Conclusion: advantage that it had last year. So how does it stack up against its fierce Xbox football competition? Fever 2003 again is a good showing amongst the first-party contingent, but isn’t so hot when lined up against either of the two better Xbox choices, Madden 2003 and NFL 2K3. There are a lot of good features in the NFL Fever 2003 package. The graphics are again done consistently well.
Excerpt: I was very impressed with "NFL Fever 2002". While it's not an entirely fault-free offering (some of the AI didn't seem entirely right and elements of realism were questionable), last year's offering boasted smooth gameplay, excellent graphics and a solid overall presentation.
Conclusion: Microsoft is a big company known for producing software. Football games are often flagship titles, so you'd expect a company to take pride in such a title. We know they have the ability to put out some stellar software titles, but Fever 2003 has most of the same flaws of Fever 2002 and the flaws really detract from the fun of the game.
Excerpt: With Week 2 of the NFL season in the books, who could have predicted both the Rams and Steelers would still be seeking their first victory, while the lowly Panthers would be sitting pretty at 2-0? I don’t even think the pigskin prognostications of NFL Fever could have foreseen such a scenario and let’s face it folks, NFL Fever was pretty impressive picking the winners of Monday Night Football last season, not to mention their Super Bowl accolades.
Excerpt: Last year, Microsoft shocked the football community with NFL Fever 2002. While early on in development it appeared to be a disappointment, Microsoft released a very solid title. While some felt it wasn't as good as Madden or NFL 2K, I enjoyed many aspects of Fever. This year, Microsoft continues to build on last year's success and adds a new element into the title--online play.
Conclusion: NFL Fever 2003 picks up right where NFL Fever 2002 left off and ads a few new features that beef up the presentation and gameplay of the game over its predecessor. This year’s game is very similar to last year’s title with the addition of Xbox Live support, which is not yet functional. Xbox Live will be the biggest reason to get NFL Fever 2003, even if you already own 2002.