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  Tuesday, 30 April, 2002, 13:11 GMT 14:11 UK
Let's play: 2002 FIFA World Cup
BBC Sport Online reviewer David Gibbon gives the thumbs up to the official video game for the World Cup.

As the clock ticks down, the prospect of watching the greatest football tournament in the world becomes ever more real.

Days off work, sacked employees, it's inevitable really.

And while many are sure to get the chop for throwing a sickie to watch it on TV - many more will be staying away to play their very own tournament.

  2002 FIFA World Cup
Format: PlayStation 2
Price: 44.99
Publisher: EA Sports
Genre: Football
Also Available: PlayStation, X-Box, PC CD-Rom - Gamecube version released 3 May

2002 Fifa World Cup is the official video game for the tournament, brought to you by the masters - EA Sports.

Of all the games due for release at the moment, this is the one that everyone really wants.

The chance to play in a virtual World Cup is just too tempting - and no doubt this title will be winging its way to the top of the charts from kick-off.

The title features over 70 official licences - which in itself is an amazing feat.

For this, you get everything - real players, kits, stadiums, cities. You name it - this has it.

As you might expect, it's essentially an updated version of EA's best-selling FIFA franchise.

2002 FIFA World Cup
The players are very realistic

The presentation and visuals are simply astounding. Nothing of this quality has ever appeared in a football video game.

The build-up to each match perfectly captures the atmosphere and sense of occasion.

There's tons of match facts on offer, excellent commentary, crowd celebrations and more.

But it's the players themselves that will really knock you out.

Each one is so well drawn and animated, it's hard to believe you are not watching a video.

Owen, Beckham, Figo, Zidane - they are all here - and all dead ringers for the real thing.

The game plays much like FIFA 2002, but new tackle and barging moves make it a much tougher version of the beautiful game.

  Gibbon's verdict
Graphics: 94%
Playability: 88%
Sound: 73%
Realism: 88%
Overall: 88%

It also features the much hyped Air Play system, allowing you to pre-control the ball in the air - from a lay-off to a team mate, to a lightning-quick turn.

There is also a Star Play system - where each team is allocated a set number of star players.

They are always the best on the pitch - and when they have the ball something special usually occurs.

Although the AI isn't perfect - particularly as far as the goalkeepers are concerned - this official World Cup game is a fantastic way to celebrate a fantastic tournament.

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