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This year’s Madden release is nothing if not excellent. There are so many ways to play this game (franchise, create-a-team, etc.), you’ll have no problem getting your money’s worth within the first couple of weeks you play it. The crowds have received a much-needed facelift, the player models have been tweaked a bit, and the play animations have been revamped to show off this game’s capabilities. Aside from the updated rosters, there are a number of reasons to reinvest in Madden.
GameSpy (Aug 13, 2002)
Madden 2003 is the deepest pro football game available this season, rivaled only in replay value by it’s younger brother, NCAA 2003. Given the play editor, fine improvements to the off-season franchise mode, and gameplay that models the breakneck speed and action of the NFL better than anything we’ve seen before it, Madden 2003 for the Xbox deserves a serious look this season. It doesn’t get much better than this. The only thing we could hope for is online play, exclusive to the PlayStation 2 version this season.
91 (Oct 15, 2002)
Kompliment an EA Sports. Mit dem Madden-Einstand auf der Xbox wird die Messlatte für die kommende Konkurrenz gewaltig nach oben geschraubt: Die KI ist fordernd, motivierende Spielmodi gibt es bis zum Abwinken und als ob das alleine nicht ausreichen würde, wird dank der Editoren die Langlebigkeit des Spiels fast ins Unendliche gesteigert. Da sich auch Grafik und Sound auf einem durchweg überdurchschnittlichen Niveau befinden, gibt es keinen Grund für American Football-Fans, Madden NFL 2003 unbeachtet im Regal stehen zu lassen. Madden ist und bleibt die Nummer 1 - zumindest vorerst. Let the good times roll!
Game Vortex (Nov, 2002)
Before this year's football games were released, Madden 2003 was expected to be one of the favorites for the "Football Game of the Year." After playing it, I'd say it has a very good chance.
Game Chronicles (Jul 10, 2003)
The level of polish in Madden NFL 2003 puts the competition to shame. The few issues that pop up are crushed underfoot by the staggering quality of the game's depth and production values. The most apparent problem - the commentary - can be addressed simply by disabling it. You won't find a more authentic portrait of the gridiron war waged on Fall Sundays, and that's what counts most. Put your jersey on, lace up your spikes, and get your uniform dirty with Madden NFL 2003.
Thunderbolt Games (Jul 24, 2003)
So now we come down to the million dollar question: is Madden NFL 2003 worth you hard-earned cash if you already have last year's version? In my opinion, yes. Besides the obvious roster updates, you have the enhanced AI, new game modes (Madden 101, Minicamp, etc) and compatibility with NCAA Football 2003 - all features that make this too good a football simulation to pass up. The fine folks at Tiburon have brought Madden one step closer to gridiron perfection and all pigskin fans would do well to snatch it up immediately.
IGN (Aug 08, 2002)
I can honestly say that there could very well be football games that are more fun than Madden, but you won't find one that has more authenticity from top to bottom. Madden NFL 2003 is a can't miss because it accurately simulates NFL gameplay, NFL commentary, NFL uniforms, NFL stadiums and NFL players and that's what football gamers are looking for. If you hate football, then steer clear of this one. Everybody else, dust off those Hank Williams records and get rowdy like it's Monday Night every night.
Armchair Empire, The (Sep 15, 2002)
For the second year in a row, the Madden franchise proves it’s worthy of the praise from critics and fans alike. This is the complete package for realistic simulation football video game players that also spend their time managing a fantasy football league team. With NFL 2K3 giving it strong competition, Madden 2003 isn’t the unanimously best Xbox football game on the virtual field. But you sure won’t be disappointed if you choose Madden 2003 over Sega’s equally excellent pro football title, especially if extensively tooling around with the game’s unbelievable amount of extras and features is a big draw for you.
GameSpot (Aug 13, 2002)
Madden NFL 2003's abundance of modes and the amount of detail in them are sure to keep you busy for quite some time. But the few minor issues in the gameplay and the fact that it has the same general look as last year's game really prevent it from taking the crown in this year's football race, though it's still certainly one of the best football games out there.
85 (Oct 02, 2002)
Toujours au top, la série Madden NFL fait une excellente prestation sur Xbox 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 still seems to be as strong as ever, though it still repeats the same mistakes that have plagued the latest entries to the series, those being the lack of pass defence AI and the lack of an effective running game. The game features enough content to hold Madden fans over to the next entry in the series, though casual fans may even be able to live off this entry for a little longer than a year.
Not everything about Madden makes me want to bitch, like I said the franchise is still as deep as ever. The graphics are solid, albeit the same as last year's, and the game play is as smooth as ever. Madden does the same thing it does every year, make it's fans happy. Adding a little here and even less here is enough for the Madden-ites, but I myself want something more. Call me greedy but for 50 dollars I don't yesterday's re-heated Chef Boyardee, I want a manly, freshly made steak with lots of potatoes. Perhaps they will re-work next year's game to stay in competition. I doubt it unfortunately the Madden fans are easy to please, re-hash it again next year guys and keep raking in the dough! EA stays the same!