccer fans.
IGN (Apr 23, 2002)
Not the deep experience to be found with last fall's FIFA Soccer 2002 MLS, the slightly better gameplay engine from 2002 FIFA World Cup is overshadowed by a lack of features. An exhilarating soccer experience to be sure, the improved shooting engine and extra animations are huge bonuses for football diehards. Casual soccer fans however may want to pass this one up in favor of the fuller, more rewarding experience in MLS.
82 (May 22, 2002)
This is such a hard game to judge. On the one hand it's certainly the most atmospheric soccer game ever released, and it a perfect tie-in to the real event in Japan and Korea. Electronic Arts are still refining the game engine, which is pretty solid now although the real disappointment is with the frame rate and animation on the players which needs some more work. The choice between this game and the original FIFA 2002 is a tough one. If you're after more options, teams and leagues then this game may not be for you, but if you want a game based on the second biggest sporting event in the world then this game will keep you very happy.
GameSpot (Apr 24, 2002)
The game lacks many of the features found in FIFA 2002, making it difficult to recommend to anyone but World Cup fanatics.
Netjak (Sep 28, 2002)
I'd say that the controls make for a good, not great soccer game. I think you score a bit too much, but I also don't think that your average gamer is going to want to play through a 1-0 victory in extra time. The game pales in comparison to the actual World Cup, and isn't a very good representation of it. I wished that this game would have just waited till 1-2 weeks after the Cup ended to set everyone's stats again, or ideally 1-2 months to touch up the players unique looks.
70 (Apr 24, 2002)
EA Sports réalise donc une bonne performance avec Coupe du Monde même si on se demande si ce volet était bien nécessaire seulement quelques mois après la véritable édition 2002. Sans grandes innovations et avec des modes de jeu en nombre bien plus restreint, les joueurs devraient vite faire leur choix...
2002 FIFA World Cup is definitely better than Electronic Arts' last effort. It still may not be in the same league as Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer but it's a decent playable souvenir of the tournament, available a whole month before the real thing kicks off.
GamePro (US) (Apr 29, 2002)
If you own FIFA 2002, it will definitely sting to fork over another $50 for what?s basically 1/3 the game. But if you want to bask in World Cup frenzy, 2002 FIFA World Cup will make a great rental.
Pelit (Jun, 2002)
Yleensä sarjapeleillä on tapana edes marginaalisesti parantua osa osalta, mutta FIFA tuntuu kulkevan täysin päinvastaiseen suuntaan. Olkaa hyvät: virallinen kisapeli, jota kukaan ei muista kisojen loputtua.
002 FIFA World Cup plays a clumsy game of football. It's easier to dribble the ball than pass it, as the game draws dots on the pitch to show player runs and the game also makes pass execution frustratingly hit-and-miss. Creating a scoring chance isn't hard, though you'll often hammer stupidly wide and wonder why. When the roar goes up for a goal, you don't feel nearly as pumped, as goals come pretty cheaply.
Operation Sports (May 29, 2002)
To wrap this up, this game shows potential but this game was made to capitalize on cup fever. In no means is this game worth a full retail purchase. There are some positives in the game but without a qualifying component, no way to edit teams or modify the tournament then there’s no reason to play this game past a few times. I’m sorry to say but FIFA World Cup 2002 is game to catch consumers when they get cup fever rather a game to provide the ultimate World Cup experience. What’s even worse is this seems to be a trend in EA Sports games. I hope the FIFA 2003 offers a more complete soccer experience rather than just trying to make a buck.