User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 46
  2. Negative: 5 out of 46
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  1. [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.

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#12 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Xbox Nation Magazine
    80
    If there was no "Madden," ESPN NFL Football would easily be the best football game this year. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.96]
  2. GMR Magazine
    80
    On the field, Sega falls short of the more immediate action, tighter controls, and more powerful on-field flexibility of "Madden 2004." [Sept 2003, p.73]
  3. The best sports game I have played to date.