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Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

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  • Summary: The game of football just got more real with Madden NFL 2003. This year's installment of the Madden NFL Football series features more depth, new animation, realistic player AI, and in-depth play modes. Hop on John Madden's Cruiser Tour Bus and travel to all NFL cities to complete skilledThe game of football just got more real with Madden NFL 2003. This year's installment of the Madden NFL Football series features more depth, new animation, realistic player AI, and in-depth play modes. Hop on John Madden's Cruiser Tour Bus and travel to all NFL cities to complete skilled tasks in the all-new Mini-Camp mode. The improved graphics and presentation now show sidearm QBs, gang-tackling, stand-still receiver catches, and more than 300 realistic player faces. Madden NFL 2003 gives you more control than ever before, with faster game speed, a more finely tuned passing game, and independent audibles for defensive line, linebackers, and defensive backs. Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
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  1. 100
    The graphics are the main differentiator with the Xbox version looking sharpest, the PS2 version sprouting typical jaggies, and the GameCube version appearing slightly soft.
  2. Above all, a better feeling and playing game, boosted by subtleties that you may not even recognize until you've made it to the playoffs.[Sept 2002, p.72]
  3. I would recommend buying Madden over all other franchises 100 times out of 100 to any Xbox owner. [Sept 2002, p.89]
  4. The player faces are expressive, and you can see their eyes move as they look around.
  5. The gameplay sucked me in, but the Franchise mode stole my heart. It’s deep, detailed and easy to get dragged into.
  6. By far the deepest of the Big Three, but the choice to ditch online play really hurts. [Oct 2002, p.100]
  7. Authentic play, televisual presentation and a storming soundtrack featuring Bon Jovi and Andrew WK add up to the finest American Football game money can buy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. JacobK.
    Oct 10, 2003
    10
    When I first got this game... well, my dad got it, I thought It sucked because the other football game i had Madden NFL 2000 Sucked because When I first got this game... well, my dad got it, I thought It sucked because the other football game i had Madden NFL 2000 Sucked because first of all i didn't know the rules and i didn't know one thing about the game and it was foe N64 so it sucked. But when my dad bought Madden NFL 2003 I thought it would suck but sicne it was for xbox it had to have VERY GOOD GRAPHICS so i layed for a while then i found out there's like 1000 different thigs you can do. and today i know alot more rules about football, almost all of them and my dad who has ben plyi'n football since he was born practicly, I can almost beat him, I meen Im almost in the lead, Hes only one Touchdown ahead of me (7 points plus the Extra Point) But the thing is I still take risky chalenges thow but its my favorite game so far im givi'n it a 10 of 10! 1 want to give it an 11 but I don't quite see it on the chart. Expand
  2. AndrewE.
    Sep 30, 2002
    10
    Perfect.
  3. NikB.
    Dec 11, 2002
    10
    One of the best games ever in my opinion! heaps of options to keep u satisfied for a long long time!
  4. CharlesB.
    Aug 14, 2002
    9
    The game has a nice flow, and of course it's tons of fun. The graphics, as viewed on my Pioneer PRO-610HD are at times are good to The game has a nice flow, and of course it's tons of fun. The graphics, as viewed on my Pioneer PRO-610HD are at times are good to excelent. At times the graphics remind me of a Ren & Stimpy cartoon. Allowing me to explain that statement a bit is that at times, the graphics look amazing, like a nice piece of artwork or RL photograph. Other times the quality looks like a cross between a PS One and PS2. It's also frustrating not having the on-line component with the xbox version. I guess I'll have to settle with playing Fever against my buds that are 70 miles away. If they get Fever. One other thing is the control. I have noticed that while excelent, the controls are very touchy. At first I thought it a bug untill I pulled my fingers away from the L and R triggers. That could just be that I'm out of practice :). Expand
  5. JohnH.
    Aug 15, 2002
    9
    Madden is always solid!
  6. JenniferL.
    Jan 13, 2003
    9
    This game is tight!!! I like the graphics.
  7. MattRaildog
    Aug 19, 2002
    9
    Yet another solid Madden game. The graphics are AMAZING and show off the Xbox's power. The wealth of game modes is amazing, and the Yet another solid Madden game. The graphics are AMAZING and show off the Xbox's power. The wealth of game modes is amazing, and the depth is top notch. The only downside is that the control is still not perfect. It's tough to tackle or break up a pass, leading to huge computer gains and scores. Expand

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