topic nfl 2k3
de Donatello » 07 Avr 2003, 17:30
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de Donatello » 07 Avr 2003, 17:31
Let's face it. Ever since SEGA's NFL2K series came on to the scene, it's been slowly climbing toward the summit of simulation style videogame fooball, ever striving to overtake EA's Madden. You can't have a conversation about one game without the other coming up. While some have contended that the 2K series has already surpassed Madden, that assessment was premature. The engine was previously too unforgiving, too arcadey, and at times, too cheap.
This is the year when Madden finally has the competition it deserves. NFL 2K3 hangs with Madden in across the board, and even outstrips the old stalwart in several key areas. Those key areas are huge for diehard sports fans. NFL 2K3 boasts an incredibly detailed Franchise mode, enhanced AI, and player animations that are unparalleled.
Presentation and Features
Building on the success of last year's 2K2, SEGA and Visual Concepts have packed the game to the brim with features, stats and great presentation, an area that had always been lacking in the 2K series. They ditched Randy Moss, perennial crybaby, and signed tough guy Brian Urlacher as their cover athlete, a move that will surely be welcomed by football purists. Then they went and acquired the ESPN license when Konami released it. These two aesthetic changes signal a huge shift for SEGA's game. With the inclusion of Urlacher, they're getting back to what football is about: being better, faster and stronger than the other guy. With the inclusion of ESPN, they gain credibility and visibility by adding an experienced partner (like EA's John Madden, an institution unto himself) into the mix.
They've done well not to waste the license they've acquired. The ESPN brand is woven heavily throughout the game. Sportscenter's Dan Patrick introduces things in an opening sequence, and from then on, the ESPN style of presentation permeates the game. All of the menus look like screens you might see on the network, the load screens and in-game overlays mirror the graphical look of their NFL broadcasts.
At first, it was strange to see the ESPN stuff everywhere, as it hearkens back to inferior efforts made by Konami in games like ESPN NFL Primetime. But Visual Concepts understands what the license is all about. It isn't just about a name and a look. It's about an attitude and an allegiance with the best network on television. It's about distilling the feeling you get watching an ESPN broadcast and knowing that the people who work for the network live and die for sport the same way you do.
The presentation extends beyond merely the NFL and ESPN licenses, however. The game mimics every facet of play in its visual style. For instance, when you're in the general manager's role, you're in an office customized for your team, at a desk with a computer and calendar. These objects aren't for show. They are how you navigate the various modes and features in the game. What's even cooler is when you go to the NFL draft. The whole experience takes place in a packed "war room," and you're armed with a PDA, laptop and notepad to keep dibs on your prospects. It seems like a little touch, but it goes a long way toward adding authenticity to the game experience.
The commentary is still stellar, but we'll get into that more in the Sound category. What bears new mention are the excellent replays that accompany the in-game experience. Last year, an upgraded replay system included a virtual telestrator, and in-depth commentary during replays. This year, the game plunges even deeper, exposing more nuances of the game as the replay runs. In addition, they've added a split-screen replay that shows what two players are doing simultaneously on a play. This is something not even the networks have been able to muster yet, but you can be sure they'll try after playing this.
The game has also added new features, not the least of which is online play (Xbox and PS2 versions). The interface for both online versions is the same. It's simple and easy to manage, provided you're already connected correctly. While we didn't get an opportunity to test out the PS2 online version, the Xbox Live incarnation was pure heaven. There is virtually no lag, both in gameplay and over the headset.
The online experience is intense, and perhaps even better than sitting right next to someone playing. Online, you can focus completely on what your team is doing, and not be distracted by your buddy calling plays, or spilling his soda, or weakly trying to talk trash. Instead, you can hear him spilling his drink, screaming in agony and falling to his knees, begging for mercy--all completely over the headset. SEGA is the only company that has experience putting a console football title online, and it shows.
The whole experience was enjoyable. It will be even better when you can test your skills against the anonymous denizens of the world in ranked games that determine your status as NFL 2K3 elite. I know the online aspect alone is going to make me into a living room hermit, and I'm fully willing to accept that fate.
