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8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

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  • Summary: The industry football standard returns featuring the Houston Texans, new player face and body technology, the ability to create your own team with custom helmets, uniforms, and stadiums, and a new training mode that let's you learn from Madden, the master himself.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 100
    This year's real highlight for Madden madmen is the buffed out A.I.: On defense, the game reacts more rapidly than ever to your offensive tendencies and in particular makes tough half time adjustments.
  2. 100
    Even though the competition has weakened in recent years, the "Madden" series is at the top of its game, and this is close to perfection.
  3. From player ratings, to defensive-back AI, to ball physics, they've made a lot of smart adjustments to the game that may go unnoticed by many gamers, but are a joy to discover for savvy football gamers.
  4. It is a bit disappointing. Even still, the game manages to one-up last year's Madden in most categories.
  5. With the lone exception of the commentary, Madden 2002 represents a substantial upgrade from last year’s version and a worthy purchase for football fanatics everywhere, with beefed-up graphics and improved gameplay in several key areas.
  6. Encompasses just about everything a pigskin fan could want in a football game, from the outstanding presentation to the solid mechanics. Though it isn't perfect, it's very good.
  7. It's Madden's inherently deep replay value that makes the game a real value for the dollar. Couple that with excellent pass execution, solid football strategies and integration with rosters from the graduates of NCAA 2002 and you have very deep, solid, although somewhat aged game of professional football.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. LorenzoT.
    Aug 24, 2001
    10
    EA, you did it again.
  2. MichaelC.
    Aug 23, 2001
    10
    After playing every football game since "1st & 10" in the early 80's, Madden 2002 for PS2 is by far the best football game ever. A must-have.
  3. WesB.
    Aug 17, 2002
    10
    Dude, this game kills. Maybe best game I ever played.
  4. DaleB.
    Aug 27, 2001
    10
    I bought this game recently and let me tell you this is the best PS2 Game to come out yet. Most Def. A best buy.
  5. AdamT.
    Jan 27, 2002
    10
    This game is by far the best, when the internet feature comes out for PS2 it will be unstoppable.
  6. T.W.
    Mar 6, 2002
    10
    I was a loyal Gameday holdout until I tried this. I can't stand Madden and Summeral, but this game is so close to controlling live I was a loyal Gameday holdout until I tried this. I can't stand Madden and Summeral, but this game is so close to controlling live action, it's amazing. I'd love to see them add a "design your own plays" feature, and beef up the closing speed for ceratin defensers... otherwise, it's as good as it gets! Collapse
  7. SmithersC.
    Oct 6, 2001
    7
    Just shut off the commentary and you're set. Needs new tackling system, missing some key historic players on Madden cards.

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