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This game is a complete waste of money. It's basically a DOWN-GRADE of FIFA 2002, with some changes to make it into the World Cup Edition. FIFA 2002 World Cup only has two modes of play; friendly and World Cup. In friendly mode you can choose between about 35 teams and a selection of stadiums, all of which were part of the World Cup 2002. With friendly you can have upto 4 players if you wish, or you can play against the computer which has a choice of difficulty settings, from Amuteur to World Class. In World Cup you can choose between any of the teams that were in the World Cup 2002, and you will start in the group (with the same teams) as the real World Cup and you will play them at the same times in the same stadium, etc as the real World Cup. One of the major downfalls of FIFA 2002 World Cup is that you can only have 1 player when choosing the World Cup mode. If you win the WC with different teams from different continents you unlock Allstar Teams, for example if you win the WC with England, you win the European Allstars team which consists of the best of the best players from Europe. The thing that makes this game so bad is the fact that you can only choose between 2 modes of play (friendly and WC). You don't have the choice to start a league, a customized cup or training. This game is basically FIFA 2002 with less options. The gameplay is the same as FIFA 2002, as are the graphics. FIFA 2002 offers 1000's of more players 100's of more teams, many more options and modes of play, transfers, player creation and much more. Don't buy the WC edition. You might like the sound of the WC franchise, but the novelty soon wears off. Don't waste your money on the WC edition, just buy FIFA 2002 you will find it much more enjoyable and it will last a hell of alot longer than the WC version. Or better still wait for FIFA 2003 which is due out on the 1st of November.
FIFA 2002, it must be Christmas again, well nearly; no actually this is the summer version, World cup 2002 (FIFA 11, I think). With the world cup we come to expect a new FIFA release, but are these games any good and is this one the best or even better? Well the answer to these questions is this, again it?s better than that years but not in giant leap terms. The game has been completely overhauled in the passing area of things, which is what it needed. Passing is much better, players make runs and so one and passes can be met with these runs there is added satisfaction when that little chiped/flighted ball over the top goes right onto the path of a running player. Runs from players can not bee seen by a dotted line in the path of the player (where he is going to run) this is a little useful, more useful than previous FIFA games but, it just doesn?t seem to work the same as ISS?S through ball system. Of course the game has many other points which have always been the back from FIFA 95. All the players from international and Top division world club football, all the cup and all the official cups and leagues. The FIFA games always had the better stats for the football players when it came to it?s main rival ISS. ISS2 is all about the footie, not so much about the stats. FIFA 2002 on the X-Box boasts the best graphics of all the consoles, well what do you expect it?s one of the very next generation consoles; and you have paid your dosh for it. This game will give you masses of multiplayer fun, all the teams the best commentary, but if it?s football you want stick with ISS2. Better still get a PS2 for Christmas and get Pro Evolution Soccer. FIFA is only good for a laugh, if it?s the single player ?footballing? mode you want the Iss2?s your game. If you just want an arcade, pick up and play kick around then this is for you. Otherwise don't even look at it.. ***FIFA 2002 X-box= RATING 76% ***
Firstly, what attracted me to this game was the event itslef (obviously), i had watched the England v Sweden game when i really had the urge to play a decent footy game, cos in my opinion, thier hasnt been a decent, worhtwhile one since ISS Pro on the PSone. Maybe im wrong, but hey- i thought the fifa games from the last few years have been rather tedious, with an exception of the last World Cup (98) game which was a corker. So, does this game break new ground on footie games, and proove fifa's history of 'so so' attempts on the beautiful game wrong, well the ansewer is Yes, with big But aswell. You begin the game with high resolution menu screens, and are greeted with four main options, 1)Friendly 2)World Cup 3)Options 4)Bonus materials I begun with freindly with a mate, and we were both instantly impressed with the quality or both the graphics and sound effects. The gameplay was good aswell, but its an area of the game which takes a little getting used to, but bear with it- after a few hours the gameplay WILL seem perfect. Sometimes the celebrations after a goal can be very over the top, and when you play it, you will see what i mean, but by no means make it annoying, i think it brings some quality into a game where normally things are depicted by a cardboard crowd and a midi format style roar, which sounds more like a tumble dryer than thousands of fans. However, this is not so in fifa 2002 world cup cos the game looks damn perfect, the players, stadiums and ball physics are all top notch (think the best looking footie game ever made and your on the right track). So, the World Cup mode is no exception in terms of the high standard of quality of the rest of the game, and the bonus materials arnt bad either (thier basically a collection of videos). The downfalls of this is simply simplicity, and lastability. Simplicity because i think thier arnt many modes avialable, and the tactics could of been improved somewhat. And i say lastability cos the game lacks rewards, and you find that you've done everything far too quickly, leaving you with a sense of completion, when you play through as a different team. It must be noted that you DO get three new teams from completing it from the three different areas of the world. Overall then, a decent footie game, but a shame about the length, but it should still satisfy most cos of the decent multi-player mode which adds replayablity somewhat.
