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PlayStationThe Video Game Critic
During one game the "chain gang" was called in after a third-down for a measurement, and the tip of the ball was clearly past the chain. You can imagine my dismay when my quarterback lined up for fourth and inches! I guess no football game is perfect, but on the Playstation, this is close enough. The GameDay series would continue through 2005.
In the end, GameDay 2002 does a decent job of delivering a fun and somewhat realistic game of football to the PlayStation. Fans of the series will either love it or hate it since it's fundamentally the same game they've been playing for the last two years. If you've never played a GameDay title before and are in the market for a PlayStation football game, then this is a pretty good choice--certainly a better choice than GameDay's first PlayStation 2 release was. The game offers solid gameplay, and although the playbook could use a few more plays, the game has a great deal of depth that'll keep you playing for a long time to come.
GameDay has many ways to play, but there's no two-minute drill or ability to create your own game situation as there is in Madden. Still, if you like football and aren't already sold on Madden, rent both games, you may like GameDay better.
PlayStation 2Playstation Illustrated
Football at its best? Nah. Football worth anything? Sure is. NFL GameDay 2002 is a solid game, but with the quirkiness of the players, and some defensive AI silliness (though nothing big enough to deduct huge points...after all this is a sports game), it just wasn't as fun as I wanted it to be. Maybe I had too big of an expectation going in, but 989 Sports has definitely garnered high expectations after their wonderful college game this year. As with any football game, rent before you buy, and this might be a great fit to you; yet with me, there wasn't really anything fun about beautiful graphics that I couldn't see because I was stuck in General Manager Mode the whole time.
While NFL GameDay 2002 isn't necessarily a bad game, it certainly doesn't do much to advance the series, either. With obvious devotion to its tried-and-true arcade game play, one thing is for sure -- it's still a lot of fun to play. If you're a fan of the series, you'll find a lot to like about this year's game. If not, there's nothing new here that'll likely convert you. To those of you who (for whatever reason) refuse to take the next-generation plunge, my advice is to rent it first and make your own comparisons. For everyone else, this reviewer suggests you save your beans and buy a PS2.
A few years ago, GameDay was as good as it got, but for some reason or another, the franchise has been slipping as the years go by. It still manages to be a decent game of football, and if you liked last year's version there's really no reason not to at least rent this year's, but for people picking up their first football game, you may want to check out what some of the other players have to offer before drafting this one.
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
While this is a change we've all hoped for, unfortunately it's not enough. NFL GameDay 2002 does have some extensive graphical enhancements, a good dosage of gameplay tweaks, and some pretty good commentary, but that doesn't prevent the game from being average. This time around, GameDay is a very playable game, despite its various shortcomings, as many of the glitches have been hammered out. It's obvious that Red Zone tried to put a little more effort into this GameDay, in contrast to the previous, but as the saying goes, "efforts must be doubled", and that is exactly what Red Zone needs to do. Final verdict: it's official; NFL 2K2 is the best sports/football game of the year.
In the end, NFL GameDay 2002 offers the same hard-hitting action that diehard fans of the series have come to know and love. With pleasing graphics and a level of control that surpasses any other game before it, it’s bound to please many gridiron enthusiasts. Unfortunately, for those of you looking for a more complete package, the aforementioned annoyances and shortcomings in gameplay and AI relegate this game to a permanent seat on the bench. Yes, it’s been a changing of the guard, of sorts. Madden is still there, front and center. But the way I see it, we have a new threat nippin’ at its heels, in the form of Sega’s NFL 2K2. So, is GameDay’s release better late than never? I’m afraid it’s more like, too little too late!
After an anemic first-year effort on the PlayStation 2, it seems that with GameDay 2002, the series is finally back on track. The game improves in just about every category. The graphics are more vibrant and detailed, the controls and gameplay are solid for the most part, and the sound and presentation are much improved. However, as discussed, there are still plenty of issues that keep the game from favorably competing against other more polished football games on the PlayStation 2.
If you absolutely must have two PSone football games this year, Gameday is a decent second, but Madden 2002 is much, much better. We suggest you rent it first, just to give it a look-see.
PlayStationGame Informer Magazine
GameDay has some good animations and controls; my gripe is that it doesn't seem to all go together very well. Sometimes I don't even know if I've caught the ball or not. Speaking of detecting things, I also had a beef with how damn far away my "nearest player" always seemed to be. I'd have a linebacker right about to stuff a RB, but the computer would instead assign me to the safety 15 yards away. The best thing I can say about this PS-X GameDay is that I enjoyed playing it more than the PS2 version, but that's another system and another time my friends.
Yet in spite of its kaleidoscope of flaws, NFL Gameday 2002 actually offers a fair bit of fun. If this game could have been cleaned up a little more and had a wider variety of interesting modes, it might have matched Madden 2002 as the best last PSX football game ever. Instead, it serves as a fitting finale to a second banana series.
PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
The graphics are of uneven caliber, too. Player models are not very well detailed. Also, there are terrific animations of bodies flying through the air after tackles, but you also see pass rushers walking after the quarterback and blockers set up to block?nobody. With all the choices available to PS2 football gamers, this game just doesn?t pack a powerful punch. NFL GameDay is the Detroit Lions of the league.
PlayStationGame Informer Magazine
There are so many things wrong with this game I think I’ll just start and end with the same point. The starting quarterback for the Vikings (Culpepper) is wearing No. 12. Unfortunately, his jersey number is 11. From there, things just go from bad to worse. Why is it my players can’t change direction without stopping? This game sucks, that’s why.
PlayStationSports Gaming Network
As much as I would love to not believe it, I am beginning to think that gaming on the PSOne is dead. NFL Gameday 2002 doesn't help contradict that thought. The PSOne is a lame duck. I'm sure there are some great games that are going to come along in the coming months for PSOne gamers, but I feel that the days of any innovation or improvement are gone. "Been there, done that" may become PSOne's lasting words before it becomes extinct.