*Review based on the GameCube version* This is the ultimate Korea/Japan 2002 Fifa World Cup video game. The spectacular intro. makes you dream about the unique World Cup experience.
But sadly, this video game only delivers half the expectations. True, the graphics are SPECTACULAR; I mean, impressive. The Action camera angles are great, dynamic, spectacular, and truly captures the essence of a world cup. The sound effects are also great! You can great chants from the crows, players and crow shouting, and best of all, the narrator and commentator say most of the players' names whenever they touch the ball. The players look really like the real life players so you have an ultimate experience in graphics, sound, and atmosphere. A detail that I love and always sends me shivers is the Fifa anthem that plays before any match starts. It's a great detail. The stadiums are exact replica and are a delight to watch. Also, the day, night, and noon atmospheres are candy for the eye. You won't be disappointed on this aspect.
Sadly, the problem with this game are the awful controls. The playing experience isn't as half as good as the visuals or atmosphere. You don't have full control of your players and that affects the experience; mostly if you like aggressive strategies or quick touches. There's an option that enables a turbo mode. I totally recommend it because otherwise the game's speed is slow and boring.
Also, the game is way too easy to beat even on World Class! So you won't have emotions, thrills, or difficult matches. If you play with Argentina, France, or Brazil you will get really bored.
Overall this is a great soccer game that has a unique atmosphere. It totally captures the whole World Cup experience, believe me. But if you are an avid and expert soccer video gamer, you will be hughly disappointed.
Recommend only when you want to remember about Korea/Japan 2002.
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