NFL 2K3 GameCube
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  • Summary: NFL 2K3 upgrades Sega Sports' football series with realistic player animations, play-calling intelligence, and an on-the-fly audible system. With Franchise mode, you get total team control as player, coach, and general manager. A new ESPN broadcast system lets you review all the highlights from your games. Now you can track the best players, make the smartest trades, and build the most dominant team in the league. NFL 2K3 also brings you closer to the action with updated rosters and authentic stadiums. Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 100
    As far as the three main game systems go, the Xbox graphics—as usual—look the sharpest...NFL 2K3 is a straight-ahead, hard-as-knuckles football game.
  2. 100
    The best looking, most fluid portrayal of football you can find. [A: Sept 2002, p.50]
  3. If your looking for a game that redefines the football genre year after year, go with NFL 2K3. If you want a game that is the same every year, and offers nothing new, then go with Madden.
  4. 91
    NFL 2K3 has not only narrowed the gap between it and Madden -- it might have surpassed it.
  5. If you're looking for a pure sim with plenty of extras, plunk down the cash for "Madden." If you're looking to smash it up with your buds over Xbox Live, then NFL 2K3 is your best bet this year. [Fall 2002, p.106]
  6. This up-and-coming franchise has been breathing down Madden’s hairy back for years, and now it might finally have the ammo to leapfrog him.
  7. It’s the best looking, most enticingly put together football game this year, but playing it is about as enjoyable as watching The Jets get mauled the first few weeks of this season.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. BradS.
    Aug 16, 2002
    This is the must have for any true xbox enthusiast. This game is true to life in its player details and its gameplay. When xbox goes live this is the game to have, don't miss out on this one. Expand
  2. PhilipV.
    Aug 14, 2002
    For any Xbox owner preparing to own the Xbox Live service, this is head over heels yours over madden. If your not going to purchase the Xbox live service you may want to rent each and make your own decision. Both games offer some variety, and due to the ever growing competition between sega sports and ea sports they are pushed to make them better and better, NfL 2k3 is a solid presentation. Expand
  3. Jan 3, 2014
    Looking back 12 years ago, This game was a good successor to NFL 2K1 & 2K2. This game still sets some standards for football games today. One thing for sure is classics like these are better than new ones today. If you are looking for some old-school, retro football game on Game Cube: plug in 2 controllers, buy the game, enter the disk, and prepare for some chaotic fun. Expand
  4. MatC.
    Dec 14, 2002
    Sorry to burst the bubble, but this game isn't *that* good. I dare you to play a full 15 minute game! 120-113? Sorry - there's this thing called a playclock. Anyone at sega, look at EA's college game. Grab a chip, and you'll see your self with a delay of game thinking too long. Flow of gameplay is crucial, and NFL misses that. Shame, too. It's beautiful. If you like 3-minute quarters, this is your game. =) Expand

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