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GamePro (US) (Aug 12, 2002)
John Madden’s moving to Monday Night Football this year. For every other night of the week, you might be playing his football game. Madden football is digging in after weathering a spirited charge from NFL 2K2 and NFL Fever 2002 last year. By upgrading its roster of features, Madden NFL 2003 is looking meaner than ever as the game to beat this season.
Nintendojo (Sep 20, 2002)
Forget the incumbents, this game dominates like Bonds on steroids. Marshall Faulk is the perfect cover spokesperson for this instalment as he embodies what 2003 is for Madden: steady, reliable, accurate, excellent, abnormally good… need I go on?
I'm not a big fan of arm chair fooseball. Yeah, I'll play it, I'll watch a real game, but it's not that big of a thing for me. So, it is truly great praise coming from me when I say that Madden NFL 2003 has outdone itself.
GamersMark (Aug 24, 2002)
Enjoy the excitement of the NFL football season in EA’s latest title, Madden NFL 2003. Madden NFL ’03 promises to deliver one of the best gaming experiences in the history of football gaming. And it easily does. The competitive standard for interactive football gaming is back and it’s going to be a very big year for football fans & video gamers everywhere! The Madden series was always built on excellence. And 2003 is no different from the rest.
There’s no denying that this is a great pigskin title, no matter what system it’s on. The GameCube version seems to hamper players a little bit just because of the odd configuration of the controller, but everything else is smooth and silky. The graphics might not look as crisp as they do on the Xbox version, but who cares? This is the best football game of the year – go get it.
Armchair Empire, The (Sep 14, 2002)
Despite the improvements, I’m going to assign Madden 2003 the same score that I gave Madden 2002. The changes are nice, but none of them mark a truly great leap over last year’s game. Additionally, while other games are going online to increase the value of the product (including even Madden 2003 on the PS2), the GameCube edition is, sadly, missing this feature. With online play Madden 2003 would clearly be one of the best games on the GCN, without it, it remains a fine game that will suck up hours of most player’s time.
91 (Oct 15, 2002)
Angesichts der schwachen Konvertierungen, die in den letzen Wochen auf dem GameCube aufgetaucht sind, wird es die Besitzer freuen, dass sich EA für die GameCube-Premiere der Madden-Serie gewaltig ins Zeug gelegt hat. Madden NFL 2003 auf dem Cube ist so gut wie auf jedem anderen System und muss spielerisch in keinem Punkt Einbußen hinnehmen. Das Gameplay ist durchdacht, die Grafik ein Genuss und mit den zahlreichen Spielmodi genügend Futter für lang anhaltenden Spielspaß vorhanden. An die im direkten Vergleich etwas unglückliche Steuerung hat man sich schnell gewöhnt und auch die englischen Kommentare stören nur eingefleischte Englisch-Hasser. Mit Madden NFL 2003 feiert die Kult-Serie einen gelungenen Cube-Einstand und macht schnell klar, wieso die Serie seit Jahren als Referenz bezeichnet wird, die sowohl Anfängern als auch Profis uneingeschränkten Spielspaß bietet. Go get it!
Gamers' Temple, The (Sep 20, 2002)
The game's graphics are quite good, with numerous and smooth player animations. The player faces are expressive, and you can see their eyes move as they look around. The helmets are a little too reflective, with even white helmets reflecting the surrounding stadium. Also, the players' faces look realistic, but they don't look all that much like the player's themselves.
(PAL version)
EA Sports geht hier mit der Zeit. Wer sich also einmal ernsthaft mit dieser Sportart und all ihren Möglichkeiten spielerisch auseinander setzen möchte, dem sei zu Madden NFL 2003 geraten. Ein besseres Footballspiel ist in Europa zurzeit nicht auf dem Markt. Doch Vorsicht! Das Spiel ist nur komplett in Englisch erhältlich.
IGN (Aug 08, 2002)
After 13 years and tens of millions of copies sold, the best way to begin reviewing the latest edition of EA's Madden NFL franchise, Madden NFL 2003, is to examine the new stuff. You already know it's the standard for licensed big league sports games in general and football in particular. But since they want another $50 out of each and every member of the game buying public this fall, EA has gone to great lengths to offer up more customization options than ever before and new game modes designed to enhance your enjoyment of the rock solid football engine.
Was soll man zu Madden-Football noch groß sagen? Es ist gewissermaßen das Tetris der Football-Spiele. Gut, auf dem Spielfeld lösen sich die Defensive Lines nicht auf, wenn sie eine Reihe bilden und die Akteure können sich in mehr als vier Richtungen drehen, dennoch wird jeder, der sich im amerikanischen Sportspielgenre bewegt, etwas mit dem Namen anzufangen wissen. Gameplaymäßig ist Madden NFL 2003 wie üblich nahe an der Perfektion, trotzdem wurden einige Feinschliffe an den passenden Punkten angebracht. Die bedeuten jedoch sehr viel eher einen erhöhten Bedienungskomfort als eine wirkliche Veränderung der Spielmechanik.
GameSpot (Aug 19, 2002)
There's a lot to like about Madden 2003. You'll undoubtedly enjoy the numerous modes it has to offer, and enough adjustments and changes have been made to the commentary and the gameplay to warrant a purchase even if you have last year's game. Unfortunately, the few small problems its gameplay does have really prevent from it being the top football game on the GameCube.
85 (Oct 09, 2002)
Toujours au top, la série Madden NFL fait une excellente prestation sur GameCube 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.
La référence absolue du genre. Magnifique, plus accessible qu'avant, passionnant seul ou à deux, et doté d'une énorme durée de vie.
80 (Nov 15, 2003)
If you’re a fan of NFL (if you’re not, why are you reading this?) this is a must-have game. With much improvements made by EA, you can only benefit from this game. If you’ve never been a fan of Madden, now has never been a better time. With all the features, lovely graphics, and in-depth gameplay, Madden is a game you should hop into. Next year can only become better. Plus, there is no longer any SEGA sports titles for the GameCube. Madden definitely is the NFL choice.
Cubed3 (Oct 04, 2003)
Madden 2003 is a great game. Yes its by EA, and it will be updated in November, but this really is a great game, that fans of the sport will love, and gamers will love to. If you hate the sport, don't bother getting the game, but at least give it a rent, as this really is a great game. Its so deep that when 2004 comes around you will still be playing this game. It has so many little details to keep you coming back for ages. Its not perfect, but its damn well close. This is one of the best sports series gaming has had, and the 2003 entry goes down as the best yet. If your only curious about the game, rent it, you wont regret it, the game really has so much to keep everybody happy. There are so many modes, and so much to find, that when you put the game into your cube, you will have only scratched the surface. The game only really lets down on defense and sound, though neither are at all bad.
Factornews (Oct 26, 2002)
Madden atteint une perfection rare dans la simulation de sport. Restent les règles complexes et un jeu volontairement haché qui entrelace action et stratégie. Un jeu malheureusement réservé aux fans de Football Américain malgré les efforts fait pour éduquer le joueur.