Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 90
    The Xbox version of 2002 has the sharpest visuals of the three platforms...It would have been nice to have more teams and customizable modes.
  2. A good soccer program, featuring excellent animation and sound and solid game play. If there is a drawback it would be the lack of gaming options.
  3. This game does at times feel a tad slower than Konami's "MLS," but the pace simply suits some gamers better than others. [July 2002, p.78]
  4. 83
    A top-notch effort from start to finish.
  5. 82
    The soccer engine is as solid and refined as ever but this World Cup edition is painfully bereft of features.
  6. The best graphics that I have seen in a soccer game thus far. It really is something to behold.
  7. No other Xbox soccer game comes close to matching World Cup's gameplay, sound, or even graphics.
  8. Evil. That aside, you will get sucked into the hype and love almost every minute. [June 2002, p.82]
  9. The player models are so life like you don’t have to wait for the commentary to know who has the ball. Players like Paul Scholes and Freddy Ljungberg have a distinct look to them.
  10. A good buy for any sports fan, especially because of the excitement, but be warned that you will probably be tired of it before you could say “USA soccer is about to become a power.”
  11. More depth and modes would lift it to stellar heights.
  12. The game is not that difficult, and the only thing you can really unlock is a few extra teams. The game is a little better if you can play it with someone else, but you will become quickly bored with it.
  13. While it may not be the deepest around, FIFA is just plain fun. [Summer 2002, p.92]
  14. Sadly there isn't much there but what there is turns out to be really quite a fun ride.
  15. 67
    Without the hundreds of teams that the "standard" version sports, either mode can get boring. [June 2002, p.58]
  16. A lazy PS2 port. Make no mistake this is a perfectly decent piece of software, but when you handed over your cash for the Xbox you probably weren’t expecting to be playing hand-me-downs from a machine significantly less powerful.
  17. 60
    I give mad props to the guys at EA Sports for creating a game that so accurately captures the atmosphere of the World Cup, the only problem is, that’s all they’ve done.
User Score

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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. PeterA.
    Jul 5, 2002
    A very good game. I have always been a huge FIFA fan and this one more than lives up to its predecesors. The only downside is the lack of A very good game. I have always been a huge FIFA fan and this one more than lives up to its predecesors. The only downside is the lack of options. I always like playing leagues and creating teams. None of that is available in this game. I can't ever seem to make goals with headers either. But still a great great game. Full Review »
  2. Bamerman
    Jun 9, 2002
    The best game.