NFL 2K3 boasts a new user records system as well, which allows you to compete and earn a nationwide rank. Each time you complete a game in SEGA Challenge mode, you will be issued a passcode, which you can then take and enter at the website to see how you stack up to gamers across the country. This is an idea that hearkens back to sending in Polaroids to magazines to show that you got the high score on River Raid... except that it's futuristic and instantaneous. Of course, this system hasn't yet launched, so we'll have to reserve judgment on how it actually functions. The idea rocks, though.
All these great things aside, 2K3 does have its share of problems in the presentation department. First off, when you're playing a game, it's often difficult to navigate to the specific play you want. Madden's system has always struck me as more intuitive and quicker to use in a pinch. Separating plays into the huge number of sets like 2K3 does just serves to confuse gamers, especially those new to the sport or genre.
Another thing SEGA's football titles have always lacked is extras. Outside of racking up personal stats and winning Super Bowls, there is nothing compelling you to play multiple seasons and modes, unless you're a diehard fan. Unlockable cheats, teams and uniforms would be a good place to start. If you pass a certain win total, you should gain goodies. If you play (not sim) a certain number of games, that should unlock something (a la Super Smash Bros. Melee). Bells and whistles like creating a team, stadium and new franchise city would also be nice additions. Other football games do it, and well. SEGA should too.
Gameplay has always been the series' strongest asset, and that continues with 2K3. This is the most realistic playing football game around, and that stretches from the field to the front office. SEGA and VC have done an excellent job weaving a sim-style football game with an intricate, nuanced management game. The result is the total football experience, an experience heretofore only hinted at by previous games in the genre.
This isn't to say that 2K3 is the perfect football game. It has a lot of room for improvement. But it's drawing ever closer to the lofty ideal that football addicts crave.
Let's first talk about what's been fixed since last year's version. First off, they've addressed some of the key features that were missing, especially an in-depth franchise mode. The one that VC's whipped up this time around finally surpasses Madden. It's safe to say that the depth of this year's franchise mode hasn't been reached before in a simulation style football game (that does not focus on purely management). A considerable amount of meat has been added to the offseason experience, and an already good trading system has been expanded.
We've already noted some of the changes to the draft, in terms of aesthetics. This year, you'll be able to scout the players in a Combine, sending assistant coaches to watch them and gather valuable information on each. The system is pretty cool: the coach has a limited number of hours, so you have to budget your time to get the broadest base of information. You can assign hours to watch each recruit, and gather varying levels of info based on how long you track each guy.
Then you'll take your knowledge to the Draft and pick the best of your crop. If you've done a poor or unrealistic job of cataloguing talent, your Franchise will be left in the dust. Once you get your guys, you'll need to sign them, manage salary cap, and make sure you have enough blokes for every position. It's harrowing work, but someone has to have fun doing it.
During the season, you can do all the standard things: set depth charts, pick up free agents and cut players. Those are the rudimentary things in any franchise mode. This one, however, boasts one of the stingiest trade systems around. You'll have to be a pretty decent negotiator to make it all work, or you'll get taken big time. The game allows for uneven trades, trades of draft picks, and counter-offers by each squad. The trading game can be fun and addictive... so much so that you may end up with an entirely different roster than the one you started with.
Still, the trading system has its problems. In addition to being pretty difficult to get good trades (especially for those not well-schooled in NFL dealings), it is a little hard to navigate the menus. You can only manipulate one team's roster at a time, meaning that if a deal changes, you have to cycle all the way through the list of NFL teams to do a counter offer. This could have been easily fixed by keeping your main team's roster always present on the trade screen, but as it stands, it's a minor pain to use.
Another area of trading that could use some work is the Trading Block feature. This allows you to place a member of your squad up for trade in an open forum. It's basically "trolling for takers." You can also peruse some of the other NFL ballers set to be dealt from this menu. While it may be interesting to see what other teams consider scrap, it doesn't do much good for you to place your own players on the block. But since you're seldom offered anything substantial for them, and there aren't yet RPG elements in football games where players refuse to be a part of a team, or demand to be traded, there seems to be little need for this feature.
The Franchise Mode as a whole adds a lot to the game experience. It allows you to make the front office decisions you've always wanted to try with your favorite team. But it also gives a good sense of how difficult running an NFL front office can be. When you string together a series of championships, or piece together the ultimate team on a shoestring budget, it feels just that much better to play and win with them.
