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  • Summary: Kick off the FIFA World Cup season with 2002 FIFA World Cup, which captures every moment of glory, every emotion, and every sound of the global event. The game boasts licenses from the official FIFA World Cup, insignia, mascots, and the 20 new World Cup stadiums in Japan and Korea. Another enhancement includes Air Play, a new control scheme that delivers intuitive one-button headers, volleys, scissors kicks, juggling, and more. Choose your team and then compete in a seven-game series beginning with round-robin play, followed by playoffs that lead to the final match. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. The matches all feel important, which is totally cool in a World Cup setting. [May 2002, p.133]
  2. 85
    Probably the coolest new feature of 2002 FIFA World Cup is the inclusion of juggling. A player who masters juggling can truly be devastating on the field.
  3. 2002 FWC suffers from a lack of teams, little weather and time of day conditions and the frustrating inability to change the stadium and match duration while setting up a game, this has to be done in the options.
  4. An excellent game, but lack of game modes and teams limits its possibilities.
  5. You only get two play modes with this game, friendly and tournament, and that just isn’t enough...Having said all that, this game kicks its predecessor in the ass. It looks better, plays better, sounds better and damnit, it just feels right.
  6. If you already own FIFA 2002, then there really isn't any reason to own 2002 FIFA World Cup, and if you don't own FIFA 2002 but are looking for a soccer game, you should get that game instead.
  7. 70
    Last year’s installment still has a lot more replay value and there are plenty of noteworthy soccer alternatives for the GameCube that you can spend your money on.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. BenS.
    May 29, 2002
    9
    Great game! the new passing system gives you more control and allows you to play some of the best (european) football on this planet!
  2. DanielM.
    Nov 9, 2004
    7
    Surprisingly pretty good and a decent lifespan.
  3. NickW
    Feb 1, 2009
    3
    A pretty poor excuse for a football game. The only thing to really commend it are the video extras on the actual tournament itself. The gameplay is simply really bad. The speed, movement, and passing are all too slow, there is little variety, and with the exception of a few skill moves for star players, it's just plain boring. Competition mode is more of the same, extending basic tactics, managment skill and injuries over a tournament period. There is little excitement or anticipation of the big games. It's nice to be able to play a full 90 minute game (unusual for football video games), but since the play is so dull it just prolongs the tediousness. Not even fit for landfill. Expand