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NFL Fever 2002

NFL Fever 2002 by Microsoft NFL Fever 2002
by Microsoft

Platform: Xbox
ESRB Rating: Everyone
ASIN: B00005NZ1M

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• Realistic, fast-paced NFL football play
• Momentum-based play with bone-crunching animation
• 4 modes let you build a dynasty and develop players
• Amass team and individual trophies
• Go for the Super Bowl and battle legendary teams 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 Description: NFL Fever 2002 delivers fast-paced, hard-hitting action with deep season and career modes. Stadiums from all 31 NFL teams are included, and you can participate in up to 25 seasons. The game's momentum-based play delivers bone-crunching animation and lets you explode through the holes like real NFL players. Play in Dynasty, All-Time Challenge, Trophy Case, and Dynamic Player Performance Model modes. Build your own dynasty season after season; challenge legendary Super Bowl teams; play your way into the Hall of Fame; amass team and individual trophies; and boost your ratings as you improve your players' skills.

Highly detailed player models reflect the size, shape, and attitude of real NFL players down to accessories such as wristbands, facemasks, shoes, pads, and QB play sheets. Faces lip-synch taunts, celebrations, fatigue, and more. The enhanced graphics also feature lighting that moves across uniforms, helmets that reflect stadium lights and architecture, and shadows that are visible in day and night play. Add all this to an intuitive and responsive control system and you'll swear you've become one with the game.

Customer Reviews:
There's no 2-player mode??, October 22, 2002
Reviewer: Andy from Redondo Beach, CA United States
I love playing video games of all variety against my roommates. So, when I read the multi-player mode to this game was fun, I bought it. However, I was horribly dissappointed to discover that as far as I can tell, there is no 2-player mode to this game!! I couldn't care less about playing against the computer. To me, video games are a socially competitive thing. If I can't turn to the guy next to me and say, "IN YOUR FACE!!" what's the point? If you really want to play football against a computer, buy my copy because of course, after opening the package, I couldn't return it!

Better Than Madden ?, October 20, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Austin,Tx USA
I have planed this game several times and I have played Madden NFL on XBOX several times and I do belive that this game is better than madden NFL. The controls were alot simpler,the grafics were better, the all around game play was beter than Madden.

Get the 2003, October 17, 2002
Reviewer: Nathan Kellert from Ponca CIty, OK United States
This game seemed expirimental. Like they were just trying the system out which seems reasonable scince its the first game they came out with. I would get the newest one though.

one of the best football games....PERIOD!!!, September 16, 2002
Reviewer: commish_15 from Texas
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? so many plays, it's awsome.

-easy to pass. i played my buddy the other day. 49ers (me) vs. the Packers (my buddy). i beat him, 42-34, and i killed him.

in a 20 minute overall ball game, i had the ball for almost 16 minutes!!! i ran for over 100 yards and threw for over 300! my buddy ran for about 10 yards and threw for another 350 or so. it's to easy to pass, which is good and bad. that's the only problem with the game.

so you see, the Pros of NFL Fever 2002 outweight the Cons by a huge margin. this is a great football game. what hampers its overall sales is the fact that it is only for XBox. if they opened up Fever to the Game Cube and PS2, i guarantee, it would give NFL 2K3 and Madden a run for it's money.

awsome game that i highly recommend.
i also recommend buying or renting Fever 2002 before buying 2003. check this one first, you like it, buy 2003. that's what i am going to do.

This Game Is Aw---------ful!, September 14, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Woodstock, GA United States
Do not get this game! It got it and it was really really awful! The game play was terrible and the graphics (don't even want to go there). If i were u i would not buy it. Don't waste ur money on it. If the other reviews say its the best game don't listen. I burned mine after 10 min. of playing it. I don't know how many times i can say this DON'T BUY THIS GAME ...!

Better then both Madden's, August 29, 2002
Reviewer: ajcar1992 from Baltimore, MD USA
I think NFL Fever 2002 is just as good as NFL Fever 2003 and I think both of them are still the best. The only downpart is there isn't anything knew in NFL Fever 2003 (other than the knew team) but that still dosen't mean that 2002 isn't good, on the contrary it is probably the best football game ever.

Top-Flight!, August 17, 2002
Reviewer: Jeff Schmidt from Davis, CA
I've played this game more hours than the rest of my X-Box titles combined! I keep coming back because every game and every season is different than the last thanks to the Dynasty Mode Feature and Dynamic player performance. The ability to control the strengths and weaknesses of your team and adjust your play-calling to maximize your team stregths makes this game continually interesting. Anything can happen in these games. I've successfully come back from 14 point deficits with 2 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. I've lost games on last second fifty-yard field goals. It's frustrating, it's exhilirating, it's great. I've purchased 7 games for the X-box and I feel this game is the most entertainment for the money.

Better then Madden, July 19, 2002
Reviewer: Michael
I heard this game was not as good as the popular madden football game but i found this game a lot better. It has better graphics and gameplay, great create a player mode, real trade deals and drafts, addictive dynasty mode, made teams, and much much more. I found myself constantly wanting to play this game and try to form the best team in the NFL. I highly reccommend this game for anyone who likes football.

WOW!!!, July 18, 2002
Reviewer: Jay from Atlanta, GA USA
When I got NFL Fever 2002 for Christmas, it had been fairly new and I had not seen any reviews for this particular game. The only experience I had with the game was with the demo, which was very good. I had no idea HOW good this game was. It had everything. It had all the bells and whistles, which I think makes an A game into a A+ game. You can literally do anything on this game. You have a 25-year dynasty. You play fantasy teams in a fantasy challenge. You can draft rookies after every season on the dynasty and see your favorite player in the hall of fame 10 years from now. I found out that there is an NFL Fever 2003 coming out in September. I anticipate very much to see if this game beats out the original.

NFL Fever is the best game out there, if you want fun, fast, June 16, 2002
Reviewer: Bill Leotti from Mullica Hill, NJ USA
This game isnt the most realistic of games is very fun to play. The high lob passes can get annoying, but the graphics are amazing. The run system has the most responsive controls I have ever seen. The tackling is momentumly good. This game can become tedious after a long period of time because of the annoying long bomb passing. It is a great game to buy, and until madden changes it's horrible passing system I'm stickin with Fever.

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