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  • Summary: With all-new "open passing," you have more control and precision than ever before. Find a breaking forward with a perfect 40-yard ball into open space, embarrass the tightest defense with cunning one-twos, or fool any keeper with deep swerving crosses. [Electronic Arts]
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 90
    An absolutely gorgeous game, packing in fantastic animations, lavish player models, and stadiums with cool details like flags waving in the stands.
  2. 90
    Perhaps most impressive are the stellar animations. I don’t want to exaggerate, but the animation is perhaps the best of any sports game currently on the PS2.
  3. And while "Pro Evolution Soccer" could well reclaim its place at the summit shortly, for now FIFA 2002 - both for playability and aesthetically - is the champion of football games.
  4. The thing that stands out the most is the commentary, which is usually a weak part to most sports games.
  5. All of the changes that they’ve made have come through, and whilst it may not play as realistically as Pro Evolution Soccer, the overall feel is more akin to the proper game then previous versions.
  6. FIFA still does soccer best, but there is room for improvement. [Dec 2001, p.93]
  7. FIFA 2002 might be deeper, but it isn't more fun. The rich gameplay is negated by clumsy implementation, shabby player models and lack of visual finesse.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 8 out of 19
  1. RafaelR.
    Jan 19, 2002
    Great graphics and the celebrations are really real. Buy it!!!
  2. RhysD.
    Jun 11, 2002
    This is the best game i have ever played. The players look so real and the game play is awesome. Gives you many options like curving the ball and power-up shots, this is what i like. i usually hate strikers (because i play as goalkeeper on weekend) but with the introduction of this game, it has made me start to actually like them. From Beckham to Henry to Kewell. They all look real and i congratulate ea sports for this. They are only going to get better and i will get their next edition of fifa (prob 2003). Cheers!! Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jul 10, 2002
    I don't even like soccer, and yet this game rocks!
  4. AndyP.
    Nov 10, 2001
    Exceptionally good... nice graphics, different gameplay options, and muhc better than previous versions. Buy it !
  5. ACBoaden
    May 10, 2002
    Looked good at first but you cant do what the pc can in the game, needs improvements desperately...
  6. GeorgeP.
    Jun 17, 2002
    With Pro Evolution Soccer and TIF 2002 in the market there is no real reason to buy this C~R~A~P. After playing those games i tried this for 20 min. to see how good is it really. BIG DISAPOINTEMENT AND VERY BORING . It just cant compare to PES and TIF 2002. These r one class higher. Dont buy this game because is an illusion. Seems EA spent its time getting the lisences and didn't concentrate to the gameplay (as always). The graphics aren't that good. In some occasions r mediocre and r more colourful than realistic. It offers nothing and it isn'nt even fun to play. Don't buy this game for 3 reasons. Because (1) it will disappoint u after a while, u will (2) make EA more rich and yourself more poor, so EA will think u liked this game and will keep the "good" work. Finally (3) if u dont buy this game u will make EA finally understand that its game is'nt that good and will try to make a game worth of our expectations. Besides, all of those who buy FIFA series titles for either its franchise or lisenses >big deal! For the moment keep playing KONAMI'S fantastic soccer titles or the ok TIF series u soccer fans. All of those who have played PES i'm sure can understand why i was so strict rating this game. All of u that havent played PES, u dont know what you're losing. Ihave PES since 00 and i still play it and that was the reason for me to go and buy PS2. I have also MGS 2 and GT 3 but boyyyy PES makes these games unplayable. U wil remember me when u will go and play it if u have'nt done it yet. Expand
  7. HenryF.
    Mar 4, 2003
    It's a bad bad representation of the beautiful game. A complete bastardization of the sport, makes a nice coaster for your beer though. Comparisons to Konami's WE6 are unfair, EA better stick to hockey. ps. The graphics are also c-r-a-p. Expand

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