Gameplay: On-field Play
In terms of on-field play, NFL 2K3 stays true to its roots. There have been marked improvements to this area as well, but if you've ever picked up this game before, you'll instantly recognize the system and fall right into the rhythm of the game. The controls are still tight and easy to get a grip on, but hard to master.
A few things were pretty unbalanced in VC's last effort, but they've been mostly fixed in 2K3. The first is broken tackles. In last year's game, Jerome Bettis could easily go all-world on you in one game by breaking tackles and refusing to go down. It all felt very cheap. This year, the broken tackles have come back down to Earth. You'll rarely see a string of more than two broken tackles, and if you do, it will be a back that is good at doing it. The downside, of course, is that it's increasingly difficult to run against an opposing defense. Their defenders, like yours, possess the new kung fu grip, and aren't going to let you go.
Another thing that has been toned down is the amount of interceptions. This was a cause for concern among many gamers last time out. The game will still punish you if you fire it into too much coverage, but it tends to bat down rather than intercept, which will lead to a lot less hair loss among fans of this game.
Last game out, it was difficult to go downfield deep. Unless you were fairly adept at Maximum Passing, it was tough to accurately lead a receiver. This time out, if you put good touch on a ball, it's possible for your receiver to catch it in stride and get a head of steam going to the end zone.
That's not to say that the AI is dumber. In fact, it's even sharper than it was last year. Especially in the realm of pass coverage, 2K3's AI has taken a serious step up. Last year, CPU linebackers would do a circling motion for no reason when dropping into pass coverage (especially zone). Defending a tight end or back coming out of the backfield was like lining up planets for an eclipse--maybe their orbits would meet, and he could defend properly, and maybe they wouldn't, and your guy would be dinged for a huge gain. That problem seems to be ironed out, as well as the deep coverage by DBs. Once in awhile when playing defense in last year's game, a safety or corner would charge toward the wrong player or jump too early if left to his own devices. True, this happens in the NFL as well, but not to such a degree. In this year's version, as long as you've called the appropriate coverage, guys are generally in the position to make a play.
There are other cool AI touches that exist in 2K3 which bear mentioning. If you do accidentally throw the ball into coverage, and you have an aware offensive player nearby, he will actually turn into a defender quickly and knock down the ball rather than give up the interception. All players react to a ball in the air, especially when it's been tipped. This can produce some great moments, where players on both teams are vying for the ball. If you pump fake the ball, you may actually see players downfield take a step toward where the throw would have gone. The same is true of play action. Linebackers will move towards the line, dropping their coverage to stop the run. That you can use real NFL techniques to foil your opposition is the sweetest thing.
But there are still some problems. With all of the advanced line blocking that's going on, it's tough to get a defensive lineman through to pressure the quarterback. There is a nifty bullrush move that's been added (where your offensive lineman pushes the defender straight back into the quarterback), that can disrupt the play, but the D-line sacks have been cut considerably.
All in all, the game plays a little slower overall as well. You can still adjust the speed in the options menu, but the default is a more languid pace than 2K fans are used to. Cutting on a dime has been toned down, so you can no longer move like a Tron bike on turf. While this is a welcome bit of realism for some, those used to the fast-cutting lifestyle might be disappointed.
Still, the bottom line is that SEGA's game feels realistic, gritty and intense throughout. The plays are dynamic and hotly contested. You feel like you're in control of your own destiny. In order to win, you'll need to be on top of your football, because this is one game that gives back as much as it takes. It forces you to keep a team's strengths in mind, and focus on them while play-calling. Fortunately, there's enough stats and background on every team on the disc to do considerable homework before heading in.
While the rabid fans out there think that sounds like paradise (and it is), it also points out a problem SEGA is going to have going forward. It can be summed up in one axiom: "With great realism comes great responsibility." Putting a lot of pressure on gamers can work against the overall fun of the game. It's safe to say that SEGA has built its fan base out of the diehardest of the diehard, but an overly technical, overly simmy game may alienate the casual gamer. While the controls are easy to learn, it's tough to teach years of both general and specific football knowledge to newcomers who are looking for a fun game to play. Madden faces the same kind of problems, but seems a little more forgiving than 2K3 in terms of difficulty, especially in the higher settings. Point blank, the learning curve is too steep for the casual gamer.
