Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    It’s basically a port of the PS2 version, but on the Xbox, its graphics are so much sharper and—despite the beating the Xbox controller seems to be taking—the joystick-dependent interface feels just right.
  2. Marginally better looking than its PlayStation 2 counterpart...For anyone who likes Madden or "NFL Fever 2002" but wishes the control were a bit more responsive, NFL 2K2 is a game you'd probably like.
  3. I am referring to how much I think Microsoft's controller will feel more natural in your hand, due to the rough similarities between it and the DC's. [Mar 2002, p.85]
  4. There is some room for improvement in the AI and the features, but when it comes to creating the illusion that you are really playing football, this is the game.
  5. And make no mistake – this AI is tough. Gone are the standard "money plays" of old. [Spring 2002, p.84]
  6. NFL2K2 is the easiest to play right out of the box, with appeal to newbies and players who don't have a ton of football experience. Madden is still the sim gamer's favorite, while NFL Fever is the flashy go-between that links all three games together.
  7. Nothing compares to NFL2K2’s replays. We’ve watched hundreds, yet we’re still impressed each time we see one. [Mar 2002, p.77]
  8. The great A.I. and lightning-fast game speed pulls off an uncommon balance of realistic football with an arcade edge. [Mar 2002, p.144]

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