Unlike previous versions that were console ports, the 2003 version of Madden NFL was developed specifically for the PC, and it shows. The game's artificial intelligence is outstanding. Running the same offensive play over and over is no longer a solid strategy, as the computer-based defense learns your moves and becomes tougher as you play. Unfortunately, the game's interface is a bit clunky, especially if you're using your keyboard rather than a gamepad. Regardless of what input device you use, it takes a couple of hours to get ahold of all the ways runs can be played, especially since the tutorial is disabled in the demo. Most of the game modes also are disabled, but the available Exhibition mode gives a good sneak peek into how the pigskin is played.
What's new in version
ReleaseDecember 5, 2008
Date AddedSeptember 30, 2002
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Year after year, the Madden NFL games continue to thrill. Pick your favorite Super Bowl XXXVI team and get down to business in this demo. Tom Brady leads the Patriots offense against Kurt Warner and the Super Bowl XXXIV champion Rams in a rematch of the 2001 championship game. Featuring outstanding graphics and sound, true-to-life plays, bone-jarring hits, and all the action of the real game, Madden NFL 2003 puts you right in the game. Plus, Al Michaels joins John Madden in the commentator's booth this year.