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Generally favorable reviews- based on 74 Ratings

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  • Summary: Take Your Game Online: Access an online community where you can meet, chat, and play head-to-head against other gamers. Audio Dream Team: Dynamic play-by-play and analysis by Madden and Michaels. All-New Mini-camp: Hop on John Madden's Cruiser Tour Bus and travel to all NFL cities toTake Your Game Online: Access an online community where you can meet, chat, and play head-to-head against other gamers. Audio Dream Team: Dynamic play-by-play and analysis by Madden and Michaels. All-New Mini-camp: Hop on John Madden's Cruiser Tour Bus and travel to all NFL cities to complete skilled tasks. Create-A-Playbook: Customize receiver routes, player formations, and your team's entire playbook. Deepest Franchise Mode Ever: Play 30 years of Franchise mode and draft players each season with tips from your scouts. [EA Sports] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. A huge football game that fans of the genre should enjoy. There's lots here to do. In fact, the franchise mode alone should take you months to wear out.
  2. Play Magazine
    100
    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. Madden 2003 is the best overall football game ever made, period...Denying it the perfect score it so richly deserves just because "NFL 2K3" comes soooo close to unseating it would be a crime.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    93
    Madden's gameplay amazes, but it's EA's delivery that throws the knockout punch. [Sept 2002, p.148]
  5. 91
    A can't-miss because it accurately simulates NFL gameplay, NFL commentary, NFL uniforms, NFL stadiums and NFL players and that's what football gamers are looking for.
  6. PSM Magazine
    90
    Madden 2003 is not only the deepest football game ever made, but it may also be the deepest PS2 game ever made. [Sept 2002, p.20]
  7. Madden has always been the king of the hill and this year is no exception.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26
  1. Aug 11, 2022
    10
    Look,, The Madden GOLDEN ERA starts with 2004..fact.
    But 2003 has HANDS DOWN the #1 soundtrack..
    **i play PS2 Madden a lot..2003-2012 and
    Look,, The Madden GOLDEN ERA starts with 2004..fact.
    But 2003 has HANDS DOWN the #1 soundtrack..

    **i play PS2 Madden a lot..2003-2012 and
    They really upgraded the graphics in 2004..
    Sucks, cause 2003 was a great year for all teams.
    The rosters and franchise were EPIC...

    Madden was REALLY REALLY BAD on XBOX360 until 2013..

    ***90% of Madden gamers weren’t still playing Madden on PS2 after next gen came out..
    So I went back and my god 2008-2012 on PS2 and the gameplay is soooo crisp compared to PS3/Xbox360.. unbelievable.

    —until EA/Madden sells us DLC for retro season/rosters= I will stick with my favorite era,,
    Same with NHL,,SSX,,MLB,,NASCAR ETC.....
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  2. KyleH.
    Dec 13, 2002
    10
    I love this game!!
  3. FredD.
    Aug 19, 2002
    10
    This game feels like you are actually in the game. I like the gameplay, the tackles, the shakes, I LOVE everything about this game.
  4. RonnieN.
    Jan 19, 2005
    10
    Graphics are great game play is fun and will be best know for the frist for being online create a team is awsome go DALLAS COWBOYS!
  5. AnonymousMC
    Mar 26, 2003
    9
    The game play is excellent but I must say that when in All Madden the DB's are super human, doing impossible things. Part of this is dueThe game play is excellent but I must say that when in All Madden the DB's are super human, doing impossible things. Part of this is due to the play call but there are instances where they just can't do some of the things they are doing in the game... Expand
  6. Wheelchair
    Apr 8, 2008
    7
    I give this game a 7 out of 10, not due to its content, but the legacy associated with it. I do not even really like sports games, and I I give this game a 7 out of 10, not due to its content, but the legacy associated with it. I do not even really like sports games, and I really enjoyed this. The reason it gets a 7: Why didn't they stop at 2003 and focus on making good sports games instead of patching up previous ones and slaping the year it is released onto it? Expand
  7. Chrismac
    Apr 15, 2003
    0
    It's just not a good game..its so much behind the nfl series its not even funny.

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#28 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
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#1 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002