However, for its few problems, 2K3 does a thousand things right. And it's meant for sim-heads anyway. There are so many little intricacies in the game that you'll still be discovering new things to tweak and use weeks into gameplay. In fact, there are so many that we can't possibly go into them all within the scope of a review (who would read the thousands of words that would take?). For instance, you can change your coverage during a game so that specific athletes cover specific opponents. You can set in-game audibles on the fly. You can sub athletes all over the field, whether it's a good idea or not. A quick tour through any of the in-game menus will reveal a host of high-level changes. Not everyone will be able to use them, but it's a wonderful thing to now they're there. This is definitely a game where you'll want to read the manual cover to cover, just to know all the cool stuff you can manage.
There are two areas where NFL 2K3's graphics outshine any game on the market: player models and player animations. Since the goal is to produce the most realistic-looking football possible, these are two key building blocks.
Early in the 2K series, the models looked too shoulder-heavy. The exaggerated upper bodies of these early models seemed blocky and jut plain wrong. Last year toned down that look, and this year, the models look downright believable. Everything is properly proportioned, according to position, player size and body type. You'll be able to see differences in Warrick Dunn and Peter Warrick just by glancing.
Individual body parts--arms, legs, butts (man, there are a lot of butt shots in this game), fingers--all look great. The muscles are realistic-looking, and the limb movement is better than it's ever been. The uniform detail (especially the texture of the jerseys) is great as well, and the helmets look amazing shining under the hot lights of the NFL.
The face models are arguably the most accurate out there, but they still look strangely flat. At least this year there's a lot more of them in the game, and we don't have to see that generic kicker mug over and over again. The facial animations are a little more pronounced this year as well, making for a much angrier, happier and disappointed game. True emotions are difficult to portray, but the game makes a step in the right direction.
Probably 2K3's best graphical assets are its exquisite character animations. Damn, these are pretty. VC has added a ton of new details to this area. Tackles are a lot more varied, for instance. A defender may just lower his shoulder and drop you , he may rip you down by your shoulders, or he may grab you by the ankles and spin. All of these things are context-sensitive, and the game does a great job of diversifying contexts and coming up with at least a couple different tackles for each.
The ball-batting animations have gotten a lot better. There's a ton more play when the ball's in the air, and the defensive backs have a whole new set of moves to get in the way of a pass. My favorite moment playing the game thus far happened like this: the opposing QB tossed what looked to be a TD pass into the end zone. At the last moment, my DB swatted it into the air. The opposing player tipped the ball back to himself and was about to catch it when my defender tackled him. Not only is there some tremendous AI at play there, there's an amazing amount of graphic detail.
The running animations showed a great improvement in last year's version. Getting "skinny" through the line was one of them. More have been added this year, including stumbling animations that recover (and fall), skirting the line maneuvers, and enhanced stiff arm animations.
Some of the best touches come when the play has been concluded. If a ball has been deflected out of a player's reach, he will look down at his hands as if to say "why?". If a player catches a crucial first down, he may just get up and point downfield. Showboat. End zone celebrations repeat a lot less this year as well. Basically, the animation team seems to have packed all that they could into the game in time for it to ship, and you can be sure they're already plugging away adding stuff for next year.
But it's not all fun and games. NFL 2K3 falls down in a few graphical areas. While the player models are highly detailed, the same cannot always be said of the environments they play in. Sometimes grass textures look downright splotchy and bad. The GameCube's grass textures are especially evil. At times, the game looks too crisp, and at other times, not crisp enough.
Sometimes the players don't look like they're realistically interacting with the ground. They bounce and carom off each other beautifully, but when it comes to hitting the ground, players look a but like they're floating on a thin layer of air, like a puck floats on an air hockey table.
Interaction with the environment, and objects within it, is a problem throughout. There can be bad examples of clipping, where one character seemingly passes through another's body. This has occurred in every NFL 2K game that I can remember, and the problem lingers still. It's especially bad when the play is stopped. Officials are like ghosts, and objects, players and other refs pass through them at will. While clipping does not affect gameplay, it still may bother the graphics snobs out there.
