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Madden NFL 2003 (Windows)

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Advertising Blurbs

www.xbox.com:
    Only one game is synonymous with American football gaming: Madden NFL Football from EA SPORTS™. For more than a decade, Madden NFL Football has delivered the most authentic, most realistic football game an unmatched feature set, and level of detail. The dominance continues with Madden NFL 2003. With more depth and polish, faster gameplay, jaw-dropping graphics and animations, realistic player AI, and new play modes, Madden NFL Football remains the undisputed leader in authentic NFL football simulation.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (15388) on Sep 21, 2010.

"Nintendo Winter 2002" promotional booklet - GameCube:
    In its 13th year, Madden NFL Football has perfected the art of authentic NFL football simulation. Its combination of jaw-dropping graphics and animations, realistic player AI, in-depth play modes, and truly innovative features is well-known. With a primary focus on in-game graphics and game play, this game looks great, sounds great, and plays even better! This season Madden NFL Football continues to establish why it is a top-notch interactive football experience.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Feb 26, 2006.

www.nintendo.com.au – GameCube:
    Madden NFL 2003 is packed with new features including enhanced graphics, updated rosters and an all new Mini-Camp mode.

    Even with the new features and the graphical facelift, there's no mistaking the rich engine of the demi-legendary Madden NFL series. The game even considers player weight and momentum before registering the outcome of a tackle.

    Football freaks will welcome the return of such familiar features as player substitutions, fatigue and injuries. Even casual fans, though, will appreciate the updated rosters, which include the expansion Houston Texans and the new division alignments.

    Any list of this year's improvements should begin with the excellent commentary delivered by Madden and Al Michaels, who react sharply and accurately to game situations with expert analysis.

    Your options range from a quick tune-up in Mini-Camp to building a dynasty that lasts years in Franchise Mode. Scout for Rookie’s and evaluate Free Agents during pre-season, or create your own players.

    New tackle animations and emotional cut-scenes emphasise big plays. Thanks to 300 new player faces, the generic look of seasons past is long gone. Madden NFL 2003 has enough snazzy improvements to make it a gotta-have sequel to last year's Madden.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54615) on Oct 02, 2005.

www.electronic-arts.de - PlayStation 2:
    Immer noch ist Madden NFL Football die unangefochtene Nr. 1 unter den American Football-Simulationen. Die Kombination aus atemberaubenden Grafiken und Animationen, einer realistischen Spieler-KI, mitreißenden Modi und neuen Features ist einfach beeindruckend. Bei der Entwicklung wurde gesteigerter Wert auf die Grafiken im Spiel und das Gameplay gelegt, wodurch eines der besten Football-Spiele überhaupt entstanden ist, was sowohl Grafik, Sound als auch Spielspaß angeht. Auch in dieser Saison beweist Madden NFL Football erneut, warum es das beste interaktive Football-Erlebnis bietet.

    Madden NFL 2003 ermöglicht zum ersten Mal auch Online-Spiele. Darüber hinaus enthält es das neue Houston Texans-Teams und berücksichtigt das neue NFL-Divisions-System.

    Features:

    • Online-Spiele - Bietet eine Online-Lobby, in der sich Spieler treffen und miteinander chatten und natürlich Madden gegen einander spielen können. Es ist ebenfalls möglich, sich aktuelle Aufstellungen während der gesamten NFL-Saison herunterzuladen (einschließlich Transfers, Positionswechsel und Verletzungen).
    • Mini-Camp - Mit John Maddens Cruiser-Tour-Bus auf der Reise in alle NFL-Städte, in denen es spezielle Aufgaben zu erfüllen gibt. Der Spieler kann seine Stars im Trainingsoutfit steuern und Experte auf allen Positionen werden. Denn er hat immer nur das eine Ziel vor Augen: so viele Madden Cards einheimsen wie möglich.
    • Audio Dream Team - Mit Kommentaren von John Madden und Al Michaels und mehr Analyse als je zuvor. Die neue Sound-Engine liefert immer den passenden Kommentar je nach Spielsituation und Spieler- bzw. Teamstatistik. Neue Spieler-Spieler-Diskussionen und verbesserte Zuschauer-Sounds.
    • Verbesserte Grafik und Darstellung - Neue Spezialbewegungen für Spieler; neue Filmsequenzen von Cheerleadern und zusätzliche Banksequenzen; über 300 realistische Spielergesichter; verschiedene Kameraperspektiven, die das Spiel noch authentischer gestalten.
    • Neuer Spielmechanismus - Schnelleres Spiel; Checks auch gegen Spieler ohne Ball; bessere Steuerung durch schnellere Animationen; verbessertes Passspiel; neue Sounds für Defensive Line, Linebackers und Defensive Backs.
    • Erstellen eines Playbooks - Der Spieler kann Formationen oder auch das komplette Playbook seines Teams individuell ändern. Somit kann jeder denkbare Spielzug auf dem Feld direkt erschaffen werden.
    • Verbesserungen am Franchise-Modus - Wie auch wirklich in der NFL möglich, kann der Spieler Rookies, Free Agents und erstellte Spieler in vier Spielen, die vor der eigentlichen Saison stattfinden, bewerten und ein Franchise-Team für ein Freundschaftsspiel exportieren. Dank des neuen Scouting-Berichts kann der Spieler Rookies leicht bewerten.
    • Fragen an Madden - Die Trainerlegende John Madden liefert Strategien und Tipps und Tricks in allen Spielsituationen.
    • Freischalten - Spieler, die NCAA Football 2003 besitzen, können besondere Madden Cards in Madden NFL 2003 freischalten.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66205) on Jul 21, 2005.

