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NFL Fever 2002

Platform : Xbox
Rated: Everyone
4.1 out of 5 stars 138 customer reviews
Metascore: 79 / 100

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Explode through the hole, dive for the goal line and celebrate after the touchdown. NFL Fever 2002 combines hard-hitting action with incredibly life-like graphics for players and stadiums from all 31 teams. Play up to 25 seasons in career mode as you amass titles, build a dynasty and play your way into the Hall of Fame! Made in USA.


When Microsoft released NFL Fever 2000 on the PC in 1999, it gave Madden a serious run for its money. It's been a few years, but Fever and Madden are once again going head-to-head on the Xbox, and once again Fever proves itself a serious threat to EA's perennial football powerhouse. That's not to say that NFL Fever 2002 is a perfect game, because it isn't, but it does offer great graphics, decent AI, and plenty of bone-crunching gameplay.

NFL Fever 2002 features several gameplay modes, including practice, single game, and season, which itself contains a couple of different options, including dynasty and fantasy challenge. Fever 2002 has a full NFL license and includes all 31 current NFL teams--and 15 fantasy teams--along with all the current stadiums. Dynasty mode is where most players will find themselves, as this mode lets you manage all aspects of your team, including signing and cutting players, negotiating trades, and making sure that your team comes in under the salary cap.

A great feature in dynasty mode is Dynamic Player Performance, which adjusts players' ratings (which determine how well they play) based on past game performances. So if you have a second-string running back who rattles off three or four great games in a row, his rating will increase, which should keep him performing at that high level. On the flip side, if a player has several poor games, his rating will decrease.

Because it was designed specifically for the Xbox (unlike Madden NFL 2002, which was ported to the Xbox from the PlayStation2 version), NFL Fever 2002 looks awesome. Player animations are highly detailed, the stadiums look fantastic, and the weather effects are topnotch. Beyond the obvious features, though, there are many subtle details that really add to the experience: the field will get torn up in wet weather, player uniforms will get stained with dirt, and the crowd will begin to thin out if the game is a blowout.

In terms of gameplay, Fever 2002 delivers a solid experience. The AI is pretty solid, especially on the defensive side, and if you call a perfect game it's possible to get a shutout against the computer, even on the higher difficulty settings. On the downside, the computer rarely runs the ball, even when it has a high-powered running back like Corey Dillon, and AI play calling is rather suspect at times.

Those complaints aside, Fever 2002 is a lot of fun. It offers great graphics, multiplayer is a blast, and the dynasty mode features a good deal of depth. If you only want one football game, NFL Fever 2002 deserves your consideration.--William Harms


  • Dynamic Player Performance
  • Great graphics
  • Solid defensive AI
  • Computer rarely runs the ball
  • Gameplay a little arcadelike at times

