Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Improves upon already stunning graphics and amps game play with faster speed and such fresh gridiron moves as sidearm passing and—wahoo!—gang tackling.
  2. One of the most beautiful games I've ever had the pleaseure to oogle at...One of the most thorough and impressive games I have seen in any genre. [Nov 2002, p.116]
  3. 92
    The new play-by-play commentary (featuring Al Michaels, Madden's new booth partner on "Monday Night Football"), is superbly on target. It's also fresh and lively, compared to all those years of Pat Summerall's at-times dry delivery.
  4. A must for anyone with even a passing interest in football. It might very well be the finest game in the venerable history of the EA Sports series.
  5. With the Internet play and use of the console engine, it is king.
  6. The improvement of the computer AI is really felt here – if you tend to blitz too often, the computer will start relying on short out patterns that will burn you for a ton of yards.
  7. A huge play selection, terrific graphics, extensive gameplay modes (including the online options), and a new first-person view make Madden NFL 2003 one of the best football games available.
  8. It looks fantastic, it's a blast to play, and its the best football game out there, period. [Nov 2002, p.89]
  9. 86
    Solid gameplay and improved online support ensure the only NFL game in town for the PC is an excellent one.
  10. With the PC version now using the console engine, more atmospheric gameplay, new moves and strategies for the players and coaches as well as the online features Madden 2003 is one of the most full featured gridiron simulations in recent years.
  11. If you have an Xbox or PlayStation 2, those are by far the better platforms for Madden 2003.
  12. It still feels like PC gamers are getting short-changed, especially since the multiplayer game is still so weak. [Nov 2002, p.114]

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