I just bought this last night and spent hours playing it. It is so much better than 2002. And 2002 was a very good game. Just the little things make a big difference and make the whole game experience that much better. Like at the start of each race they will sing the national anthem and fighter jets fly over the track and then the cars start their engines. I also like the detail and authentic look of all the tracks. When racing it is alot more realistic, when the back end of your car slides out it takes alot more to get control of it again, if you get out of the groove and get too high on the track you get into debris and crap and you slow down and the car goes out control. I also like that the cars get dirty and you leave a mark on the wall if you hit it. The game itself has so much more depth to it. There is a training mode that lets you select one of the top drivers to coach you. There is also a situation mode where they put you in a real situation that has happened to a specific driver and you have to what he did in that race. If you complete the task then you unlock old cars and tracks, they are like Madden cards. Overall this is a very fun game, I have not got deep into the game yet, or have even got into career mode yet but this game looks to be competing for my time with Madden. These EA sports games are GREAT! How am I going to have time for these games when NHL 2003 comes out?