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NFL 2K3 continues to make a strong run for the video game football title. With smart A.I., great controls, and a take-no-prisoners approach to football, it should earn All-Pro status again.
NFL 2K3 is overwhelmingly good. This game is one of the finest gridiron products on the market with great gameplay, smooth graphics and options that would take all day to describe. While perhaps not a perfect football game (if there is such a thing), NFL 2K3 definitely raises the bar. This game is as good as Gameday is bad, and that's reeeeally good.
NFL 2K3 delivers just about everything a football fan could want. There's a deep franchise mode, the gameplay is excellent, and the ESPN license has been integrated quite well. You'll hear familiar music from various ESPN shows and get some of the ESPN style during the actual game in the form of split-screen replays. In addition, there are some nice little touches like weekly wrap-ups that include brief comments on each game. Furthermore, the Sega Sports challenge provides the game with a competitive element that adds replay value to the title. It's not exactly an online multiplayer feature, but it's one of the many options that make NFL 2K3 an excellent all-around game.
Overall, NFL 2K3 is par or and maybe even better than the Madden series of EA Sports. Adding the ESPN brand to the series does nothing but help this series, and others, to continue to thrive and to challenge the competition. If you want a formidable option to quench your football thirst and sick of the Madden siries, give this game a try, and you might find yourself making SEGA Sports your new brand name of choice.
In the final analysis, NFL 2K3 is a great football game that inches ever closer to football simulation nirvana. The inclusion of several key features, especially this year's multi-faceted Franchise Mode, makes huge strides over last year's offering.
NFL 2K3 isn't a bad game. It looks pretty nice, and the players move smoothly. The depth of playcalling is incredible, and the ability to bypass the complexity is an excellent touch. And if you haven't already noticed (I hope you have...), I LOVE the ESPN touch (I'm starting to get annoying with that, aren't I?) In-game stats are given more detail than the game's rival, and the overall presentation is a bit nicer and slicker than that other football game. But it only goes so far - Madden 2003 is still the king this season, and NFL 2K3 will have to be second best for one more year.
If Madden 2003 and NFL 2K3 went head to head on the field, the Vegas spread would be a measly three points in favor of Madden 2003. In the end, NFL 2K3’s ability to hurry to the line (how many times have we been caught on delay of game penalties in Madden?), eight hot route options (compared to Madden’s four), and TV presentation just aren’t enough to pull out a victory against Madden 2003’s play challenge feature, defensive strafe, and mini-camp mode. Next year’s editions could tighten the score even more, and believe me, we’re all looking forward to it.
Without a doubt, NFL 2K3 is the best-looking football game on the GameCube. The player models look fantastic complete with animated faces and facial textures that look fairly close to the real thing. Players will angrily talk to themselves after making a mistake or crack a smile after they've made a big play. It goes a long way towards making the players seem alive instead of like a bunch of drones all marching to the beat of the same drum. As good as the player models are, they play second fiddle to the animation. There simply has never been a sports game with such realistic, varied animations. You can forget about watching the same tackle animation over and over, and it seems as if everything is based upon real physics instead of being scripted. Aside from some level of detail issues that make the field textures blurry, Visual Concepts has outdone itself with NFL 2K3's graphics and it will be interesting to see how it improves them for next year's game.
Für Fans, die ein simulationslastiges American Football-Vergnügen suchen, das mit einem grandiosen Franchise-Modus für lang anhaltende Freude sorgen wird, ist NFL 2K3 genau das richtige. Grafisch zumeist eine Pracht und in punkto Präsentation gleichauf mit Madden gibt es trotzdem einige Mankos, die das Spiel hinter der Referenz auf Platz 2 einstufen. Dazu gehören beispielsweise Unstimmigkeiten in den Bereichen Physik und KI. Auch das nicht optimal gelöste Spielzugauswahl-System und die spartanische Spielmodi-Auswahl werden einige Spieler wieder zu Madden greifen lassen. Und selbst wenn die Multiplayer-Duelle zu spannenden Schlachten ausarten können, vermisst man schmerzlich einen Online-Modus wie auf der Xbox. Unter dem Strich ein Spiel, das deutlich macht, das EA mit Sega einen harten Konkurrenten im Kampf um die Football-Krone gefunden hat - auch, wenn es nicht ganz reicht, um die alte und neue Nummer 1 zu stürzen.