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1.0 out of 5 stars FIFA 2002 is absolutely rubbish, 5 Nov. 2001
This review is from: FIFA Football 2002 (PS2) (Video Game)
I was desperate to get hold of a footy game having been hugely disappointed by This Is Football 2002 and other titles. I chose FIFA 2002 thinking it's been developed by a British team so they should know their footy given that the original Canadian developers probably do FIFA purely for commercial reasons.
I paid 39.99 for this piece of rubbish. I just can't believe how bad this game is. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. FIFA 2002 is a load of bu***cks. Let's get one thing straight the graphics are very good with detailed but smaller than usual players to the grass and the stadiums. The commentary is very good as well, little repetition during the course of the game but the music is top class not surprising given that it is provided by the Ministry of Sound. The music can be played during the match on top of the commentary and the realistic sound effects which is an ace feature.
You've got your usual league, cup and world cup qualification tournaments. All top club sides and international sides are included.
Where this game completely falls down is in the gameplay. The single most major problem is the camera view. You have about 9 camera views to play the game in but all of them are inadequate. Most people will use the Tele cam which is adjustable by the player but even then it is nigh on impossible to make a well judged pass or tackle when the game is being played on the far touch line as the camera just doesn't zoom in on the action enough. The player movement off the ball is awful as they tend to remain in formation rather than find space so most times you'll lose possession because you can't see any midfield players who remain just off screen so the defence just make long hopeful passes (even after making tactical/formation changes or having the scanner on).
The cross/lob system in this game is atrocious. No matter what you do the crosses tend to have no proper height or direction it's as if the CPU chooses a predefined route for the ball after you pressed left and Cross. You can try and press other buttons or move the analogue stick after making the shot but it makes no difference. What really sums this game up is during certain moments in the game if someone scores from just outside the box the camera isn't able to keep up so all you'll see is the ball bouncing of the net to the ground and totally miss the shot flying into the goal.
I could go on and on about all the problems in FIFA 2002 but my advice to you is don't be fooled by the excellent presentation and poor gimmicks of this EA game. If you do want to buy it then go and pick up the FIFA 2001 and FIFA 2002 boxes, read the descriptions on the back and ask yourself why is it that EA say the same things each year and always disappoint.
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