Excerpt: Another year, another Madden NFL game. If you own a prior version, should you upgrade? If not, then the question is whether or not Madden NFL 2003 is a game worth buying. The answers are maybe and yes, respectively; Madden NFL is certainly a good football game, but whether a few new modes and roster updates justify a new purchase is up to you.
Excerpt: Boom! Bam! Whap! Ex-Raiders head coach John Madden is back with the 13th year of his illustrious pigskin franchise – Madden NFL 2003 for the Xbox system. Adding a few new modes, some gameplay tweaks and plenty of new customization options, this year’s Madden takes an already exquisite NFL football simulation and makes it even better. As is to be expected, the core gameplay and features found in last year’s version of the game have carried over into Madden 2003 .
Conclusion: draft pool. You can create a team, player and playbook if you got a little Bill Walsh jonesn’ to get out of you. Some of the best features are the mini-camp and the preseason. The mini-camp mode has you traveling to each of the NFL cities in the Madden Cruiser to participate in drills that require you to perform certain plays, runs, or passes to earn points (for purchasing packs of Madden cards) and trophies.
Excerpt: Remember when the differences between one year's version of Madden and the next year's version were worth waiting for? For example, the upgrade from Madden NFL '98 to Madden NFL '99 that brought the game out of the darkness of sprite-based graphics was well worth the money. (Even though it followed in the footsteps of the once-proud NFL GameDay series by more than a year.) The update from the PSOne to the PlayStation 2 in 2000 was also well worth the price of admission.