Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    Totally revamped from the ground up, and it shows. Great graphics and the best gameplay the series has seen in years.
  2. The controls have been totally overhauled, and you now have an unprecedented level of influence over the ball. [Dec 2002, p.160]
  3. The most realistic and technically advanced soccer game to date. It's almost too real. [Dec 2002, p.91]
  4. "Pro Evo" is still the better game, and will last you longer, but FIFA is arguably the sweeter experience in the short term. FIFA’s presentation, style and gameplay are all great, but "Pro Evolution Soccer 2" gives the hardcore footy fan the chance to really live out their footy fantasies.
  5. 90
    The improvements in the gameplay department went a long way towards making this the most realistic footie game to ever grace a next-generation console.
  6. It’s hard not to enjoy FIFA 2003 and, though not in the same league as "Pro Evolution Soccer" in terms of gameplay, for the gamer who wants the most atmospheric and authentic football experience there is no equal on PS2.
  7. An excellent game that will appeal to any soccer fan who prefers realism to the fast-paced, high-scoring style of other soccer games.
  8. The control system just isn't up to scratch and this makes passing the ball a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack.
  9. 83
    The new look, improved AI, updated rosters and better physics are definitely worth the price of admission.
  10. A new control scheme has been put into place that greatly affects how FIFA is played, but it doesn't quite deliver.
  11. The framerate troubles are disappointing. [Holiday 2002, p.54]
  12. It suited my short passing style (didn’t much fancy 2002 tho) and there were just a few niggles with the gameplay that left you feeling this could have been better.
  13. The AI is a glaring problem in an otherwise great game.
  14. The slick presentation, amazing visuals and authenticity do a great job of sucking you in, however those who’ve sampled the delights of "Pro Evo" will soon been yearning for the realistic and intuitive controls and gameplay of Konami’s match winner.
  15. A fun game. But it is not as good a simulation of soccer as it could be. Too much of the gameplay feels scripted, and although you can pull off some beautiful moves, the unexpected occurs far too seldom.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Fifaplayer
    Apr 9, 2004
    9
    Fantastic game the players are the same like the real......they doing tricks, like zidane do....I enjoy playing it very much.
  2. RockyB.
    Sep 10, 2003
    9
    Best soccer game ever. Best soccer graphics ever. Its a shame that the passing isn't good, it really pisses me off how you contiuly pass Best soccer game ever. Best soccer graphics ever. Its a shame that the passing isn't good, it really pisses me off how you contiuly pass to the other team, when there is a free man right next to you. I the passing was better this game would be unstoppable. Full Review »
  3. Smokesumon
    May 28, 2003
    10
    You're all on crack. This game is the sh.t. This sh.t is the sh.t. You guys must not play soccer in real life because if you did then You're all on crack. This game is the sh.t. This sh.t is the sh.t. You guys must not play soccer in real life because if you did then you would know that this game is the best one out. Full Review »