2002 FIFA World Cup - PlayStation

Also known as: FIFA World Cup 2002

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2002 FIFA World Cup (PlayStation)
Also for: PC, PS2, Xbox, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Sport: Football - Soccer
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Electronic Arts Soft. Co.: Electronic Arts
Publishers: Electronic Arts (GB)
Released: 26 Apr 2002 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Features: Vibration Compatible
Accessories: Analogue JoyPad, Memory Card


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A select group of bizarrely-coiffured men in expensive sportswear have battled long and hard to reach 2002’s World Cup Finals. Thanks to the good folk at Electronic Arts, you can plug in your console and do the same, but without the mud, the blood and the tears, with 2002 FIFA World Cup for the PlayStation.

This officially sanctioned game plunges you straight into the finals: you have the choice of any team you fancy, as long as it’s from the 32 available. Yeah, we know 32 teams is more than the total that qualified for Japan and Korea, but you do get to choose some of your favourites (hello Scotland, hola Costa Rica) who missed out on the real thing.

Gameplay options are limited to one-off friendlies or the tournament itself, but this is not a criticism of 2002 FIFA World Cup. Like it says on the wrapper, and all that…

Gamers familiar with the previous FIFA titles from EA will be comforted to know that there hasn’t been much of a change in the control method for this year’s version. There are, however, one or two tweaks and tucks that have been implemented to bring out the best in your team. Star Players (the ones with the stars above their heads. Duh!) are the individuals who can turn a game, and almost every team has at least one or two. As long as these guys are in your starting line-up, you can take on the world with confidence. There’s enough difference in the three difficulty settings to ensure longevity too. A word of warning to FIFA newcomers: start with the easiest option and you won’t make yourself look foolish in front of your friends. Ah yes, your friends! 2002 FIFA World Cup can be an absolute riot in multi-player, so get the multi-tap and extra controllers warmed up.

So, if you’re like us, and can’t wait for the real thing to start, you really should get yourself a copy of this game. If, by the time the tournament proper comes around, you’re not satisfied with your team’s performance, write your own story with 2002 FIFA World Cup.