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NFL Fever 2004 has stepped up the ante and is a solid performer in the red zone of NFL games "Stop thinking about a girl and play some football!" He is not the nicest person in the world, but then, he’s not supposed to be. He’s your coach, not your friend. He is there to exhort you to hit harder, run faster, and be generally meaner.
Next Level Gaming
We end this long review with a simple statement. Don't let the looks or the name fool you, this year NFL Fever is for real. Backed by a new way to play online, and a brand new passing system that no one else has even tried to duplicate yet, Fever might actually turn a head or two. It's still got some cleaning up to do, but the improvements make this game legitimate competition. Madden once again is not online on the Xbox, and while ESPN is and will be a force to be reckoned with, it doesn't have XSN. Look, the Madden name will always be number one, that is a given. But I am asking you, from one gamer to another, and as a rabid Sega Sports NFL fan, to at the very least give NFL Fever 2004 a try. Rent it, or go to a place where you can trade it in if you don't like it.
While the single player action my grow old in a hurry, Microsoft’s excellent new innovation, XSN Sports, is by far the coolest online sports innovation of the 2003 season. XSN is simple, and allows you to compete with your friends, or total strangers, in season and tournament modes. If you’re a football fan who loves to follow stats, is into fantasy football, or just flat out loves to compete against real people, this feature alone may be enough to purchase an Xbox. The only drawback may be that XSN is limited to Microsoft titles only, which include NBA Inside Drive, Amped 2, Links 2004, and NHL Rivals among others. No XSNing with Madden or ESPN NFL Football, or any other non-Microsoft titles. You can’t blame Microsoft however, as XSN is the ace in the hole that distinguishes Fever from the other very well done titles on the market this year.
Fun Factor: 10.0 (with XSN), 6.5 (offline only)
Microsoft signe donc un jeu qui se place à cheval entre la précision des actions et la facilité de prise en main. Il sera pour vous un excellent choix si vous n’êtes pas un féru de simulation extrême et que vous recherchez un jeu où vous allez pouvoir marquer nombre de touchdowns. Cet achat se verra d’autant plus justifié si vous disposez du Xbox live qui vous permettra de bénéficier des nouveaux atouts du portail de jeux sportifs XSN.
Comme l'année dernière, NFL Fever se place derrière Madden NFL. Le titre s'appuie sur un gameplay plus accessible que son concurrent direct et il intéressera ainsi les joueurs moins pointus et moins exigeants sur l'aspect tactique des matches.
NFL Fever 2004 is an improvement in the series, but still not where the game should be. The play-by-play guys inspire absolutely nothing in gamers, and the visuals don’t feel like they are the best in the business. The sound is fantastic, and the controls have been improved over other editions. The gameplay itself is still not where it should be either, but offers just enough to make the game enjoyable, albeit a bit frustrating.
The Fever series from Microsoft brings a polished package, and creates a great football game. It seems to be a step behind its competition by a few steps, yet gaining respect for the game that has it roots in PC gaming. With XSN you can’t go wrong with NFL Fever, it adds another level to online sports gaming. If you’re not that big into the online deal, explore the other games on the market and see which gameplay you prefer.
As good as XSN Sports is, it is much more impressive when the games that support it are well made. In NFL Fever 2004's case, there needs to be a bit more work done to get it up to a level where it can compete with the other football titles out there. Right now, the game play is still lagging way behind both Madden and ESPN Football. As it stands now, Fever is more a football game for the casual football fan who does not care about a ultra realistic simulation of the sport. Hardcore fans of football should avoid Fever and go with one of the other titles, but casual fans should really take a good look at NFL Fever 2004. While it does not compete with the other titles in realism, it does hold its own in fun factor. It's still a fun football game and plays great online, especially with the XSN service which adds a lot of value to the title. Hopefully, by next season, MS can fine tune the game play enough and add in more features to really give the big dogs a run for their money.
NFL Fever 2004 is a game in transition. It?s going from arcade-style all-out action to more sim-style football that emphasizes defense as well as offense. As such it?s got all the standard bells and whistles covered, including historic teams, Dynasty mode, and XSN online support. But the key is gameplay and control, and that?s where Fever?s a little rough around the edges.
NFL Fever does have the best and most accurate commentary hands down, but it's not enough to warrant a purchase over Madden or ESPN. But the series does have promise for next year unlike offerings from 989 Sports.
Microsoft's NFL Fever 2004 is in a league of its own. Rather than competing against other football titles available on the Xbox, Fever, now in its third iteration, is simply trying to outdo itself, but not in the same way that EA Sports' Madden NFL franchise consistently tries to trump it's namesake predecessor from the year before. Where Madden continues to set the standard for football videogames with innovative features and improved authenticity year after year, Fever is, for the second year in a row, trying to correct glaring mistakes and patch up major weaknesses whilst trying to introduce Xbox-only features befitting of a first party flagship title. With Fever 2004, the Xbox-only features we're getting this time, in the form of the XSN Sports initiative, are impressive enough. But, like the digital football player themselves, Fever 2004 seems up to its neck in quicksand, sinking deeper and deeper into mediocrity the more it struggles to fix what's wrong.
The NFL Fever series has always struck a good balance between simulation-style and arcade-style football--which has put the series right in between similar offerings from EA and Sega. This year all three Xbox titles are better than they were last year, but NFL Fever 2004 shows the least amount of improvement. While it would be technically correct to call NFL Fever 2004 the best in the series, it still doesn't have the quality or quantity of features, the rock-solid gameplay, or high level of polish shown by its competitors.
Game Freaks 365
Nothing has been added to this franchise, nor improved, since the original. Over all, Fever is far behind the competition and really has a lot of catching up to do. Even with XSN being awesome, it won't keep you playing this game at all.
Let's just get this out of the way: NFL Fever is not a great football game. It has too many problems in too many areas to be a threat to any of the big boys of the digital gridiron. Its single-player mode can be frustrating, the player models are lumpy and odd looking, and the on-the-field gameplay achieves the impressive feat of feeling both too slow and too fast at the same time.
The Video Game Critic
NFL Fever 2004 isn't terrible, but clearly the series was headed in the wrong direction.
Digital Entertainment News (den)
Still one of the most enjoyable ARCADE type sports games out there, the failure to improve itself or to add a more realistic feel to the game makes this version a big disappointment.
The Next Level
Overall, there's just no reason to buy this game, unless of course you desperately need to create a team named the Pansies and give them pink uniforms. Sure, Fever 2004 is playable over Xbox Live, but so is ESPN Football, and the latter is an infinitely better game. If online play isn't your thing, then just do yourself a favor and get yourself Madden. If you for some reason just can't bring yourself to buy an EA or Sega game, then just go ahead and deposit your 50 dollars into a stripper's G-String, because even a nerd like you has a better chance of getting fulfillment from a stripper than from a Microsoft football title.