FIFA Soccer 2002 PlayStation 2

Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. With the addition of enhanced graphics, as well as an all-new passing system, fans of soccer will find that this latest FIFA game is the most challenging, most realistic, and also the greatest yet.
  3. The result is a next generation soccer game that is enjoyable to play and more importantly, an accurate simulation of how the game is actually played by the pros.
  4. Game Informer
    80
    FIFA still does soccer best, but there is room for improvement. [Dec 2001, p.93]
  5. 90
    An absolutely gorgeous game, packing in fantastic animations, lavish player models, and stadiums with cool details like flags waving in the stands.
  6. The thing that stands out the most is the commentary, which is usually a weak part to most sports games.
  7. 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.
  8. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    90
    For the authenticity sticklers, you'll be blown away. [Dec 2001, p.164]
  9. 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.
  10. The simple fact that you must now “work” to get a pass through really makes the game lean more toward the simulation nature. Passes no longer go directly to the teammate but rather in the general area, which reminds me of real soccer games.
  11. 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.
  12. The best soccer game available. Despite the control flaws and graphic blemishes this game is a marvelous presentation of soccer, albeit slightly watered down for the masses.
  13. Next Generation Magazine
    80
    The most authentic feeling (not to mention the prettiest) soccer sim on the market. [Jan 2002, p.78]
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#35 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. HenryF.
    Mar 4, 2003
    0
    It's a bad bad representation of the beautiful game. A complete bastardization of the sport, makes a nice coaster for your beer though. 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. Full Review »
  3. PESAddict
    Aug 23, 2002
    0
    Even if you don't know a damn about soccer, you still would not expect soccer to behave like in this game. The gameplay is awful. Player Even if you don't know a damn about soccer, you still would not expect soccer to behave like in this game. The gameplay is awful. Player models are disgusting and their faces look like they have genetic problems. Its a shame that even some of the most popular teams in the world do not have full rosters and instead they just have #1, #2 etc. There are the qualifying matches for the world cup, but still there isn't the World Cup. This means that even compared to FIFA RTWC 98, Fifa2002 is just a crap. You will see this game awful even if you're used to playing FIFA games. So any comparison to Konami's supreme Pro Evolution Soccer is just useless. Fifa2002 is aimed for people who enjoy tapping buttons and seeing balls travelling at supersonic speeds in the top of the net, and marvelling at super miracle saves not even superman dreams to do. Pro Evolution Soccer is aimed for those people who know what real soccer means. Full Review »