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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
Exactly what I was looking for. Plays great. Great classic game.Published 9 months ago by Nathaniel J. Ramirez
its all about dynasty mode. get ready to create the team that will dominate, then switch to a new team after the super bowl win. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by harry85
madden does not even come close to this game. madden gets way to boring and the game play is bland. fever on the other hand has outstanding graphics and the players look like their... Read morePublished on April 12, 2004
...I'm going to review this game anyway. Its a awesome NFL game that gets five stars. But whats the point? Is anyone actually even reading this? Read morePublished on March 4, 2004 by Average Joe
This game is fun for the first mounth you own it.But after that it is kinda lame.Also they need updated rosters every year.But the plus is the graphics. Read morePublished on September 1, 2003 by BTS-01
this is my first football game for the xbox and after buying it i regretted it. the game play is poor, passes r too slow, refs call bad calls, all the players look like they r on... Read morePublished on July 2, 2003
A thoroughly enjoyable football game that is an ideal game for a relative "novice" gamer like me. I don't get to play games very often and so can't really tolerate a steep... Read morePublished on June 3, 2003 by RMurray847
I've been playing this game for awhile and I've decided that it's pretty good. I haven't tried the 2003 version yet, but from what I hear it has it's improvements. Read morePublished on February 24, 2003 by C. Devine
I don't like sports much but this game is extremely fun.I've played football games on Sega,PS1,and PS2 and NFL Fever 2002 ROCKS.I only play because my son enjoys football. Read morePublished on December 16, 2002 by Leston Coleman