Madden NFL 2002 Preview
Last year the virtual reality showdown between two NFL titles got really hot! On one hand we had NFL 2K1 and on the other Madden NFL 2001. Both were unbelievably great sport-sims that featured a wide amount to choose from. I picked my favorite as Madden 2001, and so did a bare majority. While 2K1 was incredible, it lacked in some fields such as the play book, which I found to be somewhat shallow. The running game was improved but still too tough to get acquainted with. Minor things like that kept NFL 2K1 from being my pick as best pigskin title, but nonetheless I loved it, it's just that I loved Madden more. Being strangely addicted to Madden 2001 on the PS2, I knew I had to get my hands on another and new Madden title as soon as possible. Thankfully, in just about a month, I'll be playing Madden 2002 on my PS2, and so should many of you.
As if the first wasn't gorgeous enough, EA Sports has enhanced the graphics engine so that it would feature more realistic looking player models and facial expressions, than those found in the first on PS2. As of course many of us know, Madden 2001 had somewhat stumpy looking characters, but that's all going to change. The players are now accommodated by an all new "player face and body technology," which makes the athletes faces and body shapes look more accurate towards their real life counterpart. As NCAA 2002 proved to me, there is a possibility that brand new motion captured animations will make their way onto Madden 2002, and hopefully it's more than just three or four. While we haven't been treated to many Madden 2002 screens, yet, around review time I'll make sure to snap up dozens of gameplay screenshots for all of you. In the meantime I'll try to beg my EA PR for a finished copy of Madden 2002, we'll keep you up to date. Below is a list of the many features you'll be receiving in the second PS2 Madden title.
- Coach animations feature new face and body technology. Madden NFL is still the only game where actual coaches can roam the sideline.
- New modes include Two-Minute Drill, where points can be earned on offense or defense in a quick-hitting fast-paced game within the game; Create-a Team, featuring customized uniforms, helmets and stadiums; and Coach's Corner, where you can learn about the X's and O's of football from John Madden while perfecting in-game skills.
- Play and draft with the newest NFL franchise, the Houston Texans. Take them to the Super Bowl in Franchise Mode.
- New Madden Cards with new players, new designs and cheerleaders.
- Hundreds of new animations have been added, while a new focus on player emotion and high drama has been added with cool replays featuring camera angles a TV broadcast can't capture, such as inside the huddle.
- With Widescreen TV support, you can now see all of your receivers run their patterns.
- Madden NFL 2002 incorporates strategy from real NFL coaches and John Madden himself, improvements to blocking and pass coverage lead the list of changes for 2002.