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While the title of this game boasts the ESPN license, this is actually the next game in Sega's NFL 2K series.

ESPN NFL Football has many gameplay modes that include quick game, franchise, season, tournament, practice, first-person football, and online play. The most extensive mode in the game is the franchise mode. This mode allows you to play one season after another and comes complete with a draft and off-season player dealings, like signing and releasing players, governed by the real rules of the NFL, where trade deadlines and salary caps are standard.

Another new feature in ESPN NFL Football is a virtual apartment called 'The Crib.' The Crib serves as a showcase for all of the bonus items and awards you win by completing objectives. The objectives range from simple accomplishments, like looking at certain things in the game's menu, playing for one hour, and playing for five hours, to big play accomplishments, like returning a punt or kick for 99 yards or completing a game without dropping any passes. With every completed objective, you earn a trophy or item that you can use to decorate your crib. The items range from different-looking furniture, like couches and bar stools, to bobble heads and in-game cheats. You can also find hidden free agents, like Michael Irvin, and posters and soundtracks from old Sega games, like Jet Set Radio and previous NFL 2K games.

Another feature added to this game is first-person football. This setup was created to give you a virtual experience of what it's like playing on the field.

Chris Berman again adds ESPN style commentary for the audio track.


ESPN NFL Football Xbox First person football mode.
ESPN NFL Football Xbox Main menu.
ESPN NFL Football Xbox Viewing the quarterback in a passing play.
ESPN NFL Football Xbox Outdoor arenas have weather and wind to consider.

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Alternate Titles

  • "NFL 2K4" -- Informal Title

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Xbox Sep 02, 2003 5 out of 5 100
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Sep 09, 2003 5 out of 5 100
GameZone Xbox Sep 14, 2003 9.2 out of 10 92
Lawrence Xbox Sep 05, 2003 A- 91
The Next Level Xbox Oct 06, 2003 A- 91
Next Level Gaming Xbox Sep 05, 2003 87 out of 100 87
The Video Game Critic PlayStation 2 Sep 20, 2003 B+ 83
Digital Entertainment News (den) PlayStation 2 Sep 30, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Sep 22, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Factornews Xbox Dec 23, 2003 8 out of 10 80


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