Product Details

  • ASIN: B00005NZ1M
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 12 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,380 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Everyone wants to know "How does NFL Fever 2002 compare to Madden 2002?" The answer is that Fever compares favorably, but is ultimately a different sort of football game. If you always thought Madden was "too arcadey" then you might want to steer clear of this one, as it plants itself somewhere between the simulation efforts of Madden and Sega's NFL 2K2, and the kamikaze kinetics of the NFL Blitz series. Fever is actually a very compelling and fun game once you get over the fact that you aren't playing Madden.
Fever easily pulls off the best graphics ever in a console football game. From the integration of many different intro shots for each play, to the exacting detail which accompanies every hit, jump, and stiff-arm, it is fantastically clear that the developers went the extra mile to really draw you in to the game and create an exciting & colorful world. The players jabber at one another, celebrate successful offensive achievements, and showboat after a steller defensive effort. It really does make Madden look fairly pale and colorless as a result.
The commentary suffers from some uneven choppiness ("FIVE... yard... reception by... ENGRAM!") but does give some timely insight in certain situations ("The defense is in a 3-4, a run would be successful here.") The much-touted graphics are indeed a step-up from Madden, but are not letter-perfect. The detailed faces are a very nice addition, but disappoint when Jerome Bettis looks nothing like Jerome Bettis. He's detailed, but looks nothing like the real guy. But it sure beats Madden's cheesy Kewpie-Doll faces.
The bottom-line really comes down to gameplay, and Fever tends toward "the big play.
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I first thought of NFL fever as a blow off game like gameday for PSx. but this game is BETTER than madden, at least this yr. 2003 may be another story. i played it at babbages and the controls are basically the same, and Fever is completely new and does show off the power of Xbox.
Ive been playing Madden since it first came out for Genesis, and im surprised to say Fever is better.
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I am one of those diehard Madden fans (aka stat-freaks) and the only reason I get video game consoles such as the Genesis, Psone, DreamCast, Ps2,and now the X-Box is for the Basketball and Football. For all except the Dreamcast, its been all about EA sports. When I finally got my hands on NFL Fever (which was the whole purpose of me getting an x box) I was drooling. I turned it on and I was just blown away by the graphics.....It was unreal....actually it was soooo real! I have the "PIP screen"(picture-in-screen) on my TV, and I put NFL FEVER in the pip screen while I watched my Bucs beat up on the Lions this Sunday, and I must tell you....it actually looked as if I was watching 2 real games. The speed of the game was as close to the real football players as I have ever seen. I started playing and I was not disappointed...well, actually I was..... If only the developers would have included a more variety of tackle animations (I have only seen 4), and include all the penalties ( I have only seen 4)--if they didn't want to include all the penalties they could have provided the option to turn specific ones off ala madden---...also if they could have made the computer AI a little better (realistic) this COULD have been the best game ever.....and that's saying alot comming from a die hard madden fan....BUT THE GAME IS FUN ...
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By jim on November 19, 2001
You want a football game? This is the one.Great graphics,fast loading time,and realistic players not those fake ones that look like zombies. You can change teames names to the Gladiators, Flowers etc. You can create your own players and set everyting to 100%. It even explains the game to you who have no clue what football is. It has traning modes which teach you how to tackel run, and throw. You can unlock teams in fantsy mode.I hope you get this game. Everyone will have it.
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By A Customer on November 11, 2001
After playing this game extensively in a kiosk, all I've got to say is WOW. Madden and the Nfl 2k series are in for some serious competition. This game is incredible. It plays much better then I was expecting it to. The running game is the best I have played, with holes that open up if you hit them right. The passing games is spectacular as well, but no so easy at first. You have to have your QB set, especially if your throwing into the secondary as the pass gets will get disrupted easily. Defense on this game is also top-notch. The pass rushing is incredible as is the receiver coverage.
As for the interface on choosing the plays, it is easy, straight-forward and quick. The graphics are the best amongst football games, and some of the replays are absolutely hilarious. I can't really comment on the sound as I was ata kiosk, I can't wait to hear some of the bone-crunching hits in full 5.1 SS glory.
This game gets 5 stars as it easily beats Madden for football game of the year
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i bought NFL Fever because of all the hype, and it was true, this game is awsome! it's easy to play and easy to learn. if you're not used to the XBox controls like me, i'll take you a little bit to learn them, but other than that, this game is awsome. Here are some of my pros and cons about the game.
-easy to play
-awsome graphics
-very detailed graphics, i played the Falcons in 3 Com and on one play, Jamal Anderson was tackled and there was mud on one side of his uniform and you see his jersey is wet. espcially from around the shoulder pads.
-detailed fan graphics, you break from the huddle, and you see the crowd doing the wave. it's awsome. awsome details.
-realistic game play. by this i mean, well, i have Gameday 2002 and 2001 for Playstation, and the computer runs about 5 times a game. and when he has a guy like Emmitt Smith, the fullback, like Robert Thomas gets like 4 out of 5 carries. but in NFL Fever 2002, they run the ball quiet a bit.
-no inflated stats. some reviews here post that stats are greatly inflated, but that isn't true. Gameday for PS1 inflates your stats. you'll be ranked #1 in rushing and #31 in pass defense. but in Fever, like as of now, i'm ranked in the middle of the pack. very real gameplay. awsome.
-computer does run quite a bit. again, reviews posted mention that the computer doesn't run the ball, not true. they ran the ball on me quite a bit. i'm in the middle of the pack in rushing defense.
-easy to pass. this is good if you need a 1st down or a big play. bad if you're playing against your buddy. this is the only time when the stats could inflate.
-great playbook. tons of plays to choose from. 1st and 10, will i go 3 WR, 4, or 5? single back, wing, pro set, motion my slot WR, go to TE, auidible to a shotgun?
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