Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
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  1. 91
    Shrinks the field, boosts the action and scoring, and its multiplay makes for a party that's even more fun than passing around pitchers in a sports bar at seven in the morning.
  2. 90
    Even punters of the GameCube version will find a host of new options in this Xbox incarnation—most notably extra players and multiplayer games.
  3. Xbox owners interested in a fast-paced, funny sports game with plenty of personality and deceptively deep gameplay shouldn't think twice about picking up Soccer Slam.
  4. Because of its simplicity, it doesn't take much sports knowledge to pick up and play, and that's a major reason why I loved it.
  5. 83
    Soccer Slam is fast and it arrives with enough personality to even appeal to all you jaded Americans who still think soccer is for moms and your little brother.
  6. Ain't half bad. Soccer Slam scores a goal for anyone looking for some lighthearted action
  7. At first glance, it appears to be a shallow, silly game with lots of action and eye candy. But it's also a relatively complex sports game requiring just the right mix of skill and reflexes.
  8. Better than Midway’s "RedCard," and more violent than the average ice hockey game, Sega Soccer Slam is pure arcade fun, albeit not very long-lived.
  9. A refreshing change from FIFA et al. It is easy to get into but addictive enough to keep you coming back for more.
  10. 80
    Although it could use a tad more variety regarding game options, it's a brilliant start to the franchise and one of Xbox's best single-machine multiplayer games.
  11. Play Magazine
    THe matches are totally chaotic and a little bit out of control, but the game is an absolute blast to play, far more like an arcade game than most modern sports titles. [Sept 2002, p.73]
  12. Official Xbox Magazine
    The look of the game is quite stylized, and it works very well, while learning the controls takes little time. [Oct 2002, p.108]
  13. Its only real problem is the fact that it isn't a whole lot different from "NHL Hitz."

Awards & Rankings

#53 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
#44 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Mar 6, 2012
    One of my favorite titles ever, the gameplay is really funny, I don't be a fan of the soccer games but this title is incredible, the crazyOne of my favorite titles ever, the gameplay is really funny, I don't be a fan of the soccer games but this title is incredible, the crazy characters wow, all be amazing in this game. SEGA Soccer Slam is a great classic. Full Review »
  2. Jim
    Aug 9, 2007
    The best sports game on xbox, but hard to get your hands on it these days. If you can find it get it. (works on 360 also).
  3. Uter
    Jan 14, 2004
    It's a great game. The characters are so fun. The only drawback is that it's a little simple.