Madden 2003
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9  |  Madden 2003 Review (PC)
larsoncc , 6/8/2003 5:13:48 PM

Good Job!The closer that we get to the new football season, the more likely we are to see some DEEP discounting in NFL Football titles, like Madden 2003.  Bear in mind, no sports game is a collectible, not by a long shot (having said that, the forums are likely to LIGHT UP with posts disputing my claim - ah well).  However, many older sports titles are DARNED FUN to play, and at a steep discount, make a great purchase.

Madden 2003 for the PC is one of those great games at a great price.  You'll notice that I've singled out the PC version as the "obsolete version of choice" this year (this year being 2003, for those that will see this in the archives).  When making the purchase decision for an older sports game, one of the main questions that'll be asked is "Will my friends will play the game with me?"  Of all the football choices this year, Madden 2003 for the PC stands to be the game that you'll be able to use most fully, once Madden 2004 comes out. 

This year's crop of football titles have on-line capability.  Which, by the way, is a GREAT feature.  Unfortunately, it has a serious, SERIOUS drawback:  when the new title comes out, the old title is going to get "turned off".  Even if there is some time between the next release and when the game is disabled, eventually, your game becomes non-playable on-line.  That basically takes half of your game play purchase and throws it out the window.  For PS2 owners, the magic day is supposed to arrive at the end of August. 

In my opinion, that's reprehensible, and I won't participate in it.  If I enjoy a game, I should ALWAYS be able to enjoy that game.  Heck, that's what collecting games is all about!  

Fortunately for gamers, Madden 2003 offers an option to connect peer-to-peer.  For the unaware, that basically means that you don't rely on some corporate server to connect you to someone else.  Type in an address, and you're good to go!

Madden 2003 offers a lot more to love than that - it's a great, well balanced game through and through.  While on defense, your teammates are where they need to be.  While on offense, your players move to block appropriately and adjust according to any defensive plays being run. 

PassingIt's easy (if you're like me) to get lost in the Exhibition Mode against friends, and never touch any of the other features in the game.  But in case you haven't touched a NFL Football game in a while (or only play against friends), let me tell you about some of the features you've been missing out on.  You can create a team, down to creating individual players - and let me tell you, the customization here runs DEEP.  You can make your own plays.  This is great - I found myself making some dud plays, sure, but over all I came up with a few "secret weapons" that have me convinced that I should be an NFL coach.  One really nice feature (that will eventually be discontinued, I'm sure) is updating the roster, on-line.  This makes it easy to keep your game up to current.  Mini-camps, Madden cards, man - I could go on for paragraphs.  Suffice it to say, Madden is a game with enough depth and play options to keep most gamers busy for a long, long time.

For those wondering what kind of play experience the PC offers, let me tell you: the PC has the football game WON, hands down.  The PC version of Madden plays exactly like its console counterparts, but has a few options that the other consoles just can't touch.  Clearly, switching resolutions is something that a TV just can't hack (well, a normal TV anyway).  You can crank up all the details and resolution to a point where you'd swear you were watching the Sunday game on TV.  The music is better.  The music is better?  Indeed - the music is in MP3 format, on your hard drive - you can move it, listen to it with Winamp, add to it, whatever your little heart desires.  I've mentioned this before, but it bears repeating - the connectivity options are better for on-line play. 

All told, Madden 2003 for the PC is the football game that you need to be playing.  I give Madden 2003 a 9/10, and I highly recommend you pick it up as soon as you can get it at a discount.

P.S. - anyone interested in playing against me on-line (I kind of suck...), let me know.  I'm always up for a good game of Madden.

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