Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Graphically, it is a step above the PS2 as there is less flicker in the background and less aliasing in general. It is missing the graphical improvements given the Xbox version, however.
  2. The worst thing about this game is that saving a season fills up every last inch of space on the ill-named Memory Card 59.
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    It takes sound football strategy and patience to be successful, so when you finally beat the game on All-Pro mode, you know you’ve accomplished something big. [Feb 2002, p.164]
  4. 100
    Madden NFL 2002 not only plays an incredibly deep and solid game of football, but it showcases the system's versatility for handling a fast-paced sports simulation.
  5. Game Informer
    But believe it or not, I had a problem with GC’s controller. [Feb 2002, p.87]
  6. As great a game of football as nearly any fan of the series could hope for, and while it focuses on technical and simulation elements a bit more than the other games on the market, the game stays true to the Madden name.
  7. Harder to control than it should be. I love both the Xbox and GC controllers (a rarity, since most gamers like one, but hate the other), but Madden was not developed for either of them.
  8. If you have the PS2 version of the game, it may not be money well spent trying to gain some visual improvements at the cost of some game speed and a more convoluted control scheme.
  9. 100
    But what really takes Madden forward are the great extras, which this year include a Two-Minute Drill mini-game, create-a-player, -team, or –league modes, Coach’s Challenge, and more.
  10. 87
    A port of the already-released PlayStation 2 game, but for once it's an improved version at that.
  11. Nintendo Power
    It's so comfortable! When I fire up the PS2 version, I find myself wishing there was a way to connect the GCN Controller. [Nov 2001, p.141]
  12. Its game play is just sick and that’s combined with some fine graphics and awesome off field depth.

Awards & Rankings

#19 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Justin
    Feb 19, 2002
    this is an awEsome game. If you like football games, buy this one. i still play it all the time and I've had it for quite a while.