I wonder how much of the quibbles that people have w/ the various football titles have to do w/ a lack of a working knowledge of the game, play calling, controls, settings, ect.. I've played w/ people who will pass every down, never run, never punt, try for a 2-point play after every touchdown, try to kick 65 yard field goals, and get mad when they don't make it. And after a terrible gaming experience, they say in frustration: "That's why I like Madden/Fever/Sega football better". I am a big fan of Fever and the Sega series - both are great. But once people have the opportunity to play all 3 on their own system, you will find the same thing true year after year - all of them have their strenghts and weaknesses. The experience we derive from playing each game, good or bad, has alot to do w/ the settings, how the AI responds to our knowledge (or lack thereof) of the game, and whether our play is conventional or not, meaning that if you choose to pass on every play and not mix things up a bit between the pass and run, I'm sure the AI has been programmed to counteract that - that's why they call it AI. When we hear people state that the game cheats them in a certain area whether on offense or defense, the first thing I think of is: What level are you on? Are you attempting to play unconventional football (pass on every down, never punt, seldom run, ect...)? Do you have a good knowledge of the game?...and so on. These are questions that the rest of us will never know, which is why I take personal reviews that severely criticize another football series w/ a grain of salt. I have played them all, and they are all good in what they attempt to accomplish, but all of them have their own shortcomings. I prefer Fever and Sega, but I'll reserve judgement of which I like best until after I've played both. Professional reviews may be insightful, but nothing beats hands-on.