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  • Summary: Master the fundamentals of soccer in FIFA Soccer 2003. With more ball control and player moves, this year's FIFA Soccer puts the The Total Club Championship within your grasp. Unleash the skills of the world's greatest players through new player animations and signature skill moves. Experience pressure-cooker atmospheres as you take on Europe's elite teams in their own stadiums featuring actual team chants and songs. EA Sports Freestyle Control lets you produce a feint, one-touch pass, or skill move to leave your opponents standing. Expand
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  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 most realistic and technically advanced soccer game to date. It's almost too real. [Dec 2002, p.91]
  3. Soccer fans will appreciate the added realism, but casual fans will probably see more of the same game as last year’s version.
  4. 85
    Probably the best pure soccer game yet -- the best since the series moved into 3D.
  5. 84
    There are still major holes like an underutilized Freestyle Control system, no non-competitive game modes and a lack of customization features (no create-an-anything or weather/time of day control) holding FIFA back from being the definitive soccer game.
  6. Perhaps the most exciting alteration in gameplay is a ball that's no longer glued to your boot. [Winter 2002, p.108]
  7. If you are outside the U.S. and have access to "Winning Eleven" or "Pro Evolution Soccer" this game isn’t going to impress you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. PeterC.
    Oct 27, 2003
    10
    This is the best game in the world I love it. It is so realistic.This game changed my life. If this game is so good. Imagen how good the 2004 game will be. I'm good at this game it's not too hard it's not too easy. This game is awesome. Thank who ever made this game. This game deserves a 10. Expand
  2. MatC.
    Dec 30, 2002
    9
    Hey - it's not perfect. But if you're into a solid title that you can win or lose, and it depends on how well you play, this is for you. It's all about club teams, and the play by play is solid but nothing spectacular. Try it in spanish play-by-play for authenticity!! Anyhow, it's the best there is now, and it's really pretty good. Great replay value. =) Expand
  3. NickL.
    Nov 12, 2002
    9
    It's good i just wish they would have put the moves in the book.
  4. MikeK.
    May 2, 2003
    9
    Great game, much improved animation, gameplay, AI. Player faces not as good as last year but a good sacrafice for having over 250 teams compared to last years 60. Still needs a weather options mode, and a possible comeback of indoor mode. Expand
  5. PhilB.
    Jan 6, 2003
    6
    Why get this when you can get Pro Evolution Soccer 2? (Winning Eleven) the difference is so obvious after playing Pro Evo 2 a lot then playing this. In short it sucks. Buy Pro Evo 2. Expand
  6. JeffA.
    Mar 26, 2003
    5
    5 out of 10 seems fair. The graphics are top notch and the gameplay and A.I. is solid. Would have been a perfect game if only there was a Create a Player mode and being Canadian it's upsetting to see the Canadian team left out. Expand
  7. NikB.
    Dec 11, 2002
    4
    Found this very disappointing in comparison to the other EA titles. its become too hard to score, which takes away so much of the fun.. u end up just running around the pitch in circles. there are no extra features (unlike madden 2003), and i traded this in after 2 days. Expand