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6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27

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  1. Mar 14, 2011
    8
    This is one of the best football games i have ever played, and i have played a lot of football games. The thing that really separated this game from any other football game (TIF, PES etc.) is the fact that this really had atmosphere, and the graphics were not even matched until FIFA first appeared on the xbox 360, 4 years later. Quite simply one of the most classic games to have graced the PS2. Also, this game has such a great degree of control over the players, the user can truly feel the players' movements. Many people have criticised the free kick system in the past, and true, you can score from the half-way line every time, but still, the system gave the player far better control over free kicks than ANY football game since. If there were to be any criticisms of this game, they would be that the player movement is somewhat clunky, and that the amount teams included in the game is quite low. These criticisms however are all against games on the market today, a full 8 years on, with FIFA 11 being the main game for comparison here. To conclude then, a clear classic, and if i was judging this game in 2003, then it would be a 9 or 9.5, but as it is, today, it will have to settle for an 8. A great game though. Collapse
  2. Mar 14, 2011
    0
    This is one of the best football games i have ever played, and i have played a lot of football games. The thing that really separated this game from any other football game (TIF, PES etc.) is the fact that this really had atmosphere, and the graphics were not even matched until FIFA first appeared on the xbox 360, 4 years later. Quite simply one of the most classic games to have graced the PS2. Also, this game has such a great degree of control over the players, the user can truly feel the players' movements. Many people have criticised the free kick system in the past, and true, you can score from the half-way line every time, but still, the system gave the player far better control over free kicks than ANY football game since. If there were to be any criticisms of this game, they would be that the player movement is somewhat clunky, and that the amount teams included in the game is quite low. These criticisms however are all against games on the market today, a full 8 years on, with FIFA 11 being the main game for comparison here. To conclude then, a clear classic, and if i was judging this game in 2003, then it would be a 9 or 9.5, but as it is, today, it will have to settle for an 8. A great game though. Collapse
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. One of the best sports games released in the past year on any platform. [Mar 2003, p.84]
  2. Make no mistake, the pace can still be inordinately fast unless you choose to slow it down, but this may well be the FIFA that hard-core fans have been waiting for.
  3. It seems that the difficulty in scoring is the developers' way of balancing out the appalling defensive AI. [Feb 2003, p.63]