Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. 90
    The best college football game ever made and has more replay value than you could ever hope for in a $50 purchase.
  2. Certain gameplay issues aside, as with its NFL counterpart, NCAA Football 2002 is oozing with a variety of features and gameplay options.
  3. These goodies, along with the title's speed, really gave me a sense of the college game. Whether you compare it to the pros or not, it's hard to ask for more.
  4. This game is all around faster (than "Madden 2001") which makes the controls feel even tighter.
  5. 88
    Light years ahead of "GameBreaker 2001," and, for all its faults, is still a game that most PS2 owners -- myself included -- will thoroughly enjoy.
  6. The animations are so stellar, I don't know where to begin. Just about every action in the game has a well-implemented animation that will knock your helmet off.
  7. 90
    Its outstanding looks and stellar controls make it a heavy favorite to win the championship.
  8. 80
    It's one of the best sports games on the PS2, and it's definitely the best college game around.
  9. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The fast gameplay, ample strategy, and gorgeous graphics make it hopelessly addicting. [Sept 2001, p.144]
  10. Offering a compelling mix of solid graphics and college-specific gameplay, along with the best dynasty mode to date -- NCAA Football 2002 is without competition.
  11. The NFL has always been my game of choice but NCAA Football 2002 has caught my heart. It's not perfect but it's the most fun I've had with noname players in years.
  12. The massive number of features and solid gameplay more than make up for any of my minor gripes.
  13. 100
    It’s a fantastic college football game, and as of yet, completely without a collegiate equal.
  14. A thousand yards beyond any other college football game.
  15. This game can suck you in and never let you out - and you may not want to come out. ...this is football at its best.
  16. The secondary play continues to be a sore point, and the CPU still can't run the ball effectively with the default AI settings. On the positive side, the human-controlled running game is as good if not better than "NFL2K1" on the Dreamcast.
  17. An outstanding game, with excellent gameplay and a deep set of features. Finally, the PS2 has a genuine A+ sports title.
  18. 90
    NCAA Football doesn’t just look good, it looks as comfortable on your television screen as an ESPN broadcast on a Saturday afternoon.

Awards & Rankings

#46 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. NathanF.
    Aug 31, 2003
    It is awesome! The only problem is you cant change conferences.
  2. ChrisC.
    May 23, 2002
    An amazing game. My friend and I bought it the day it came out and haven't put it down yet. Can't wait for 2003!
  3. MichaelC.
    Apr 21, 2002
    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.