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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.


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Alternate Titles

  • "NFL 2K4" -- Informal Title

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Critic Reviews

Game Chronicles Nov 07, 2003 9.6 out of 10 96
Diehard GameFan Sep 09, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95 Dec 27, 2003 92 out of 100 92
Game Freaks 365 2004 9 out of 10 90
Lawrence Sep 05, 2003 90 out of 100 90 Nov 28, 2003 17 out of 20 85
The Video Game Critic Sep 20, 2003 B+ 83
Game Revolution Sep, 2003 B+ 83
Digital Entertainment News (den) Sep 30, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82
Official UK Playstation 2 Magazine Dec, 2003 8 out of 10 80


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Charles Lippert (642) added ESPN NFL Football (PlayStation 2) on Sep 09, 2003
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