Review by Super Bandicoot
Reviewed: 02/20/03 | Updated: 02/20/03
The KING of all football sims; bow to it!
Graphics: Looks amazingly close to the real game. Helmet reflections, jerseys, stadiums, the field, and of course, the players themselves. I don't know why they say the players faces are generic. The graphics are easily the best of the three console versions.
Presentation: Could be be better; a ABC Sports licence would really help, like in NFL 2K3. You never get to see a virtual Madden or Michaels. But the challenges add a lot of spice to the game. The cheerleader show at halftime looks a bit like a last minute idea.
Sound: Almost perfect; Madden almost never repeats himself, and even though the music might get on your nerves at first, you eventually get to like it. The ref voices could sound a bit less monotone.
Gameplay: Now here is where Madden stands out. The football engine is so good, I sometimes think that I am watching a game instead of playing and I forget to play. The passing game is extremely well balanced, the running game makes you use almost all of the RB's moves, and the kick meter is brilliant. The franchise mode is incredibly in-depth, the Mini-Camp is addicting, Football 101 teaches you a lot, and the create-a-player is well-designed. No football game compares to its gameplay.
Replay Value: This game will keep you going until next year's version. If you are a major football fan, even without its fantastic play modes, you still wouldn't be able to get bored of the game. The Madden Card feature is very fun, even though it is practically the same as last year. Mini-Camp will obviously take you months to beat, and it's easy to play the Franchise mode for several dozen seasons. Even though it has no online play, this value is still phenomenal. If Madden NFL 2004 were canceled, there still would be enough to keep you going to Madden NFL 2005.
Comments: This easily is the best football game on the market. The only reason to not like Madden is to not like football. There is a handful of gameplay modes, a great Franchise mode, a superb engine, and of course the best announcers in the business! If you have an Xbox and like football, it is impossible to not like Madden NFL 2003.
Buy or rent do you ask? If you rent it, those five days will be some of the best in your life, but one day they will be over. If you buy it, someone would need a crowbar to pull you from the Xbox. So, obviously, you buy it.
Overall Score (not an average): 10/10
Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
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