Electronic Arts UK website - PlayStation 2:

    The best gets better.



    In its 13th year, Madden NFL’ is the undisputed leader in authentic NFL 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 NFL game ever. This season Madden NFL continues to establish why it is the definitive interactive NFL experience. Madden NFL 2003 includes the new Houston Texans and the new NFL divisional alignment.

    FEATURES

  • Mini-camp - Features John Madden’s Cruiser Tour Bus traveling to all NFL cities to complete skilled tasks. Take control of players in practice gear and become an expert in all player positions in your ultimate goal to earn unique Madden cards.

  • NFL’s Best Commentary – The Monday Night NFL team of John Madden and Al Michaels handles commentary, with dynamic play-by-play and more analysis than ever before. Melissa Stark will also be reporting from the sidelines. New audio engine delivers appropriate commentary based on current game situation and player/team statistics. Greater use of on-field player sounds, including player banter, offensive and defensive audible calls, crushing hits and improved crowd reaction sounds.

  • Improved Graphics and Presentation - New signature player animations like sidearm quarter-backs, gang-tackling, stand-still receiver catches; new cut scenes with high-poly cheerleaders and additional emotion-based bench scenes; more than 300 realistic player faces; cinematic approach to camera positions gives new, more natural feel. Completely redone stadiums and fields provide an exceptionally realistic playing environment.

  • New Game play Mechanics - Faster game speed; players follow through, making hits on people without the ball; tighter control with quicker animations and reduced player momentum; more finely tuned passing game; independent audibles for defensive line, linebackers, and defensive backs. Enhanced ground game with all new spin moves, stiff arm moves, and inside running; all new receiver moves and routes; improved screen plays and quicker play action; more intelligent pass coverage.

  • Create-A-Playbook - Customise receiver routes, player formations, and your team’s entire playbook. Create virtually any play imaginable and play it on the field immediately.

  • Franchise Mode Enhancements - Just as you can in the real NFL, you’ll evaluate and progress rookies, free agents and created players during a four- game pre-season; Export a franchise team to exhibition play; Rookie Scouting Reports serve as a new way to evaluate rookies. 30 years of player progression logic with full career stats and enhanced computer managed team logic for trades and drafting.

  • EA SPORTS’ Trax – Songs throughout the game featuring Bon Jovi, Andrew WK, Nappy Roots featuring Marcos from P.O.D, Good Charlotte, (hed)pe, OK GO, Seether, Dry Cell, Audiovent and Epidemic.

  • Ask Madden – Legendary coach John Madden provides strategy and advice during both offensive and defensive play calling.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66205) on Jun 15, 2004.

Press Release:

    Best-Selling Football Videogame, Madden NFL 2003, Launches on Six Platforms
    In its 13th year, EA SPORTS’ cornerstone franchise adds online gaming, John Madden with Al Michaels commentary and new mini-camp mode



    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 12, 2002 – Football season officially starts today with the launch of Madden NFL’ 2003 from Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), the best-selling football videogame. The ship date was moved up a day due to the high demand from consumers. Available on six platforms, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube, the Xbox’ video game system from Microsoft, the PlayStation console, Game Boy® Advance and PC, the Madden NFL Football franchise enters into its 13th year as the undisputed leader in authentic NFL football simulation. In its history, the franchise has sold more than 25 million copies including more than four million copies of Madden NFL 2002.

    For the first time on the PlayStation 2 console, gamers can play Madden NFL 2003 head-to-head online with a Sony network adaptor.* Featuring an online lobby where gamers can meet, greet and chat, as well as download current player rosters throughout the NFL season, friends can challenge one another coast-to-coast in the most competitive football videogame available. On all of the consoles, Madden NFL 2003 features all-new commentary with the ABC Monday Night Football team of John Madden and Al Michaels, providing the most dynamic play-by-play and in-depth analysis ever. Melissa Stark will be reporting from the sidelines, while an all-new audio engine delivers appropriate game situation, as well as player and team statistics.

    Two new modes will please everyone from the first-time Madden player to the most hardcore Madden NFL 2003 football fans. The innovative Mini-Camp mode allows players to join John Madden’s Cruiser Bus traveling to all 32 NFL cities to compete in fun and challenging mini-games. Gamers have the opportunity to take controls of players in practice gear and become an expert in eight positions while trying to earn unique Madden cards. The new Create-a-Playbook mode allows you to customize receiver routes, player formations and a team’s entire playbook for both offense and defense; allowing the gamer to create virtually any play imaginable and play it on the field immediately.

