Sega Sports NFL 2K3
Sega Sports NFL 2K3
by Sega of America, Inc.
ESRB Rating: Everyone
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• ESPN-style presentation
• All-new Franchise Mode
• Effective audible system
• Improved play calling
• 1-2 players; online enabled
Amazon.com Review: Look no further than Sega Sports' NFL 2K3 if you're seeking a more than worthy alternative to the established Madden football franchise. The game's superb graphics alone are enough to draw in any fan, but its in-depth gameplay and ESPN broadcast presentation easily rank this as the finest football game Sega has released to date.
Thanks to its smarter-than-your-average artificial intelligence, NFL 2K3 sports a somewhat steep learning curve that requires sound football simulation instincts. Knowing your team's strengths and weaknesses will ultimately be of benefit if you hope to win at the game's advanced levels. Be prepared to mix up your play calling and make adjustments, instead of thinking the same old reliable plays will get the job done. Of course, practice mode is always there if you need to work the kinks out of your game plan and master the multitude of offensive and defensive sets at your disposal.
Graphically, sports games don't come much better looking than NFL 2K3. Among the highlights: player animations are amazingly realistic and lifelike, and a wide array of facial emotions appear that are relative to game scenarios. Stadiums are painstakingly recreated to take on an almost postcard feel, and replays access a wide variety of angles that put you right on the field or in the stands.
One area in which NFL 2K3 easily aces the Madden games is with its game commentary. As part of the game's ESPN broadcast presentation, announcers Dan Stevens and Peter O'Keefe call every bit of the action in varied detail. The pair is far removed from tired and stale Maddenisms, offering worthwhile play breakdowns, player assessments, and quips that actually don't make you wince (at least not too often). Stevens and O'Keefe, not to mention the crowd, will let you hear about it when you bite it on the field. --Larry White
Superb graphics in most areas
Commentators sound realistic and rarely repeat themselves
Challenging AI forces you to adapt your game plan
Receivers can't be put in motion
Slow, lofting quality of the passes
No ability to challenge plays
Often unrealistic player animations
This review refers to the PlayStation2 version of this game.
Amazon.com Product Description: This game features ESPN broadcast presentation, with player introductions, game highlights, replays, and scores displayed in the famous ESPN style. The all-new franchise mode lets you track comprehensive player stats and make shrewd trades as you build your franchise and develop your current team. An intuitive visual presentation makes being a general manager easier than before. The audible system lets you call plays just before the snap to catch your opponent off-guard.
NFL 2K3 eliminates the complexity, making it simple to call a blitz or take advantage of a defensive mismatch. Computer opponents now use more smarts when calling plays, including tough defensive stands when you're attacking in the red zone. And gamers now have the ability to draft senior college players from Sega Sports NCAA College Football 2K3 and have them play into the next season on NFL 2K3. Players look genuine and lifelike, with additional facial models and expressions that let you recognize more of your favorite NFL stars. Every NFL stadium is here, authentically reproduced in 3-D. From the cheap seats to sidelines crowded with players, coaches, and camera crews, no detail is overlooked.
Sega does it again., November 1, 2002
Reviewer: darkwulfe from Bozeman, Montana United States
I started out as a fan of the 2k series back on the Dreamcast. NFL2k was the biggest factor in my decision to pre-order a Dreamcast. I stayed faithful to the series up until the release of the X-box and decided to give Fever a chance. I was happy with it, and felt it was the graphical superior of the three football games that launched with the X-box. Then the second-generation games arrived and I decided to go back to the 2k series, and boy am I glad I did. NFL 2k3 is the greatest football game to date. Nothing even comes close to the depth and quality this game possesses. I rented the big three, Madden, Fever and 2k3 before making my decision. NFL 2k3 surpasses the competition in almost every aspect. If you are looking for a deep accurate realistic football game go with NFL 2k3. The graphics are unreal, the sound and commentary is outstanding, and the depth of the franchise mode is beyond fulfilling. Do yourself a favor and buy this game if you have any interest in playing Football on your X-box.
The best yet, October 31, 2002
Reviewer: Kerry Otis from Compton Ca Usa
This is one of the best football games out. In my opinion it is the best!!!!!
