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  • Summary: The official soccer game of the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup features new "Air Play" gameplay with intuitive one-button headers, volleys, scissor kicks, juggling and showboating. New player-to-player animations allow for agressive jostling for the ball on the ground and in the air. The Tournament Mode features a seven game series beginning with round-robin play, followed by playoffs leading to the final match with a progressive story line and a rising intensity as you advance. [EA Sports] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 100
    From the opening sweeps to the penalty kicks, this game engages and entertains. For the PlayStation 2 there is no better soccer title to own.
  2. Despite not going anywhere near as deep as it’s MLS brother, FIFA World Cup 2002 is simply a joy to play.
  3. 83
    Rewarding an experience as it may be, the precedence set by MLS 2002 was so high, that a list [of modes] as barren as this one seems almost insulting.
  4. By focusing on the Michael Owens, EA've forgotten the Gary Nevilles - capturing the magic, but fluffing the basics. [PSM2]
  5. This game is lacking most of the extraordinary depth that gave the first "FIFA 2002" so much replayability. [July 2002, p.40]
  6. Certain key footballers like Beckham, Owen, Carlos or Figo have been designated as star players, granting them extra abilities like speed, strike power, free kick magic or skill on the ball. This prevents most of the matches ending too predictably.
  7. What's the difference between EA Sports' Fifa series and a dairy cow? A dairy cow is only milked for 3 years...

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. KristoferH.
    Jul 28, 2002
    This game is the bomb.
  2. JoeJ.
    Jul 11, 2002
    What are these people talking about! This game rocks, as have most of them except 2001.
  3. DavidH.
    Aug 2, 2002
    Great game, and the World Class level is much more challenging than in prior FIFA games. Many players actually look like the real ones. The graphics are great, but the game sort of moves kind of slow at times when the ball is in the air. A must buy if you don't own FIFA 2002 already. Expand
  4. AndrewA.
    May 26, 2002
    Enjoyable but not pro evo.
  5. ZiggyStardust
    Aug 13, 2002
    On it's own it's not terrible, but considering it's basically fifa 2002 except with a bunch less gameplay modes, and options world cup is a huge rip off. while i like the direction the fifa series is going on the whole (more realism... less magnetic ball to foot physics). again it's just fifa 2002 at more than double the price with less features. Expand
  6. JimmyM.
    Aug 21, 2006
    EA games are usually great, and I've really enjoyed previous versions of FIFA, but FIFA 02 Major League Soccer is probably the worst game I've ever tried to play on my PC. The game engine is lame, the AI is about the most predictable thing I've ever played against, and the game seems to choose where to pass the ball regardless of what direction I attempt to send it in. I'm waiting for a few years to buy another version, because I really can't stand this one. Expand
  7. BazzZ.
    Sep 16, 2002
    Pro Evo is the king and this miserable game is its slave!

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