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2002 FIFA World Cup
2002 FIFA World Cup Coverart.jpg
North American PC cover art
Developer(s) EA Canada
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, Nintendo GameCube
Release date(s) PS2 & Xbox
NA April 22, 2002
PAL April 26, 2002
JP May 2, 2002
PC & PS
PAL April 26, 2002
NA April 30, 2002
GameCube
NA April 30, 2002
JP May 2, 2002
PAL May 3, 2002
Genre(s) Sports game
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) ELSPA: 3+
ESRB: Everyone
Media CD-ROM
DVD-ROM

2002 FIFA World Cup is the official World Cup game published by EA Sports.

An amalgamation between the game engines of FIFA 2002 and FIFA 2003, the game still incorporates the power bar for shots and crosses but with a steeper learning curve and higher chances of being penalized by the match referee. The national team kits are accurate along with player likeness and the stadia of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Unlike the previous games in the FIFA series, the game had an original soundtrack performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. It was released for Windows, PS1, PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox.

Contents

Lawsuit

Bayern Munich and German international goalkeeper Oliver Kahn successfully sued Electronic Arts for their inclusion of him in the game without his prior consent despite EA reaching an agreement with FIFPro, the body that represents all FIFA players. As a result, EA was banned from selling copies of the game in Germany and was forced to financially compensate Kahn.[1]

Teams

The game features every team that qualified for the 2002 World Cup:

 Korea Republic
 Japan
 Argentina
 Brazil
 Ecuador
 Paraguay
 Uruguay
 Mexico
 United States
 Costa Rica
 Saudi Arabia
 China PR
 Cameroon
 Nigeria
 Senegal
 South Africa
 Tunisia
 Belgium
 Croatia
 Denmark
 England
 France
 Germany
 Italy
 Portugal
 Poland
 Republic of Ireland
 Russia
 Slovenia
 Spain
 Sweden
 Turkey


As well as nine others who did not:

 Australia
 Austria
 Czech Republic
 Finland
 Greece
 Israel
 Norway
 Scotland
 Switzerland

Reception

2002 FIFA World Cup received fairly positive reviews. Gamespot gave the GameCube version 7.4, while IGN gave it a 8.2/10. Gamerankings gave it 80%.

References

  1. ^ newsfox.digest
Preceded by
1998 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup Official Licenced Video Game
2002
Succeeded by
2006 FIFA World Cup

See Also

List of PlayStation 2 games

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