The lighting also does not look quite as good as some other games on the market. And no one has quite perfected the effect that sunlight has on a game. When you're watching a harshly sunlit game on TV, the light jersey colors wash out and, if they're white, even appear to glow (like light colors do in Sony's Ico, but to a lesser degree). The field appears light green, almost white in places where the sun is directly shining. To date, no videogame has even approached this effect. That said, the weather effects look great. There's nothing quite like playing in a soupy game at Soldier Field or running over a dusting of snow at Lambeau. The shadow effects in domes are nice as well, and the mild self-shadowing going on here looks good, but the lighting still doesn't vary enough or look quite real.
There's also a slight frame rate drop in all versions, especially when all eleven players are interacting in the same general area (down near the goal line is worst). The problem is most pronounced on PS2 and GameCube, but exists slightly on the Xbox as well. Again, only snobs need apply.
The ambient football sound effects and crowd noise are the best in the business. It's nice to hear the roar and swell of the crowd drown out even the game announcers when something monumental is happening. These crowds are smart, too. They cheer when a penalty goes against the other team, and groan when their own team gives one up. After a big play or score, the crowd stays active and is quicker to build when the next big thing happens. Dynamic crowd noise has never been more accurate, or more invigorating. Crank your home system and let it wash over you, and you'll be surprised how much it can affect you (especially when the neighbors call the cops).
The on-field noises are good, too. The crack of helmets and grunts in the trenches are all well-done, and sound a lot like the background noise you hear in any typical NFL broadcast. You can also hear players calling each other out, jawing across the line, calling out coverages, etc. All of this stuff adds another layer of realism.
As stated in the Presentation section above, the commentary is once again strong. It features the same fictitious team as in years past, and these guys still call a mean game. It's a good blend of straight call, analysis and humor. For instance, after an especially bad play, the color guy said something to the effect, "I haven't seen a play fail like that since I starred as Puck in my college's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream." This kind of commentary helps keep the game fresh, without going as off-the-wall as something like NHL 2002.
Show me a game commentary that doesn't get repetitive, and I'll show you a happy man. Sadly, even this commentary repeats itself. It's not as bad as in years past, but you'll be sick of some of the remarks by the second season.
-- Chris Carle
In the final analysis, NFL 2K3 is a great football game that inches ever closer to football simulation nirvana. The inclusion of several key features, especially this year's multi-faceted Franchise Mode, makes huge strides over last year's offering. Invariably, there's going to be argument and consternation about the final score, which I'll tell you now is an 9.1. To be sure, there will be a rush to the IGN Boards to discuss and (in the case of some fans) lament this score. The main point of contention will be the fact that last year's version earned a 9.0 on PS2, and an 8.3 on Xbox. It did not make an appearance on the Cube in 2K2. In addition, you'll probably be asking yourself how this game stacks up to Madden this year. There is but one thing to say: different reviewers, different reviews. I haven't played this year's Madden, yet. As for the other scores, I personally would have placed 2K2 firmly in the 8.4 range, and last year's Madden slightly higher at 8.6. By those standards, 9.1 is not only a great achievement for SEGA and VC, but a pretty darn good score. End of discussion. Franchise Mode. Online play. National user stat tracking. Challenging and realistic AI. There is so much going on in NFL 2K3 that it will keep you busy until the next one (which I expect to make similar improvements) arrives next summer. If you take your football seriously, you owe yourself this game. It's now the deepest football game on the market, and is poised to remain good for many years.
-- Chris Carle
A great license and excellent cover boy add authenticity and credibility. The menus and features are much improved over last year, although some things are still hard to navigate. 9.0
The best player models in the business, and some of the most realistic animations we've seen. Face maps still look flat, field textures could be better and clipping is a factor. 8.0
These are the best damn crowds we've ever heard. Good use of contextual commentary, although it still gets repetitive. 8.0
This game plays so close to real football it's scary... and extra scary to novices, who may balk at the learning curve. Interceptions and broken tackles have been toned down. 9.0
The biggest, meanest Franchise mode around adds tons of playability with new features: scouting combines, preseason, enhanced trading and more. Online play will lengthen the life. 10.0
OVERALL SCORE (not an average) 9.1
de abedi » 07 Avr 2003, 20:56
Why always me ?
