Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. 82
    The game controls, looks, and sounds better than FIFA 2002, but with only two modes and very few options it feels a whole lot more limited.
  2. Nintendo Power
    The matches all feel important, which is totally cool in a World Cup setting. [May 2002, p.133]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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. An excellent game, but lack of game modes and teams limits its possibilities.
  7. 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.
  8. Cumbersome at the best of times, it takes a lot more effort on the player’s part than it should to control the ball as they would wish. Not good for a fast-paced sports title.
  9. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#82 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. NickW
    Feb 1, 2009
    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 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. Full Review »
  2. DanielM.
    Nov 9, 2004
    Surprisingly pretty good and a decent lifespan.
  3. BenS.
    May 29, 2002
    Great game! the new passing system gives you more control and allows you to play some of the best (european) football on this planet!