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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. For the authenticity sticklers, you'll be blown away. [Dec 2001, p.164]
  3. FIFA 2002 has consciously observed the strategy and brilliant mix of simulation and arcade gameplay within Konami’s ISS series and, in doing so, has made the FIFA series infinitely more approachable for the gamer who would never look at the licensed game, preferring to bury himself in ISS.
  4. 85
    It still has some ways to go before it replaces Konami's series ["ISS Pro Evolution"] in the hearts and minds of many soccer diehards, but as is FIFA Soccer 2002 is a splendid soccer title.
  5. The most authentic feeling (not to mention the prettiest) soccer sim on the market. [Jan 2002, p.78]
  6. What makes Fifa stand out the most is the fact that they're so many options and tournaments to choose from that I lost count.
  7. Fifa 2002 certainly isn’t as bad as last year’s version, but when push comes to illegal slide tackle, it’s not a great deal better and still doesn’t even come close to "ISS PE1" let alone "ISSPE2" in terms of realism, depth, and fun-factor, and both of those games are for the PSOne!

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. RafaelR.
    Jan 19, 2002
    10
    Great graphics and the celebrations are really real. Buy it!!!
  2. RhysD.
    Jun 11, 2002
    10
    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 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
    10
    I don't even like soccer, and yet this game rocks!
  4. AndyP.
    Nov 10, 2001
    9
    Exceptionally good... nice graphics, different gameplay options, and muhc better than previous versions. Buy it !
  5. Mar 26, 2015
    7
    This is a really good soccer game but there are some things missing. The graphics are really good but the computer has a really big advantageThis is a really good soccer game but there are some things missing. The graphics are really good but the computer has a really big advantage over you. there are a lot of special moves that are almost impossible to do which the computer will do very easily. Also you can't really see everything you need to be able to pass to your players, there's a lot of different camera angles but none of them are perfect. The computer will see a lot of excellent passes that you won't be able to see. It is a fun game to play with your friends. I'm being a little strict on it because it is a good game to play but those things did bother me when I played it. Expand
  6. Elmo
    Feb 1, 2002
    3
    After playing Pro Evolution this game just doesn't prove to be much cop. The players look odd. It plays clunky and i've been a fan After playing Pro Evolution this game just doesn't prove to be much cop. The players look odd. It plays clunky and i've been a fan of FIFA for years. This one let me down and now i'm a P.E.S. fan. Expand
  7. GeorgeP.
    Jun 17, 2002
    0
    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 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

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