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Even beyond the football gameplay, you have to appreciate the wealth of extras and activities that make Madden NFL 2003 such an entertaining and complete package. Just as in real football, every video game football team has its fans, but there's no arguing that the Madden football franchise is one of the best and it just got better.
With tried and true Madden gameplay refined to perfection, Madden is, as always, in a league of its own. There isnt a football game around with as many modes as gameplay as deep. Online play is the main draw, but even without it Maddens wealth of modes and insane attention to detail with stats and presentation would keep gamers playing well into the year 2003. Just in time for EA and Tiburon to blow our socks off again with Madden NFL 2004.
In the end, if you're still stuck on whether to purchase Madden 2003 or NFL 2K3, it's simply a matter of preference. I really liked Madden's simulated football experience and the extensive franchise features. NFL 2K3 posts slightly better graphics and offers a little faster, arcade atmosphere of football. The gameplay of Madden 2003 is what should eventually help you make your decision, and if you love the EA Sports/Tiburon game engine, Madden 2003 is an obvious choice. The game physics are revamped and the overall structure is genuine, offering technical aspects with exciting gameplay. Overall, this is one of the best sports titles to hit your PS2 period; consider yourself lucky if you're a football fan.
Es ist kaum zu glauben, aber EA Sports hat es tatsächlich geschafft, die Madden-Serie weiter zu verbessern. Die KI ist fordernder als je zuvor, die Spielmodi bieten sowohl Gelegenheitsspielern als auch Langzeit-Zockern mehr als genug Motivation und Spielraum, die Editoren sind umfangreich, lassen dabei jedoch keine Bedienungswünsche offen und die Animationen sind schlichtweg fantastisch.
Langsam fragt man sich aber, was EA in der nächstjährigen Auflage noch verbessern will, denn Madden NFL 2003 ist spielerisch so perfekt, wie man es sich nur wünschen kann. American Football-Fans mit PS2 können blind zugreifen, selbst wenn sie den Vorgänger schon haben und selbst Spieler, die vorher noch nicht viel mit der Sportart am Hut hatten, kommen durch Madden vielleicht auf den Geschmack.
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Overall, Madden 2003 is a major step up over last year's game.
I was actually surprised at the number of little enhancements Madden NFL 2003 has over its predecessor. It seems that the overall improvement in this game is greater than the sum of its parts. The way that every other game mode is meant to refocus your attention on the sound NFL gameplay adds subtle depth without ever letting us get away from the fact that this franchise is all about one thing: NFL realism. From the television style presentation to the cheerleader show at halftime, the polish and substance of Madden NFL 2003 proves once again why it's the standard by which every other NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball game by every company (including EA) want to live up to.
In its 13th year, Madden NFL™ Football is the undisputed leader in authentic NFL football simulation. Its combination of jaw-dropping graphics and animations, realistic player AI, in-depth play modes, and the most innovative features is beyond comparison. With a primary focus on in-game graphics and game play, this is the best looking, sounding and playing football game ever. This season Madden NFL Football continues to establish why it is the definitive interactive football experience.
Madden 2003 for the PlayStation 2 has online play, a robust franchise mode, and plenty of secondary modes to keep you busy, but the minor issues with the running and passing game really prevent it from being the absolute best representation of professional football that's available. Fans of previous Madden games will definitely enjoy it, and any other football fans should certainly give it a look.
Toujours au top, la série Madden NFL fait une excellente prestation sur PS2 pour une édition 2003 encore plus complète que les précédentes. Si les innovations ne justifient peut-être pas l'achat pour ceux qui possèdent déjà la version 2002, ils constituent tout de même un sérieux argument pour tous les autres qui pourront facilement foncer les yeux fermés s'ils veulent du vrai et du bon foot US sur leur console.
Madden NFL 2003 was quite a mixed bag for me this year, as not only did EA’s arrogance come into play, but they just tried to hard and pretty much failed in my eyes. Of course this is coming from a non-sports gamer, but even though I don’t really like sports games...this year’s Madden was a let-down as it’s basically an expansion of last year’s Madden with updated rosters, better graphics, and the online capability. So for this year’s “football war”, I’d have to say to go with NFL 2k3 as Sega has yet to disappoint me and I’m sure all of you will appreciate it also.
The game is fresh of the new ideas, making it a prime choice for the multiple canidates this year, with all that competition. I give it a 5 out of 5, the main glitch I saw, or heard for that matter is the sound. Those announcer comments can be too repetitive, which wasn't improved yet again, this time around. But other than that, it was a great game, no doubt about that.