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John Madden brings the best football back with updated stats and players, bigger than ever! All 32 NFL teams including the expansion Houston Texans. Hard to believe but they make many improvements on the previous version. There are new player faces and on-field animations and expanded motion capture. EA Sports added a new game within the game called Two Minute Drill.

The controls are basically the same with Easy Play using simplified controls and Normal Play with the full features encompassing nearly everything one could do on the real gridiron. You can create a player or a whole team. Trade players and manage teams through out the season.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Madden 2002" -- Common title

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Critic Reviews

Game Vortex PlayStation 2 Dec 07, 2002 97 out of 100 97
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Oct, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
Game Informer Magazine Xbox Nov, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
IGN PlayStation 2 Aug 21, 2001 9.2 out of 10 92 PlayStation 2 Nov 07, 2001 91 out of 100 91
Game Informer Magazine GameCube Feb, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Game Freaks 365 Xbox Apr 18, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Xbox Nov 26, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Thunderbolt Games Xbox Jul 21, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Xbox Nov 15, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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EA cover curse

Daunte Culpepper fell victim to the EA cover curse with a knee injury that sidelined him for 5 games in 2001 and a league high 23 interceptions in 2002.


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    • 2001 – Xbox Game of the Year

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