||(Win98/2000/Me/XP) (Mini Retail) (MADDEN03PR)
Publisher: EA Sports
The Dallas Morning News
The Best Gets Better
Madden is the ultimate judge
with over 13 years of tournament tested gameplay. All new features include
interior running that works and that you can see, improved pass blocking which
forms the pocket more accurately, new receiver hot routes at the line of
scrimmage, and a host of new trick plays that work thanks to "faked out" AI
The toughest defense ever now includes defensive strafe move
which allows defenders to square up and make the tackle in the proper position,
independent pre-play control of your DL and LB plus the ability to modify
secondary coverage on the fly, and new defensive formations such as 7 DBs, 46,
and variations of many 2-Deep schemes.
Whether its the more than 300 extremely detailed
player faces, the new high-res cheerleaders, all-new technology for crowds,
playing fields, and stadiums, or a host of new in-game animations like
signature sidearm QBs, new RB stiff-arm moves, gang-tackling, hitting without
the ball, and stand-still receiver catches, Madden NFL 2003 sets the standard
for graphic quality.
The Next Level of Online Play - Join
EA SPORTS Online* and play in Quick Tournaments, Online 2 Minute Drill, and
Mini-camp Challenges as well as traditional ranked play with detailed online
All-New Mini-Camp Mode - Features
John Madden's Cruiser Tour Bus traveling to all NFL cities to complete skilled
tasks. Take control of players in practice gear and become an expert in all
player positions in your ultimate goal to earn unique Madden cards.
Create-A-Playbook - Customize
receiver routes, player formations, and your team's entire playbook. Create
virtually any play imaginable and play it on the field immediately.
Improved Graphics and Presentation - New signature player animations
like sidearm QBs, gang-tackling, stand-still receiver catches; new cut scenes
with high-poly cheerleaders and additional emotion-based bench scenes; more
than 300 realistic player faces; cinematic approach to camera positions gives
new, more natural feel.
Dramatic Presentation - Cinematic
camera shots give a more natural look to the game, while new, high-drama
replays, improved player faces and eye tracking, and dramatically improved
crowds, grass, and lighting makes this a game like no other.
Audio Dream Team - The Monday Night
Football team of John Madden and Al Michaels handles commentary, with dynamic
play-by-play and more analysis than ever before. New audio engine delivers
appropriate commentary based on current game situation and player/team
statistics. Greater use of on-field player sounds, including player banter,
offensive and defensive audible calls, crushing hits and improved crowd
New Game play Mechanics - Faster game
speed; players follow through, making hits on people without the ball; tighter
control with quicker animations and reduced player momentum; more finely tuned
passing game; independent audibles for defensive line, linebackers, and
Franchise Mode Enhancements - Just as
you can in the real NFL, you'll evaluate and progress rookies, free agents and
created players during a four- game pre-season; Export a franchise team to
exhibition play; Rookie Scouting Reports serve as a new way to evaluate
Ask Madden - Legendary coach John Madden provides strategy and advice
during both offensive and defensive play calling.
Windows 98/2000/Me/XP: Pentium II 450, 128MB RAM,
16MB 3D DirectX compatible graphics card, 8X CDROM, DirectX compatible sound
card, Mouse, Keyboard.
Note: Windows 95/NT are not supported.
The Dallas Morning News by Eric
"The old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it,"
certainly applies here. With Madden NFL 2003, the developers at Tiburon didn't
try to "fix" anything. What they did, in fact, was the impossible -- they made
a perfect game of football even more perfect."
"There's nothing quite like the feeling of scoring a winning
touchdown in the final minute of a 10-10 tie against Steve Spurrier and the
Washington Redskins (using the Dallas Cowboys, of course). It is that feeling
of exhilaration from which Madden draws its strength.
"This time around, the computer
A.I. is extremely smart -- so smart that it catches on to your tendencies often
before you do. If you constantly snap the ball with 10 seconds left on the play
clock, the defense will jump the snap count and blow up the play. By the same
token, you can use this to your advantage to draw the defense offsides by
changing the snap count regularly.
"All in all, we're talking about the most realistic game of
football around. Accurate stats and scores, even with the massive 15-minute
quarters I like to use. An accurate level of difficulty without having to
adjust sliders. It's Madden, folks - you know what to expect by now."
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