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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.


ESPN NFL Football Xbox Customize down to the floors and the walls.
ESPN NFL Football Xbox NFL Trivia game playable from the crib.
ESPN NFL Football Xbox Title screen.
ESPN NFL Football Xbox Each team's arena is accurately modeled.

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Alternate Titles

  • "NFL 2K4" -- Informal Title

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Sep 02, 2003 5 out of 5 100
IGN Sep 04, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
GameSpot Sep 04, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
GameZone Sep 14, 2003 9.2 out of 10 92
Lawrence Sep 05, 2003 A- 91
The Next Level (USA) Oct 06, 2003 A- 91
Digital Entertainment News (den) Oct 13, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
XBox-Zone Nov 18, 2003 88 out of 100 88
Next Level Gaming Sep 05, 2003 87 out of 100 87
Factornews Dec 23, 2003 8 out of 10 80


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Corn Popper (68940) added ESPN NFL Football (Xbox) on Sep 09, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Charles Lippert (642)