de Paranoid2013 » 08 Avr 2003, 11:10
mais QUAND va t il sortir en france sur xbox ??????
de Mikl » 08 Avr 2003, 12:00
de Donatello » 08 Avr 2003, 14:14
vs avez une equipe prefere ?
de Donatello » 08 Avr 2003, 16:00
Whether you're a hard-core football fan or a casual follower of the sport, you'll find that NFL 2K3 delivers nearly every aspect of professional football flawlessly. The game offers several different modes to choose from, including a revamped franchise mode and the Sega Sports challenge, which allows you to have your stats ranked against those of other players from across the country. Aside from a few very minor gripes, the gameplay is also incredibly balanced, and the introduction of the ESPN license gives the game a better overall presentation and feel.
There are several modes to choose from in NFL 2K3. You can jump right into a game by choosing the quick game option or the exhibition option (you can also play as dozens of classic teams in these modes). Likewise, you can create your own tournament with up to 16 teams, or immediately jump into a playoff situation. There's also a practice mode that will help you become familiar with the fundamentals of NFL 2K3's gameplay. You can practice special moves while running with the ball, practice plays in your team's playbook with no defense, or hold a full scrimmage with a randomly selected defense, which is helpful since it essentially replicates a game-time situation and gives you a chance to get a feel for your team's strengths and weaknesses. In the Sega Sports challenge mode, you play games on default rules and options settings and then receive a password that corresponds to the stats you put up in each game. You can then use that password on segasports.com to rank yourself against other players and their statistics. It's not quite a full substitute for the Xbox Live feature, which currently doesn't work, but it does draw on the same sense of competition.
Perhaps one of the more intriguing options is the situation mode, which lets you edit everything from the score and the amount of time left on the clock to the line of scrimmage. So, for example, you could set up a game so it starts in the fourth quarter with two minutes remaining, and your team has the ball but it's losing by six points. You can create just about any scenario with this feature, and it can present quite a challenge for even veteran players, but if you're looking for something with a little more depth, then you'll find it in NFL 2K3's season mode.
Patriots in the huddle.
The season mode lets you take a team through a single season of football and the playoffs. Along the way, you can set and tweak your roster, release players, and engage in trades. You can view any injuries that occur over the course of the season and adjust your roster as necessary. The season mode also provides you with a number of coaching-related options. In the coach game plan, you can place an emphasis on particular types of plays, so you can have your defense focus on blitzing or have your offense lean toward running. In addition, you can edit your team's playbook by searching through other teams' formations and plays and selecting the ones you want to add. Of course, most teams already have a large number of plays to choose from, but there may be a few occasions when it seems like your team doesn't have a play that's suited to its particular strengths or a specific situation. The season mode can be quite fun for those who don't necessarily want to get involved in the deeper layers of the sport, but those who do enjoy those deeper layers will undoubtedly be impressed by NFL 2K3's franchise mode.
Before you even dive into the franchise mode, there are a few customizable options to mess around with. You can decide whether or not to have a preseason, a trade deadline, or a fantasy draft, and you can also decide if the computer should handle drafting, re-signing, and other contractual dealings--though, part of what makes the franchise mode so entertaining is being able to handle such things yourself. In addition, you can create an entirely new league by moving teams into different divisions and importing players from NCAA 2K3. When you've set these parameters, you can then select your team and edit the
From there, you're brought into an office area, which serves as your team's headquarters. This is where you can monitor upcoming games in the season, adjust your roster, look at injury reports, edit the playbook, and take care of other general coaching duties. If you select the front office option, you'll be sent to an entirely different office area where all the behind-the-scenes work is done. You can view the current status of individual player contracts and then choose to release players, renegotiate contracts, initiate trades, or put players on the trading block.
The Xbox version of NFL 2K3 is probably the best looking of the three versions.