Despite EA Sports? annual/biannual unleashing of Fifa clones, I?d heard some good press about this one, tested it in a games store and just had to purchase - what an excellent game I have bought! After an intriguing prologue and introduction comprising of various fascinating football moments and a classical orchestra, one is welcomed by an authentic official Korea Japan pre-menu screen, with a spirited flashing ?press start? animation. I?m in. Not wanting to go straight into the World Cup itself, I took the friendly option, it seemed the least intimidating at the time, and was relieved to find the same insanely brilliant visuals that I?d seen in the store. Good, it plays just as well too! The graphics are, in a word, revolutionary. The Xbox comes into it?s own with visual performance, with this version of Fifa smugly looking over the graphically inferior Game Cube and PS2 games; the stadiums and pitches look authentic ? highly detailed, alive with the crowd and the player animation is particularly fluid and realistic ? although the players heads do take a rather enlarged form when they score and celebrate, but the facial detail is excellent ? Michael Owen would be proud of his polygonal counterpart, and the vibrancy in the colour is fantastic. It?s a pleasure to watch the game as well as play. And it doesn?t half play. This has to be the best Fifa to date in my book, it?s easy to get into but there?s plenty of depth in learning and mastering special moves and skills, as well as all those in game set pieces. A slightly confused free kick system won?t help you achieve Beckham style benders every time, but practice will perfect. There?s a range of passes, the long ball, short one-twos, back heels ? you can even add spin to the ball to guide it round the opposition. Thankfully it?s not as ridiculously easy to score as in past Fifa games - I must have hit the woodwork at least 5 times in a WC final defeat to the hand of Portugal, but again with practice in those friendly matches, you will perfect and become a better player. An excellent feature is the power bar, helping you to get the right weight on your pass or shot, and although upon first glance, the appearance of a red tail on powerful shots and passes might seem a little over the top, it does add to the excitement and shows you when you?ve unleashed a real thumper. Two forms of tackling ? the sliding tackle, or the more conservative, don?t be too reckless, but if you like your ankle breakers then you can always turn the referee strictness down a few notches. Every area of play is well balanced, unbiased and surprisingly engrossing ? much more playable than before. The commentary isn?t quite on a par with the rest of the game despite the inclusion of the ?perfect voice? for commentating in John Motson, but he?s accompanied by Andy Gray, so it doesn?t always seem overly pre-scripted. Saying that, you will learn those regular phrases which pop up every single match, still, as long as you know what you?re doing you shouldn?t really need to be told! The crowd cheers have turned up a level & you?ll actually be able to hear ?one-two!? and alike from the players! The premise of a World Cup football game is purely to win the world cup, and as such EA felt that any other tournament or league options would be out of place on such a game, and thus there?s only the world cup tournament to play, and of course the friendly, but that?s ok ? because the World Cup IS the greatest tournament on earth. 4 levels of ability from beginner to World Class mean you can always retry the competition at a higher standard, and there?s always the friendly multiplayer option. You can fiddle about with the game speed and all sorts of options, unlocking special teams as you progress with different teams in the Cup, there?s plenty to see and do to justify the price. A superb game that I recommend to anyone, especially at this time of the year. < br>
I purchased FIFA 2002 World Cup after reading a lot about it. I also purchased it because i had and really enjoyed World Cup 98 on the PSX. After becoming slightly bored of PES i needed a new football game. FIFA 2002 was supposedly crap and This is Football definitely was crap. I was in need of a lifeline, then along came FIFA 2002 World Cup. I was saved! The graphics are superb, with the player faces looking very realistic. Even if the player names were not there you would still be able to tell who was who just by looking at them. The backgrounds are also very effective, with countries flags being waved and firecrackers going off in the stands. Superb. Computer A.I and gameplay have improved significantly from the previous FIFA titles. Now you can't run 90 yards with a centre back, through all the players and score. Now it's more about well timed and placed passes and through balls. Some teams will have strengths in different areas. This will require an alternative style of play such as the long ball to overcome them. The sound on this game will make full use of your speakers, and surround sound will make you feel like you are actually there. Crowd singing and the pre match fireworks are really effective. The commentary is