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About this product
- Product InformationRelive Oklahoma's 2000 championship season or rewrite history to take FSU to ultimate victory. NCAA Football 2002 allows fans a chance to lead any of 114 real-life Division 1-A and 1-AA NCAA teams to one of 26 bowl games, including the Rose Bowl. Follow the teams' BCS rankings and track individual player statistics. Build a dynasty that spans several seasons. Of course, one-time exhibition games and fantasy match-ups are also available, and the game's "Campus Cards" rewards system allows gamers to unlock special features.
As in previous versions, the gameplay mechanics of NCAA Football 2002 are similar to those of the popular Madden NFL series, though playbooks, uniforms, stadiums, and animations have been designed to be accurate to the collegiate game, and designers at EA SPORTS have made graphical improvements over the PlayStation 2's original Madden NFL 2001. NCAA Football 2002 games are called by Brad Nessler with color from Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit.
- PublisherEA Sports
- GameNCAA Football 2002
- PlatformSony PlayStation 2
- ESRB RatingE - Everyone
- Control ElementsGamepad/Joystick
- Number of Players1-8
- Release Year2001
- Game SeriesNCAA Football Series
Most relevant reviews
- hsvfan4life567Jul 04, 2010by
NCAA Football 2002 (PlayStation 2, 2001)
In the very early years of the NCAA Football series, it received relatively little attention from Electronic Arts, as it was somewhat of an afterthought to its more robust NFL counterpart. Through the years, the series has slowly garnered an identity of its own. Although still quite similar to its NFL counterpart on the PlayStation 2, particularly in the graphics department, NCAA Football 2002 has continued to evolve and has captured the pageantry and tradition of the college game better than any NCAA football game before it.
At first glance, NCAA Football 2002 looks almost like a carbon copy of Madden, with the pro players and stadiums being replaced by student athletes and college fields. Like Madden, the animation is ultrasmooth, and the player models sport a variety of accessories and team-specific trimmings on their jerseys. However, upon further inspection, there are some noticeable improvements in NCAA Football 2002, as opposed to last year's version of Madden. For example, the player faces aren't quite as unnatural anymore; the deadpan stare of the Madden players has been replaced by 3D facial models that show greater emotion and look more believable. The player animations have also improved, as transitions between different moves are noticeably smoother. New animations such as quarterback options and new jukes and tackles have been added in the game.
The stadiums in NCAA Football 2002 seem more authentic than the stadiums in the game's NFL counterpart. Every last detail, such as the exaggerated upper-deck addition to Maryland's Byrd Stadium and the giant scoreboard in Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium, are rendered in full 3D. Even the practice facility is ultradetailed and includes such subtle visual nuances as the team busses waiting in the parking lot and extra footballs and watercoolers lying on and around the benches. Another notable addition, inherent to the college game, is the team mascots and bands. The mascots in particular look eerily similar to their real-life counterparts, and their appearance in the game's title screen can be quite funny.
Electronic Arts has done an amazing job of capturing the look of the college game, but as usual, it all comes down to the gameplay. Although generally quite good in this department, this is where NCAA Football 2002 starts to show a few chinks in its armor. The game's controls work very much like the PS2 version of Madden 2001, which means that the scheme is relatively complex and takes some acclimatization. Every button on the Dual Shock controller has a function. The shoulder buttons are assigned such functions as pitching the ball to backs, left and right jukes, and punk faking, among others--all depending on in-game situations. The face buttons are used for speed bursts, diving, tackling, and passing, among other options. Thus, it takes some time to become accustomed to the variety of control choices available at any given time, which could turn off some players at first. However, for the patient, the controls can become second nature--after some playtime with the game--and you begin to appreciate the high level of command over the gameplay available in the game.Read full review
- maceyann0Feb 07, 2014by
A great gift for young or any age football fans.
My eleven year old grandson is a big fan of college football. His knowledge of the teams and players impress me. I like that it is not a game that glamorizes violence. He thoroughly enjoys this play station game and thinks his grandmamma is "cool" for buying it for him.
- yoshica123Sep 29, 2012by
Great gift for memories
Bought as a keepsake for my hubby because his football character (made in his likeness when he placed at TCU) is on this game :-) He had lost his original copy so I was too happy when I found a replacement for him
- keithmlvnApr 09, 2009by
collector, trying to collect all of the ncaa games to add to my collection. great series of games from EA sports!
- 520150923@delet...Mar 04, 2007by
NCAA Football 2002
Very good game. Not quite as good as the newer ones, but sometimes cost $$ makes up the difference. Still a very good game.