Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Despite these problems, NFL Fever 2002 is a resoundingly solid game that will hold much more appeal for novices than the infinitely more arcane "Madden 2002."
  2. In the end it’s the accessible gameplay and entertaining Dynasty Mode that will keep players interested, and for a first effort on the Xbox, the development team did an admirable job.
  3. Easy to get into and with a boatload of options, it provides a worthy alternative to the status quo, although hardcore ballers might scoff at the game’s arcadey nature.
  4. It is a breath of fresh air for football fans that enjoy Madden, but are looking for something more innovative and different...[It's] better than "Madden NFL 2002" on the Xbox!
  5. It needs some retooling – mainly better defensive A.I. [Jan 2002, p.229]
  6. 80
    The game's soundtrack mix of classic football marches combined with hip-hop and drum loops...gets almost annoying by game two.
  7. You don't have to look forward to next year. [Dec 2001, p.104]
  8. If you’re a diehard gridiron fan looking for an accurate simulation of the sport, you’ll likely want to stick with EA Sports’ Madden NFL 2002. With that said, NFL Fever looks and sounds awesome, and plays fast, so if it’s an arcade football game with all the trimmings that you’re after, NFL Fever 2002 would be an excellent addition to your playbook.
  9. Simply put, it's just plain fun, and I couldn't stop playing. The game plays great, but the only drawback to this is there aren't that many different modes.
  10. Actually playing a game that has a mix of simulation physics and overriding arcade control is really anticlimactic since it doesn't do quite as good of a job at either style of play. Be that as it may, NFL Fever 2002 is still a very solid game.
  11. 84
    I have major complaints regarding the game’s interface. Although it might be made with simplicity in mind, it lacks the functionality required for guys that spend a lot of time in the roster screens and stat screens...[yet] a refreshing, but incredibly fun and exciting football game.
  12. Never before have I played a football game that really allows you to watch the blocking unfold in front of you (or break down) and then make your move.
  13. Seems, at first, complex, but is in actuality a football fanatic’s dream come true. The game may feature animations that are a little too swaggering, but otherwise well done. And the player AI is incredible.
  14. The graphics are the crowning achievement for the game after plays and during replays, but it looks pretty rickety in motion during the actual game play.
  15. It's a great football game, but Madden edges it out because of superior execution and substance.
  16. 79
    Just don't expect to be rewarded for a consistent effective ground game or sound offensive or defensive strategy. With Fever you just fire up your Xbox and let 'er rip.
  17. Graphically…it is superior to both [Madden and 2K2], with the textures on the field looking particularly amazing. [Jan 2002, p.36]
  18. Spectacular debut football sim. [Dec 2001]
  19. It’s a game I think I should like, but have no desire to play it and when I am playing I am usually hoping it will be over soon.
  20. Like many of the also-rans, it failed primarily to the questionable secondary AI. There are some bright spots in the game.
  21. Has enough great looking textures to knit a quilt. You will be able to make out the grass, and even the line paint on the grass. The turf looks like turf, not just a brighter shade of grass.
  22. Fans of games like "Tecmo Bowl" and "Cyberball," who don't want to invest the time or energy required to learn the intricacies of this sport, will get a lot more out of NFL Fever 2002 than players who've logged months, even years with Madden or NFL 2Kx.
  23. The gameplay and graphics are ready for the Super Bowl. But the sound and controls need to go back to training camp.
  24. Surprisingly, the running game – usually the bane of first-time developers – is absolutely top-notch. [Jan 2002, p.82]
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. [Anonymous]
    Mar 10, 2007
    9
    Awesome game, fun, unique, can play w/ normal nfl teams or some fun made up ones(which are amazingly cool), also can make your own team, graphics are great and the playBOOK cannot be topped, good control of any offensive player during multiplayer, only a nine cuz create a player is sorta goofy w/ how you can only make them 82 or some thing like that. great game, better than madden 02, not 01, but definitely better than almost all other maddens until 02. Full Review »
  2. TimH.
    Jan 3, 2003
    7
    Fun, but not as good as Madden. The AI is too easy on the "Rookie" level and too hard on the "Veteran" level to a fault--it makes you drop passes by the handful on the Veteran level, for example. The penalty calling is too simplistic as well--just how many offsides can be called during a game? And did the developers ever hear of "Holding"? Lastly, why are the Dynast games only limited to 5 minutes a quarter? Overall, fun-- incredibly graphics--but spend your money on Madden if you want to play as realistic a game that is out there. Full Review »
  3. CarlosL.
    Feb 24, 2002
    10
    Unique! Great graphics to go along with a fast and fun gameplay.