If youre after the best PS2 football game on the market then youll have to look elsewhere. If however, youre simply hankering for a game that will mimic the forthcoming World Cup then this is worth investigating.
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.
Without any new gameplay developments beyond the Cup (which, in all fairness, shouldve been in FIFA 2002 in the first place), theres little justification for its full-price $50 tagits more like a $25 add-on pack.
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.