Conclusion: March Madness 2002 is not worth buying, because of the limited replay value and shaky AI. However, the game shows promise with the "realistic" gameplay additions and excellent sound package. Even though this is the first March Madness for the PS2, this game feels terribly rushed.
Excerpt: When I review a game, I generally like to start off with praise before I criticize certain features I'm not fond of. I feel I'm always respectful to the creators with my comments, because they took the time to make something for we, the gamers, to play.
Excerpt: Will basketball games ever stop appearing on consoles? Don’t hold your breath. Every year there are more basketball games released for consoles than I can count on my fingers. The NCAA March Madness series first appeared on the original PlayStation, with NCAA March Madness ‘99.
Excerpt: Basketball sims have become quite popular as of late, unfortunately, with the exception of one (NBA 2K2) pretty much every ball sim on the market is an overall flop. NBA Live 2001 was a good first attempt, but not different than its PSX counterpart, gameplay wise.
Conclusion: Why settle for a poorly developed basketball game when there are better games out there? I had high hopes for March Madness 2002, but my hopes were quickly dashed. The game is easy to beat and short in replay value. This is one disappointing effort.