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 .
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.