Excerpt: I have to admit, although I played the latest Gameday, I had sworn off 989 Sports until they showed a genuine interest in improving their lineup of sports games. So when World Tournament Soccer 2002 hit the stores I didn't even blink. I saw some people saying it was pretty good and that it was actually done by a group out of England called Team Soho, so I had to see for myself.
Excerpt: Despite being almost a year and a half old, the North American PlayStation 2 has yet to receive a soccer game from any developer besides EA. And while the FIFA series has always succeeded in supplying an adequate game of "footie," the hard-core soccer fan--like any good fanatic--is always looking for grass-in-the-eyes realism. It is with this in mind that Sony has decided to publish World Tour Soccer 2002 in the US under the 989 Sports banner.
Excerpt: Soccer video games have always been an interesting sport because the camera needs to be so far away from the field that player models have never really been graphically all that good (compared to some other sports titles). 989 Sports introduces this year's World Tour Soccer , and it takes advantage of some of the PS2's potential. Player models look as nice as the field itself.
Excerpt: Sony has got to be the best game developer in the world. I expected them to make great, innovative games like ICO and Gran Turismo 3, but I never once thought that Sony or any other developer would make a soccer game this good. I'm not a big fan of soccer games, or at least I wasn't a fan until I played World Tour Soccer 2002. The gameplay is so far beyond what the competition has to offer that it doesn't even feel like a soccer game. It's so much better than the rest.