top notch, being mainly provided by Andy Gray. The lifespan of this game is surprisingly high. Even after you win the world cup with every team, you will still want to have friendlies with all your mates. Other options such as keepie uppie tournaments will also keep you amused for a long period of time. By the time you are bored with this, FIFA 2006 World cup will be out. My favourite thing about this game is the amount of skills, old and new, that are available. Just imagine, you're 5-0 up in the world cup semi final. Beckham back heels the ball to Owen, who flicks up the ball, juggles it on his feet and knees before turning and firing a volley into the roof of the ne t past the German keeper. With a lot of practice, this is all possible, making this game a hell of a lot of fun. The only downpoint is that you are shelling out some £40 for a game that is just the world cup. Some people may prefer to buy FIFA 2002 for the world cup, leagues and more. But if it's quality gameplay and a huge lifespan you're after then FIFA 2002 World cup is definitely the game for you. Absolute quality. FIFA 2002 World cup is available on the following formats :PS2, PSX, XBOX,PC. It is priced at : PS2-£40 PSX-£25 XBOX-£45 PC-£30
As another World Cup approaches, another official Fifa game gets released. 1994, 1998 and now again in 2002 ? and this version?s fantastic. Maybe it?s just me, but I?m sure you?ve noticed a great improvement in EA sport?s games recently & with the latest incarnation of the most popular sports game in the world you will certainly not be disappointed. The first thing you?ll notice is the superb visuals. The Xbox version is the most impressive making use of all those megahertz; player animation is absolutely superb with many famous players having their faces recreated for optimum realism ? out of all the football games around David Beckham looks the most realistic in Fifa without doubt. The stadiums have become more than mere boundaries ? new life breathes from every stand with excellent crowd animation, all the stadiums of course are accurately recreated to look just like the Japan & Korea counterparts ? flags wave, fans jumping up and down, all sorts of paraphernalia going on off the pitch. The colours are wonderful, texturing is first class and pure fluidity of the graphics make the game move onto a whole new level ? just the way the players move its so realistic now. Another aspect that makes Fifa stand out from the crowd is of course the expert commentary from the master John Motson and the bubbling with information Andy Gray. The commentary is fine bar the repetitive comments said in nearly every match (every striker that skies it was obviously thinking of the back page headlines?), but that?s all part of the fun. Crowd sounds and cheers have taken a leap too ? they?ll cheer the names of whichever teams are playing to really add to the atmosphere. Every time the referee stops play or a goal is scored we?re treated to the sounds of a string orchestra, I?m not quite sure why, but it?s a nice inclusion. Fifa World cup is instantly playable, meaning everyone can pick up and play, but there?re enough special moves a skills to hone to keep the very best players happy, the controls are easy to learn, star players (e.g. Beckham, Owen and Gerrard from England) have their own unique skill and generally everything just plays so well, it can only mean promising things for Fifa 2003? The comet style tail on fully powered shots looks a little gimmicky to begin with, but it?ll become second nature to see a red flashing ball fly into the back of the net from time to time. I love the way you can add spin to your pass or shot ? recreating those Beckham free kicks ? oh yes! The game just plays so much better than even Fifa 2002, although that was on the PS2, but still there?s a lot to congratulate EA for with the latest edition. From the kick off to the final whistle just watching the game is entertaining, yet alone playing it. The tackling system is fine too, with two styles; sliding and conservative, insane score-lines won?t occur in every second game, you won?t score every time, but when you do its very rewarding ? funny too with the replays and player celebrations; for some reason their heads suddenly become over inflated! Maybe some kind of ego joke EA? It?s all about the world cup as you?ll know, it?s great to be playing in the actual stadiums, against the actual real life times you?d be playing in the group stage, and then progressing to the final levels. With four modes of difficulty you can keep on coming back for more world cups to see how good you really are. Winning the world cup will also unlock secret teams such as the European all Stars ? so there?s plenty of reply value, even if you?re just playing a mate or the computer in a friendly. Speaking of which, the AI has improved too, making the whole gameplay experience more exciting. Sort out the oversized heads, do something with those ?crazy eyes? and hollow teeth and the next Fifa could be incredible! There?re no club teams, but for the ultimate virtual World Cup experience look no further than this supreme console game! Get it now!