JUST NEEDS CHALLENGE, October 25, 2002
Reviewer: diamondjay from BAUMHOLDER, GERMANY
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT FOOTBALL GAME. I HAVE ALL THREE GAMES FOR THE XBOX AND THE OTHER TWO ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE IN TERMS OF GRAPHICS. THE GAME PLAY IS ALSO GREAT NOT TOO ARCADE LIKE. IE: WHEN JERRY RICE CATCHES A LONG PASS HE IS NOT A LOCK TO SCORE A TD. IN REAL LIFE HE IS CAUGHT BY FASTER PLAYERS. IN THE GAME THIS HAPPENS ALSO. REALISM LIKE THAT IS DISPLAYED THROUGHOUT THE GAME. IT GIVES YOU THE FEEL OF A REAL GAME. THE INSTANT REPLAYS ARE A MUST JUST TO OBSERVE ALL THE AWAY FROM THE BALL ACTION. THE ONLY THING MISSING IS THE ABILITY TO CHALLENGE A PLAY ON THE FIELD. THE STATS ARE KIND OF UNREALISTIC ON THE WEEKLY WRAP UP BUT HEY.... IT IS A VIDEO GAME.
THE BEST FOOTBALL GAME OUT THERE!!!!!!, October 18, 2002
Reviewer: Sexy MF from Pekin, IL
I have, up until 2 months ago, never liked football games. So many plays, confusing, smart CPU, etc. I bought my xbox 2 months ago. I thought I should give football another try. I have played Madden 2003, NFL Blitz 2003, NFL Fever 2003, NFL Gameday 2003 and of course, Sega NFL 2K3. I thought Blitz was just plain dumb. Gameday looks like a early 90's game, and boring. Fever is coming on strong but still has something, I don't know what it is, that it really doesn't let you enjoy it. Madden and Sega 2k3 are pretty similar. You can "ask" madden what play to run. On Sega you got to tap the A twice to select a random play. Graphics are better by far on Sega. Fun to play? Sega slightly above madden. Comments, options, practice, sound?, Sega gets my vote. On a scale of 1 to 10 this are my final answers. Blitz gets a 5. Gameday gets a 5. Fever gets a 7.5. Madden gets a 9. And Sega 2K3 gets a 10+. Trust me. Buy Sega 2K3. Plain and simple...THE best NFL game out there.
The Best Football Game for Xbox!, October 11, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Bridgman, MI USA
NFL 2K3 is awesome. Although NFL Fever is also my next favorite, 2K3 wins. The graphics are great, and every player has their own face. You can also load your roster from the College 2K3 and put in the draft. This game is really realistic. I recomend you get this football game then every other football game! Madden? Don't say such a word! Madden doesn't even come close! Sega also did a good front box illustration. We don't need big bad Randy Moss. Brian Urlacher has taken stage!
NFL 2K3 Review, October 11, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Bridgman, MI USA
This game is alot of fun. The franchsise mode is great because after you lose a starting player, it's fun finding out who will be your new one. And every player has their own face.
You want Football you got it, October 4, 2002
Reviewer: dexter king from Wilmington DE
Sega really did it right this time.The action is so real that you feel like you watching a game on TV.It's Awesome.and four players is off the hook.GO EAGLES
Best Football game to date!, October 1, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Linkin Park
Best football game to date.
There, my mission in life is completed.
If Madden 2003 weren't the best, you would buy this!, September 30, 2002
Reviewer: ionyo6 from Michigan
Graphics - Incredible
Sound - Awesome
Announcers - not too annoying.
I have the PC version of Madden 2003. NFL 2k3 rivals the graphics on that game. The sound on NFL 2k3is far better.
The motion could be improved on NFL 2k3. Occasionally the characters appear to be ice skating across the turf.
Further, when on defense, you can run straight through your teammates. This is just weird. This is the primary reason I could not give this game a 5.
Madden, on the other hand, does a good job of making each player a solid object on the field.
Yet madden doesn't seem to provide the variety of animation the NFL 2k3 game provides.
With NFL 2k3, on rookie level, you can find bread and butter plays each team can run successfully almost every down. As you increase the skill level, you almost take the running game out of the mix altogether. This is the secondary reason I could not give this game a 5.
This is definitely a fun game, but if Madden 2003 for xbox is anything like madden 2003 for PC, I suggest you buy Madden 2003.
Amazon is misinformed, September 27, 2002
Reviewer: nugvader from Macungie, Pennsylvania United States
According to Amazon's information, this game is 1-2 players, recievers cannot be sent into motion and passes are slow and lofty. All three are untrue. This game is a four player game, receivers can be sent into motion with the tap of the left stick, and using maximum passing, one can get both bullets and lobs. And for people who say its too difficult to catch passes, the catch feature can be increased in the options:difficulty menu. I have found the game to be much better with this change. It was amazing before, and I can't put it down now. No doubt, the best football game on the market. If u aren't sure, maddden, 2k3, or fever, there is no question. Get 2k3