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8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
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  1. GradyY.
    Aug 5, 2003
    10
    This game is awesome. I love how the players are larger then life and run smoothly. This is better then madden and 2k series to me.
  2. JohnMadden
    Jan 2, 2003
    10
    Awesome. Much better than my stupid game.
  3. BryantW.
    Mar 23, 2003
    8
    The game is good but needs improving.
  4. AaronH.
    May 12, 2003
    10
    Best football graphics ever. Best football game ever. I hope they make a 2004 version.
  5. JeffA.
    Mar 26, 2003
    10
    Definately and under-rated game. Not only fun to play but the graphics rival a TV presentation. The best football game out. Period.
  6. Apr 7, 2014
    8
    Mostly overlooked the Microsoft Studio's series of games really offered something different to the market, and they are more worthy of going back for a second look than that year's EA Sports Title.

    NFL Fever 2003, is a fun arcade approach to the sport, and the game looks gorgeous with vibrant colors and beautiful models, you really forget how impressive the console was at the time until
    Mostly overlooked the Microsoft Studio's series of games really offered something different to the market, and they are more worthy of going back for a second look than that year's EA Sports Title.

    NFL Fever 2003, is a fun arcade approach to the sport, and the game looks gorgeous with vibrant colors and beautiful models, you really forget how impressive the console was at the time until you go back and compare the visuals to today. The commentating team from NBA Inside Drive is here and they do a decent job, even throwing a few lines about mixing up which sport they are actually calling. The sound & graphics really set this apart from the vanilla Madden games at the time, and it's a shame there weren't more of these games out there.

    Gameplay wise, Fever is a touch more arcade-like than the Maddens or NFL 2Ks of it's time, and it's a joy to play. Navigating plays feels tighter than Madden at the time, and the CPU is more balanced. Usually sports games get surpassed year by year and are not worth going back to, but if you missed out on playing this one, or you haven't played it in a decade it is a fun sports game that is unique enough to go back to.
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#64 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Xbox Nation Magazine
    80
    Astoundingly close to toppling EA's mighty "Madden" and Sega's "NFL 2K" franchises... It offers near flawless online play. [Fall 2002, p.110]
  2. It's a fun, impressive football game but doesn't compare to the likes of "Madden" or "NFL 2K3."
  3. But the Defence phases and the length of a match (count a good 40 minutes with all the tactics selection screens) prove to be a bit tedious and repetitive and will demand perseverance from the player.