Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
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  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. It's fun, it's exciting, and it's challenging -whether played against the artificial intelligence or your big sister.
  3. Despite not going anywhere near as deep as it’s MLS brother, FIFA World Cup 2002 is simply a joy to play.
  4. Easy controls. Great sound. Outstanding graphics. Original commentary. Challenging gameplay.
  5. Frankly, I'd save the extra 20 bucks and pick up FIFA 2002 on the cheap.
  6. 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.
  7. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    The game looks so freaking pretty, it blows away past version. [July 2002, p.99]
  8. If you’re after the best PS2 football game on the market then you’ll have to look elsewhere. If however, you’re simply hankering for a game that will mimic the forthcoming World Cup then this is worth investigating.
  9. While 2002 World Cup offers stadiums and an interface that are specific to the event, the game lacks many of the features found in FIFA 2002, making it difficult to recommend to anyone but World Cup fanatics.
  10. Games Radar
    By focusing on the Michael Owens, EA've forgotten the Gary Nevilles - capturing the magic, but fluffing the basics. [PSM2]
  11. netjak
    A minor disappointment, but easily one of the better soccer game experiences I've had.
  12. PSM Magazine
    This game is lacking most of the extraordinary depth that gave the first "FIFA 2002" so much replayability. [July 2002, p.40]
  13. 70
    Without any new gameplay developments beyond the Cup (which, in all fairness, should’ve been in FIFA 2002 in the first place), there’s little justification for its full-price $50 tag—it’s more like a $25 add-on pack.
  14. 70
    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.
  15. 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.
  16. The lack of depth makes it a tough buy.
  17. In terms of the gameplay the changes are minimal and comparing this game to "Pro Evolution Soccer" is a joke, Konami's title is just a different class.
  18. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    It's too bad World Cup's gameplay is so slow an ddeliberate, because I like other parts of it. [July 2002, p.115]
  19. What's the difference between EA Sports' Fifa series and a dairy cow? A dairy cow is only milked for 3 years...

Awards & Rankings

#93 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
#85 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. 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 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. Full Review »
  2. TysonB.
    Feb 12, 2004
    Fifa soccer 2002 is a solid game but Fifa soccer 2001 still is a little better.
  3. BazzZ.
    Sep 16, 2002
    Pro Evo is the king and this miserable game is its slave!