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Pretend you're watching Any Given Sunday, and I'm coach Tony D'Amato while you're third-string QB Wille Beamen – before he's steamin'. You’re flustered, missing throws. I tell you to forget the playbook and just play like you've always known how to play. You start winning games. This little scenario applies perfectly to the Xbox version of Madden. Forget about hating the controller and you'll light 'em up.
Madden NFL 2002 for the Xbox is the best version for you buck, so if your a football fan or just looking for something new try this game and you won't be disappointed.
Madden 2002 makes a very smooth transition to the Xbox and retains all the glory of the original PS2 version. Not to take anything away from the solid NFL Fever, but this version of Madden successfully unifies the title.
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Madden 2002 has new features including Season, Franchise, Tournament, Create-A-Team, and many others. It has updated rosters and better stat records of players. This is the first Madden to use the Madden Challenge to receive tokens to buy Madden cards that unlock cheats, historic players, and boost player's ratings for different periods of time. There sadly isn't online support for this game on Xbox. PS2 owners however have the pleasure of having this feature. Hopefully in the future EA will have online support for all consoles. Still, overall, Madden 2002 is a great game; highly recommended.
Control and sound issues aside, this is the best version of Madden 2002 available. One thing the Madden series has taught is that you don't always have to be a groundbreaking game to give consumers what they want. What they want, whether they're a hardcore gamer or not, is a game that's so much fun to play that they never want to stop. EA has done a great job of achieving that.
Madden 2002 is simply console football as good as it has ever been. The main draw is the customization of gameplay and the players themselves. As I said before, Madden2002 is the first football title that is basically what you make it. The type of football game you play is completely up to you. I see only a few areas from improvement, mainly commentary and online play. The football season is over, but thats no reason to pass up on the greatest football title of all time, better than ever on the XBox.
Overall, Midnight Club 2 should be an essential part of your Xbox racing lineup. It's easily the best street racer on the market today, and while it may not feature some of the same style gameplay that you're used to, this is a game that's sure to please Xbox racing game fans. There are so many racing games out there, and you won't go far wrong if you pick Midnight Club 2 over the rest.
Madden 2002 isn't going to wow you with its speed --even if you're running the ball with Edgerrin James-- because you're supposed to be awed by its authentic blocking and defensive AI. It's NFL substance over style that we've come to expect from Madden games and that's what Madden NFL 2002 gives us.
In the end, Madden 2002 is a great game of simulation-style football for the Xbox. If you're trying to decide between Madden and NFL Fever, it really depends on what type of football game you're looking for. If you're looking for a simulation that has incredible depth, Madden 2002 is your game. If you're a PS2 owner wondering if you should get the Xbox version of Madden 2002 because it might look better, the answer is no. The differences between the PS2 and Xbox versions are nominal at best and really don't warrant another purchase.
Load times are faster, saving doesn't take quite as long, and simming an entire season takes a minute thanks to the power of the Xbox. You won't go wrong with any version, but if you've already planned on an Xbox purchase, any quest for the best arcade football simulation should halt right here. Madden 2002 mimics the NFL better than its competition and the Xbox version tops them all.