While NFL Fever 2002 offers some interesting new twists on the game of football and balances itself between arcade and simulation play, its overall content doesn’t quite match up to the expectations of today’s gamers. The AI is weak against passing plays and while the normal modes are here, tournament play or optional two-minute drill modes are nowhere to be found. Despite these problems, NFL Fever 2002 is a resoundingly solid game that will hold much more appeal for novices than the infinitely more arcane Madden 2002. The inclusion of a neat Fantasy League, complete with fifteen outlandish teams that are deceptively hard to beat, adds a bit of spice to the package and ensures that the game receives enough mileage to be worth your dollar. If you’ve honed your skills on Madden’s series, you’ll most likely be disappointed here, but if you like your football a little less intense, NFL Fever 2002 will make an ideal alternative.