Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
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  1. We're floored by the effort; if EA Sports can fix a few minor niggles and implement ongoing audiovisual upgrades, we expect big things from the series.
  2. The graphics are excellent and the gameplay is challenging enough to make it feel more like a sim than arcade game.
  3. Game Informer
    Some hefty load times and dekes awkwardly mapped to the d-pad are my only major complaints in what is otherwise an excellent handheld presentation of the sport. [May 2005, p.136]
  4. When all is said and done, then, FIFA Soccer for the PSP is not only a great portable sports game, but a great sports game in its own right.
  5. Speaking of depth, FIFA for the PSP gives gamers just about everything you would want in a soccer title.
  6. Bottom line, the game is fun to play. It is one of the reasons I do split time playing FIFA and MLS.
  7. The analog stick is not the PSP’s best friend where FIFA Soccer is concerned but other than that the game flows nicely once you get the hang of things.
  8. 80
    The PSP's 16:9 aspect ratio inherently allows for a broad perspective, which serves the dual purpose of providing more impressive visuals and enabling players to follow more of the action than a 4:3 screen would allow.
  9. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    The create-a-player mode is surprisingly deep and offers you a wealth of options. [July 2005, p.79]
  10. Control issues, lagging response time and a rushed-to-market feel water-down what should have been the best soccer game on PSP.
  11. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    There's no franchise mode, but I'll swap wireless multiplay for that any day. [May 2005, p.96]
  12. PSM Magazine
    One puzzling omission is a full career mode. [July 2005, p.86]
  13. I’d hate to play this on anything smaller than the PSP screen. EA seems determined to bring their entire console sports line-up over to the PSP as quickly as possible, but I think in their haste they are letting way too many bugs slip through.
  14. They can reduce the load times, clean up the graphics, and iron out the little mechanical issues in the game, they’ll have themselves a solid soccer game. Right now, it’s just an average title.
  15. netjak
    Aside from the actual soundtrack, on the pitch noises are quite fine. Commentating is good and keeps up rather well with the action.
  16. 70
    The polish wears bit thin in the control department, but soccer fans will find plenty of meat to chew on here.
  17. 70
    The pieces are here there's just not enough polish and attention to detail to make this a heavyweight PSP soccer game.
  18. One of FIFA’s biggest strengths is its audio. From the announcing team of John Motson and Ally McCoist, to the eclectic mix of artists in the EA Trax, everything is top-notch.
  19. It had the potential to be one of the best titles on PSP, but it's marred by a dodgy control system. Agonising loading times and graphical glitches mean this is for undiscerning footie nuts only. [PSM2]
  20. 60
    The career mode found in the console versions is sorely missed, the visuals during the close-up views could be better, and the graphics could run much smoother.
  21. Cheat Code Central
    My complaints stem from the control system. It's unresponsive, causing timing delays that require you to choose your actions well before they actually appear onscreen making this more of a game of strategy than reflex.
  22. Pelaaja (Finland)
    PSP’s FIFA doesn’t suffer as much from the design flaws, as it does from technical ones. The loading times are incredibly long and just changing players or tactics during the match is a chore. On the field the game works almost better than the home console versions. Wireless multiplayer is especially fun, even though the frame rate takes a performance hit. [Sept 2005, p 61]
  23. The effective loss of the "First Touch" control due to it's placement on the D-pad is a major blow to this game, and the frustration is only exacerbated by the graphic hiccups and long load times.

Awards & Rankings

#16 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
#14 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. MechyslavP.
    Oct 15, 2005
    Awesome game.
  2. MervV.
    Sep 26, 2005
    Good game ez to learn but teams are out of date now roll on pro evolution.
  3. E.P.
    Aug 24, 2005
    It's probably the best soccer game you'll find on ANY handheld so you can't expect something that you play on the consoles.