    Madden NFL 2003 includes the expansion Houston Texans, the new NFL divisional alignment and new features in its signature franchise mode, making it the deepest such mode available. Gamers will also find dramatically improved graphics and presentation with new signature player animations like sidearm throws, gang-tackles, new high-emotion celebrations and cut scenes, more than 300 realistic player faces, animating 3D crowds and completely redone stadiums and fields that provide the most realistic playing environment possible. With new game play mechanics, the game speed of Madden NFL 2003 is significantly faster and features tighter control with quicker animations, an all-new interior running game and a more finely tuned passing game.

    Debuting in Madden NFL 2003, EA SPORTS TRAX, showcases new songs from today’s hottest bands with songs throughout the game from artists such as Bon Jovi, Andrew W.K., Nappy Roots (featuring Marcos from P.O.D.), Good Charlotte, OK GO, Audiovent, (hed) p.e., Seether and Quarashi. Many songs from these artists can be heard in Madden NFL 2003 before their albums are available.

    On PlayStation (PSOne) Madden NFL 2003 features updated team logos, team uniforms and the conversion of franchise mode to new NFL conference and division alignment as well as the official inclusion on the Houston Texans in Exhibition, Season and Franchise modes. The Game Boy Advance version has link play for head-to-head competition, full season stats tracking and scouting combine style Create-a-Player.

    For the PC, Madden NFL 2003 includes many of the same great features as the console versions like mini-camp, but also has a unique player mode that allows the user to only execute plays given by the computer coach, an all-new mouse plus keyboard control scheme and online game play with quick tournaments, quick games, an online hero persona that you can build up and customize, and ranked match ups with more stat rankings.*

    Madden NFL 2003, developed by Electronic Arts – Tiburon, one of the leading sports game studios in the country, is rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB and is available on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube, the Xbox’ video game system from Microsoft, the PlayStation console, Game Boy® Advance and PC. Consumers may purchase the game directly at the EA Store (http://eastore.ea.com) or by calling EA Direct Sales at 1-877/324-2637, for a suggested retail price of $49.95.

    EA SPORTS (www.easports.com) is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world. Its top-selling franchises and games include FIFA Soccer, John Madden Football’, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® Golf, NHL® Hockey, Knockout Kings’, NBA LIVE Basketball, Triple Play Baseball’ and NASCAR Thunder®.

    About Electronic Arts Electronic Arts, headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of more than $1.7 billion for fiscal 2002. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for the Internet, personal computers and video game systems. EA markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS’, EA GAMES’, EA SPORTS BIG’ and EA.COM. More information about EA’s products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

    * For more information regarding the online capabilities of this product, go to http://www.ea.com/easports/articles/ps2online.jsp.

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    Contributed by skl (1140) on Mar 01, 2004.

Back of Box - XBOX (Canada):
    The Best Gets Better

    Features

    • Football's Best Commentary
      Legendary play-by-play announcer Al Michaels and Melissa Stark join Johm Madden to complete football's best audio team.
    • New Mini-Camp Mode
      Tour NFL cities in the Madden Cruiser and compete in mini-games for unique Madden Cards.
    • New Create-A-Playbook
      Create your own offensive and defensive plays, formations, and receiver routes as you build your team's playbook from scratch.
    • Deepest Franchise Mode Ever
      30 years of career stats and player progression logic. Draft players with tips from your scouting staff and export your franchise team to all game modes.
    • New EA SPORTS Trax
      Features 11 hot music releases from Andrew W.K., Nappy Roots feat, Marcos from P.O.D., (hed)p.e., Quarashi, Good Charlotte, Bon Jovi and more.


    Mini-camp DB swat ball drill
    Enhanced defensive gameplay
    Run-stuffing gang tackles
    New stiff-arm moves

    Contributed by JPaterson (9146) on Feb 22, 2003.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:

    THE BEST GETS BETTER



    FEATURES
  • TAKE YOUR GAME ONLINE**
    Access an online community where you can meet, chat, download rosters, and play against Madden gamers across the country.

  • FOOTBALL'S BEST COMMENTARY
    Legendary play-by-play announcer Al Michaels and Melissa Stark join John Madden to complete football's best audio team.

  • NEW MINI-CAMP MODE
    Tour NFL cities in the Madden Cruiser and compete in mini-games for unique Madden Cards.

  • NEW CREATE-A-PLAYBOOK
    Create your own offensive and defensive plays, formations, and receiver routes as you build your team's playbook from scratch.

  • DEEPEST FRANCHISE MODE EVER
    30 years of career stats and player progression logic. Draft players with tips from your scouting staff and export your franchise team to all game modes.

  • NEW EA SPORTS TRAX
    Features 11 hot music releases from Andrew W. K., Nappy Roots feat, Marcos from P.O.D., (hed)p.e., Quarashi, Good Charlotte, Bon Jovi, and many more.

    NEW STIFF-ARM MOVES

    MINI-CAMP DB SWAT BALL DRILL

    RUN-STUFFING GANG TACKLES

    ALL-NEW CATCHES

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69753) on Nov 24, 2002.