Madden NFL 2003 GameCube

Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
Buy On
  1. 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?
  2. 100
    Even beyond the football gameplay, you have to appreciate the wealth of extras and activities that make Madden NFL 2003 such an entertaining and complete package.
  3. Play Magazine
    100
    Above all, a better feeling and playing game, boosted by subtleties that you may not even recognize until you've made it to the playoffs.[Sept 2002, p.72]
  4. GameNow
    100
    The most well-rounded, option-rich football game in history. [A+: Sept 2002, p.51]
  5. Game Informer
    93
    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. [Sept 2002, p.85]
  6. 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.
  7. Armchair quarterbacks will find plenty to like here, from the extremely deep, almost sim-like gameplay to the ability to develop a custom playbook, to the new mini-camp, which lets you unlock hidden features and teams as you play.
  8. It’s franchise mode is deeper than ever, and gameplay more solid than ever. Once again, EA and Tiburon have topped themselves in all categories.
  9. A lot of gameplay modes and some pretty darn good football to boot; you can't go wrong with Madden NFL 2003.
  10. 88
    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.
  11. There's a lot to like about Madden 2003...the few small problems its gameplay does have really prevent from it being the top football game on the GameCube.
  12. Nintendo Power
    84
    The Madden games are closing in on perfection. [Sept 2002, p.161]
  13. The blend of presentation, visuals, sound, animation and commentary combines to create a believable and hugely enjoyable experience.

Awards & Rankings

#25 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2002
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. May 22, 2012
    10
    Classically great graphics, better than Madden 09 graphics for the wii. Gameplay is obviously great madden gameplay. A great classic GC game.Classically great graphics, better than Madden 09 graphics for the wii. Gameplay is obviously great madden gameplay. A great classic GC game. Only thing that i didnt like was the music Full Review »
  2. DavidK.
    Oct 22, 2003
    9
    Perfect game, unfortunately... it's... not perfect. The glitches are understandable. A fully 3D rendered world, perfect in every detail Perfect game, unfortunately... it's... not perfect. The glitches are understandable. A fully 3D rendered world, perfect in every detail with real physics is impossible. Players travel through other players, the ball bounces when it is about 6 inches away from hitting something, when a ball falls a player can pick it up without touching it and it zooms into their hand and it caught. Full Review »
  3. Smoove_criminal
    Jul 5, 2003
    10
    This game is the shit. can't get enuff of it. can't wait for madden2004!!!!