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  • Summary: Sega's latest addition to its NFL 2K series, ESPN NFL Football delivers the most complete NFL experience. Experience a new level of gaming through First Person Football, a mode that allows you to see the game through the eyes of any player on your team. Earn and unlock trophies, mini-games, and music to show off in your Crib. Listen to commentary from ESPN's own Chris Berman and watch the game as if you're watching an ESPN broadcast. Take on your friends or play online. Expand
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  1. 100
    A masterful effort. It literally redefines itself within the span of one videogame football season and is a worthy preseason Pro Bowl pick.
  2. If you're looking for a solid football game that pulls you right in the action, ESPN Football will do exactly that. If you're looking for a football game that offers plenty of options and online features, you will find that as well. ESPN Football is one of the best sports games to come around in a long time!
  3. The bread and butter of this game is it's gameplay and presentation. The graphics are bar-none the best out there. If you are looking for football at it's best, look no further than ESPN NFL Football.
  4. Aside from the occasional player gliding across the ground, the graphics are phenomenal and superior to "Madden 2004."
  5. "Madden 2004" may include more realistic gameplay and statistics, but ESPN is a much more satisfying experience when breaking down the purpose of games in the first place. To be fun.
  6. ESPN's fatigue problems and lazy secondary play detract from the game, but the first person view, running game, and overall presentation show ESPN is a strong contender.
  7. 80
    ESPN is incorporated seamlessly into the game, and it mostly works well, with solid pre-game coverage, a clean interface, and some slick graphic overlays in between gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. ThomasS.
    Aug 22, 2003
    10
    This game rocks! It is best graphically, it is the most accurate to the REAL SPORT! They look like the players, not some PS2 cut-out dog-shit. It has XBOX LIVE support!!! It doesnt need all the bells and whistles that Madden needs to be considered a good football game, Madden isnt even an NFL game... it might as well be blitz... good O-lines still get saCKED ON 6 OR 7 TIMES a game!!! its not realistic... if your gonna buy a game like that, you might as well buy Fever... case closed. ESPN NFL Football isnt just ahead of the game... it IS the game. Expand
  2. JobA.
    Oct 6, 2009
    10
    Unbelievable football game.It just gets better and better every year since nkl 2k on the Dreamcast.Madden is very generic and it has a few good things going for it but nothing compared to this title.For instance something small,the comentators for 2K aren't even real commentators but there commentary blow EA's Madden out of the water by a mile and Madden and Michael's have been in football forever.The gameplay,the excitement,the rewards,ect...ect... A true masterpiece of sport gaming! Expand
  3. JonA.
    Sep 5, 2003
    10
    This is a great game, plain and simple! There are no faults. As good as madden is Espn NFL Football is one notch better!
  4. JonH.
    Oct 21, 2003
    10
    I thought Madden was the best football game and only tried ESPN to see what all those reviews where about. I havent played madden since. I´ll have to say though that it is not as easy to pick up as madden but this game is just in another league when you spend some time with it. Games are actually exciting and you feel like you really earn each TD. Another great feature is how they allow you to adjust the difficulty level. In madden (and fifa) the easy setting is way to easy and you win every game with some ridicilous margin but when you step it up to semi pro or pro the AI starts to cheat to win. When you drop a game in ESPN it is because you did something wrong not because of superman AI. ESPN just feels like football. Hope they keep it up. I´m definitely not going to buy madden again without thinking. Expand
  5. Beachdurden
    Dec 2, 2003
    10
    Best football game, better commentary, not as choppy and spliced as madden, doesnt have as much side game features but has more in game features to add too realism, better graphics, easy controls, the training and tutorials are not as good as madden 2004's,also adds the first person mode football which is a nice feature, but needs some tweaking, the only thing this game needs is maddens play maker feature, still it comes out on top. Expand
  6. RandallB.
    Sep 15, 2003
    9
    Again, this game offers the most realistic players and graphics with the best animations in the biz. With the groundbreaking, jock juking, heart rupturing "First Person Mode", it sets the standard now for all others to follow. However, Madden still must be given it's worn out crown. Madden still blows the competition out of the water with it's depth of features, namely, THE FRANCHISE MODE. ESPN simply fumbles in this area. Very thin offseason options and realism. The only other area that is worse that ESPN's franchise attempt is.....it's CREATE A TEAM feature. This is in woefull need of total revamping. There MUST be more freedom of uniform and stadium creation alongside less chessy team logos. All that said, with ESPN NFL Football's online superiority and it's pulse pounding First Person Mode, all is forgiven....for now. If they seriously want to steal the crown from EA, they must keep what they have and concentrate on packing in the features. Then and ONLY then can I finally say with justification that ESPN NFL FOOTBALL IS THE KING OF ALL FOOTBALL SIMS!!!! Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Aug 13, 2003
    3
    Last years game was ok but not great I found myself playing Madden more than NFL. Graphics wise Madden is still better, and gameplay wise as well. And until they fix some annoying camera problems(I want tiosee the field on a pass not the QB), I will not be buying this game until it goes down in price. Expand

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