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While it may not be as tightly focused as NFL Blitz '99, NFL Blitz 2002 features the same basic concepts that make the series great. Blitz old-timers will balk at the game's completely different timing and needlessly expanded playbooks, but in the end, NFL Blitz 2002 is the best arcade-style football game on the home market.
To sum up, Blitz has everything an arcade football nut would want. The gameplay is great, the graphics are incredible, the cheerleaders are cute, and it's an all around blast. Granted, Blitz is to Madden what Crazy Taxi is to Gran Turismo, but what Blitz lacks in depth it makes up in sheer fun.
Surprisingly enough, NFL Blitz 2002 came out to be a polished and very enjoyable product with superb extras and enhancements that separates the game from its far more simplistic predecessors, as the game features a pretty good play book. Mark Turmell and the guys have done a nice job at releasing the very first arcade football title on the PS2. NFL Blitz 2002 looks, plays, and controls well. Not to mention the replay value can be dangerously high with 3 friends and the tournament mode.
The attempt to capture the real life crunching pain of an actual football game is pretty accurate. While remaining aggressive in the game, some samples will make you laugh, like those of taunting players after a tackle or the one’s on the ground who scream from the burst of pain. The hits and slams are clear as a bell, and seem like the hurt like hell. The commentary is a definite change from any other football title out there, and as long as the two jeering announcers don’t annoy you, things should work out fine when listening to the less than intelligent words of wisdom.
Overall, NFL Blitz 20-02 is a must-own for any fan of the original series. This is a huge upgrade in the graphics department, and the gameplay is solid as ever. It doesn't do much more than the original game, and is a little short on single player fun. But if you're like me, you've been jonesing to get your Blitz going on the PS2 for a couple of years now... and it's payday. For pure, arcade-style football action, there's nowhere else to be.
NFL Blitz 20-02 is a great addition to Midway's in-your-face style arcade sports games and it does offer very entertaining game play, but all in all it's a quite basic game. There's really not much to it, especially in the game mode department, and the enjoyment of playing single-player wears off quickly because of this. They obviously focused on making the actual game play the best part of the game and therefore they've been successful. Blitz is still what it's always been: a face-paced, hard-hitting and most importantly, fun, football game for those who like to get rowdy.
Graphically, the stadiums look sharp and the player faces have been motion-captured (though you rarely see them unless you zoom in on an instant replay). The two-man commentary seems really chatty, but it has always been that way with Blitz. Controller response is tight, too. Otherwise, NFL Blitz 20-02 is a comfortably familiar arcade-style pounding with a bit more depth on the PS2. If you haven’t seen the series in a while, check this one out.
The fact that NFL Fever's models are as unrealistic as these should make Fever's fans shudder. However, Fever believers can fall back on the comforting fact that they've at least got newer rosters. Blitz still lists Drew Bledsoe as the Patriot's quarterback.