I am not a huge sports sim fan, I tend not to like playing them as I would prefer to play it in real life, But... The game starts with a beautiful intro using actual video footage and real live sound, not some of the computer generated doodah that's around nowadays. Then up comes a screen with the annoying press start... "I've already pushed start you glorified doorstop" you yell at the screen, and then five options appear. FRIENDLY - This is a one-off match between two countries, you are shown the ranking of the chosen country on the side of the screen. WORLD CUP - This is the pretty basic world cup rules competition. In this, each team that you win the cup with will open up a special bonus content item, such as a team or a stadium. And the obvious SETTINGS and LOAD GAME. But here comes the ultimate feature of this game that I particularly like... BONUS MATERIAL. This option allows you to watch some interviews with ordinary people about the world cup in general, and even specifically with issues such as EVERYONE'S GAME where the camera keeps changing location from the east back to the west and to many different countries and shows how football draws forth the emotions and passions. There is also CO-HOSTING where people in KOREA/JAPAN state their opinions about the co-hosting of the world cup. These are real videos and play back wiht stunning regularity and smoothness. It shows exactly what the X-box is capable of. Now we come to the gameplay... I cannot exactly say for sure but I personally found this game to be a fantasticly set up game. Although I still have the tendancy to mix up the keys (come back to that later) I still managed to put six goals past brazil and then 8 goals past slovenia in the final (okay, okay it WAS on easy, but remember I don't play games like this usually). The graphics are outstanding, it's not the cut scenes like celebrations where i t shines it is in the movement and smoothness of all the actions on the pitch in real time (movement in the celebrations as well). The players will lunge for the ball and then roll on the floor if they get hurt. Also it is the first game I have seen the actual ref on the pitch in! He can get in the way of the ball and everything. Ideas, I have not played this agme enough to tell you of all the little insights, but I have not seen them all, there is a feature where the best players have stars affixed to their names and this allows them to shoot the ball really hard, with a stream of red coming off it. This is not particularly good feature but it's there. Another idea is that you can jolly your way through the world cup and while doing so find the best set up for your team and then using the same set up, go to the friendlies, and using that arrangement beat seven bells out of the team of your choice. This is a good feature as sometimes you forget to change your team before entering the friendlies. Controls... TO be honest I have seen a few worse and a lot better... The simple answer to a question regarding the quality of control would be, Great, the power bar is easy to see (not a piddling line underneath everything else as tends to occur on a few other games), the response is superb as soon as you touch that button, the shot is being prepared until you set the power. I cannot praise the sensitivity enough, it allows even an unexperienced sports sim player to pull off some great passes and shots. A huge drawback is however that you cannot change the controls at all. you can't change one lousy button. This gets annoying when you get into the box with a superb cross and the player selected heads the ball over the net as you pressed X instead of B. Then putting spin on the ball has never been easier, the trigger buttons underneath have all the spin you need, and as they're pressure sensitive (thank god for that) you can bend the ball les s or more than usual. All in all an absolutely fantastic game and an ideal world cup game for the non-initiated wrt sorts sims. Although in concurrence with another op writer I couldn't and probably wouldn't say this was the best footie game ever... I can say it is my favorite so far and a great starter game.
Erm - no. Don't get me wrong, this is a beautiful looking game, and the playability factor is great too - but it's just not BIG enough for me. I bought this ten days ago along with my brand new Xbox and could hardly wait to tear the game out of the box. Ten days on, and I haven't played it in 4 days - now that's not right is it!? This game has beautiful graphics and excellent commentary by John Motson and Andy Gray as summariser, and by starting at novice level you will be smacking in 4 or 5 goals a game after your 3rd or 4th game with a half-decent team. But as a recent devotee of I.S.S. on the N64, this game just hasn't grabbed me as much as I expected. The facial similarities to the top players, the stadiums, the celebrations, the sound - even the realism of the actual play - are all top notch, however the big problem with this game is the longevity factor - apart from a friendly, your only option is to start directly in the World Cup, so at the most you have only 7 games from start to finish (3 group games, last 16, quarter final, semi final then final). There is no option to play any other international tournaments like the European Championships or African Nations Cup, no World League, no club teams, no facility to adjust existing players or create your own player - and lets face it, there's nothing better than creating some superstar striker, giving him your own name, and bursting the net against your bitterest rivals, is there? OK I realise that this is an officially licensed game, but I would happily trade all the spot-on player names and official sponsors advertising hoardings trackside for more features. I'm afraid movies of John Motson giving his opinions of the host countries and clips of different supporters telling you why football is so great gets rather boring after about...oh, I dunno - two minutes? Mind you, the two Man U fans singing "Follow, follow, follow - coz United are going to Glasgow&quo t; is quite a funny little piece, especially now they're...erm...not. Unless they've got a pre-season friendly arranged against Partick Thistle? Once you have won the World Cup with three teams from each of the followin regions - Europe, Americas and Asia - you are able to select an all-star team from the appropriate area. Obviously, though, they can't compete in a World Cup so this can only be used in a friendly match. Ho hum. This is possible to do in about an hour and that's your lot - fully expanded to its maximum capabilities. For a console with the power available that the Xbox has, this game is a bit like taking your Ferrari to the shops for a pint of milk and wheelspinning away from the lights - some people might think it's a bit flash, but no real point to it. Save your money for I.S.S. and pray it's better than this, or if I haven't convinced you...you can buy my copy for half price ;o)
Features official FIFA World Cup insignia, mascots and the 20 new World Cup stadiums in Japan and Korea; Includes all the World Cup star players' looks and playing styles; New gameplay delivers intuitive one-button headers volleys scissor kicks juggling.