Trades are a fairly straightforward affair in NFL 2K3, as you can select up to three players at once and offer them to another team. The other team will decline your offer if it doesn't think the trade is fair, but you can continually badger it by offering different players. The trading block option is separate from the main trade feature, but it's probably the more useful of the two. Essentially, you can put any player you want on the trading block, indicating to other teams that this particular player is up for grabs and that any team can make an offer for him over the course of the season. The trading block is useful if you have a high-salary player who sits on the bench, but usually, teams will make counteroffers, asking you for another player before going through with the trade. If you're not sure which positions you have needs in, the front office has a team needs option that basically tells you how many players you have at each position and how many you actually need. For example, the 49ers have five quarterbacks in NFL 2K3, but you only need four, so you can either release that extra quarterback or attempt to make a trade. Lastly, you can also keep track of a huge number of statistics, including team, individual, and rookie stats.
Issac Byrd gets angry.
There's just as much to do during the off-season as there is during the season. You'll have to jump back into the office and make roster adjustments to compensate for players who might've retired, renegotiate expired contracts, sign free agents, evaluate trades, and release players. More importantly, you'll also have to prepare for the draft. NFL 2K3 gives you a brief look at rookies and their abilities before the start of the draft, but to get a better idea of their skills, you'll have to participate in the NFL combine. In this mode, you'll have access to a list of the rookies who will be in the upcoming NFL draft, as well as some of their basic physical statistics, such as their 40 time and jumping ability. To get more information on these players, you have to devote scouting hours to them. Since there are only a certain number of hours in each day of the combine, you can either sink three or so hours into a few players to get a detailed rundown of their abilities, or you can just use a single hour for several players to get a general idea of where they are. The reports you receive will specify what the rookies' strengths and weaknesses are and what skills they'll be able to improve. When the combine is finished, it's time for the draft, but before you jump into it, you can hold a mock draft to get a general idea of how teams will select certain players so you can adjust your strategy as necessary. At the draft, you'll get to see which players have already been selected and which players are currently available. In addition, you'll be provided with a list of the players you've scouted on a separate screen and a number of suggested picks on a PDA located on the desk in the draft center. Finally, you'll have to sign any players you've picked up in the draft, make final roster adjustments, and then start the next season. Needless to say, NFL 2K3's franchise mode is pretty deep, and it will undoubtedly keep you busy for hours on end
Of course, NFL 2K3's gameplay isn't exactly a slouch either, as it offers some of the most balanced football gameplay to date. The running game in NFL 2K3 is excellent, and the running backs are easy to control and have a nice assortment of moves, including jukes and stiff-arms. In addition, when you're running the ball through the line, your running back will turn his torso slightly so he can slip past his blockers and the defensive line, which almost solves the problem of not being able to get by the linemen in most previous football games. Similarly, if a defender or a member of your team falls to the ground, your running back can leap over him and pick up a few additional yards. The run blocking is also excellent, as the fullback and guards will almost always pick up the linebackers or any linemen who happen to break through the line.
The introduction of the ESPN license gives the game a better overall presentation and feel.
Passing the ball in NFL 2K3 can be difficult at first because of the excellent defensive back AI, but you'll start to adjust once you learn how to read defenses and get the timing down. In fact, timing is a crucial aspect when the defense is playing zone, as you have to throw the ball when the defensive backs are switching up coverage. For example, when the cornerback lets his man go because he thinks the safety is coming over to help, you'll see a perfect opportunity to throw a midrange strike. Likewise, for shorter passes, the key is to throw the ball quickly before any of the defensive backs or linebackers pick your receiver up in the zone. The only annoying aspect about the passing game (and perhaps NFL 2K3's biggest problem) is the defensive backs' propensity to time tackles perfectly so your receiver can't hold on to the ball--just when you think you have a completion, a safety will come running in and hit the receiver the second the ball makes contact with his hands. Of course, this encourages you to look for receivers who are a little more open, but it happens so frequently that it seems a little unfair at times.
Otherwise, you'll find that the defensive game is almost as balanced as the offense. Linebackers will sit back in passing lanes and knock the ball down or make key interceptions, and as previously mentioned, the safeties will actually come over and help cover or assist in tackles, much as they do in the NFL. However, blitzes seem to be a little unbalanced. Obviously, a defense running a blitz should be punished if the quarterback can get a pass off to open receiver in time, but to have the offense burn you for a touchdown almost every time on a quick pass play seems a little unfair, especially considering that the blitz has become an integral part of quite a few defensive schemes in the NFL. Still, it's not as bad as it may seem, since you can call an audible if it looks like the offense has the potential to get the ball off on time, or you can shift the defense around to attack the line if it looks like a run play.
