• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Aug 12, 2002
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. The AI and specific aspects of the gameplay need tweaking, and graphically it could stand a few tweaks too, but very fun to play regardless.
  2. 80
    The advances in gameplay, graphics, and features are quite noticeable as GameDay is a solid, enjoyable football experience; however, it’s still not yet ready to take the starter position.
  3. If I felt like I had more control over stopping the pass, I would probably rate Gameday 2003 higher.
  4. True fans of the series can take heart at its improvements, but it looks like next year will have to be its Cinderella season. [Sept 2002, p.79]
  5. Solid online gameplay along with its constantly updated stats and rosters are a major advantage for Gameday, turning the game into every fantasy football players best dream come true.
  6. An above average football game that will appeal to gamers who are more enthralled with running up the score or having a full-fledged shoot out than an NFL simulation.
  7. A huge advancement over last year’s poor efforts...probably the best GameDay to date, but it is still not enough to match the polish and quality of "NFL 2K3" or Madden.
  8. 70
    Faster, better looking, and multiplayer friendly (thank you online play), the developers are back on track with its philosophy of "real football"...[but] the Madden and 2K series are still safely on top.
  9. While not in the same league as the "Madden" series or "NFL 2K3," Sony's latest PlayStation 2 football title is fun and accessible.
  10. A perfect example of a game that doesn't have any serious problems but doesn't do anything to really set itself apart, making it difficult to recommend because there are better alternatives available.
  11. After playing GD 2003, I won't think of the series as a laughingstock anymore. The game has earned my respect, but it still has a while to go.
  12. If this were an actual NFL season, Madden 2003’s record would be 14-2, NFL 2K3 would be 13-3, and GameDay 2003 would squeak by into the virtual football playoffs as a wildcard with an 9-7 record.
  13. Not even the usefulness of ‘hot routes’ and a lean (but lonely) online mode can keep this horse from being dead last on a three-way race.
  14. 60
    Matches up decently to last year's Madden and Sega offerings, but those games are doubtlessly improved this year.
  15. Until 989 finds their niche and polishes the basics, they will always be underdogs on the virtual football field.
  16. No longer an utter mess, but it still isn't in the same league as the top PS2 football games. [Oct 2002, p.30]
  17. GameDay has earned my respect, but "Madden" has earned my $50. [Oct 2002, p.148]
  18. Another mediocre 989 Sports title that just doesn't measure up to its stiff competition.
  19. 42
    Control also lags, as the players here feel more like they're skating around an ice rink tha[n] running around a football field. [Sept 2002, p.50]
  20. A robust online play mode is just impressive enough to make us think that this franchise is back on the cusp of respectability. But then again, that’s what everyone has been saying about the Cincinnati Bengals for the past 10 years.
  21. The sad truth, however, is that the game pales in every conceivable way to its fellow pro brethren. [Oct 2002, p.184]
  22. Even with the addition of online play this year, GameDay seems to act like the team without a payroll or ambition to achieve the glory they had in the 90's.
  23. As the competition pulls further and further away, GameDay is quickly becoming a punchline, a sad fate for a series that at one point was at the top of the pile.
User Score
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. BillY.
    Feb 20, 2003
    10
    Great, Supreme, Perfecto!!!!!!