The Xbox version of NFL 2K3 is probably the best looking of the three versions. Everything looks incredibly sharp, and the special effects (such as the reflective surfaces on the helmets and the bump mapping) are especially pronounced. The player models are incredibly detailed and can be easily identified by their faces. Some really nice facial animations have also been added, and they give some much-needed life to the players. Generally, the animation in NFL 2K3 is great, but there are some elements, particularly the animations for player injuries, that could have used some more transitional animations. The stadiums look equally good and are accurate representations of their real-life counterparts.
There's very little, if anything, to really complain about in NFL 2K3.
NFL 2K3 also features incredibly high-quality commentary that sounds quite natural and flows really well. The commentators will even go so far as to talk about what's been happening in the game, and the only time commentary is consistently recycled is in the introductory sequences and the presentation of the defensive and offensive lineups at the start of each game. Both members of the commentary team provide nice insight into the game and generally seem to be enjoying themselves, which helps make the commentary seem more authentic. The stadium noise is pretty generic, with the usual chants and crowd noise, but there's some pretty good chatter between players.
There's very little, if anything, to really complain about in NFL 2K3. The graphics look great, the commentary is interesting and sounds natural, and, most importantly, the game features balanced offensive and defensive gameplay that does an excellent job of mimicking the nuances of the actual sport. In addition, the ESPN license has gone a long way toward giving the game some personality. You'll be treated to the ESPN-style presentation, complete with split-screen replays and music from ESPN programming, which simply tops off an incredible game that any football fan would do well to buy.
un lien d'une vidéo pour montrer la complexiter du jeu :
de sethpnea » 08 Avr 2003, 16:46
de sethpnea » 08 Avr 2003, 16:54
de abedi » 09 Avr 2003, 13:59
Donatello a écrit:
vs avez une equipe prefere ?
Why always me ?
de Magic-Gamer » 09 Avr 2003, 14:16
Donatello a écrit:
vs avez une equipe prefere ?
de Folken » 09 Avr 2003, 15:28
de Donatello » 09 Avr 2003, 17:44
abedi a écrit:Donatello a écrit:
vs avez une equipe prefere ?
moi j'aime bien les dolphins
magic gamer : arf i faut pas
sinon vs l'avez vendredi voous ?
de abedi » 09 Avr 2003, 22:28
Donatello a écrit:abedi a écrit:Donatello a écrit:
vs avez une equipe prefere ?
moi j'aime bien les dolphins
magic gamer : arf i faut pas
sinon vs l'avez vendredi voous ?
Ptetre vendredi sait on jamais, mais g veut NBA 2k3 avant mais si je vends colin NFL sera a moi
Why always me ?
de Paranoid2013 » 10 Avr 2003, 11:31
si vous voulez me rejoindre sur le live...mon nom est :
à tout de suite !!!!
de lecter » 10 Avr 2003, 13:37
Donatello a écrit:moii c'est mon premier nfl mais g eu madden 2001 99 et 2002 avan donc ca devrai aller !
vs avez une equipe prefere ?
de Ryo Saeba » 10 Avr 2003, 14:17
de musashi » 10 Avr 2003, 14:33
Ryo Saeba a écrit:J'ai essayé la demo d'un jeu de foot américain sur Splinter Cell je crois et ca m'a bien plus le seul hic c'est que je capte pas trop les regles.
c'est pourtant super simple (enfin presque )
c'est en fait un bête jeu de gagne terrain:
le terrain fait 100 yards de long . Il y a 2 squads par équipe, une qui attaque une qui défend (sans compter les squads spéciales pour les relance on en reparlera peut être plus tard).
On tire au sort l'équipe qui attaque . celle ci dispose de 4 tentatives pour parcourir 10 yards, Elle doit aller jusque dans l'embut adverse en avançant petit à petit afin de marquer un touchdown.
Quand tu es en attaque et qu'après 3 tentatives tu n'arrives pas à faire 10 yards tu peux choisir de jouer le tout pour le tout et de tenter une 4ème fois ou bien de te dégager au pieds ou bien de faire passer la balle entre les poteaux via un coup de pieds (genre transformation au rugby)
Si tu arrives à scorer un touchdown tu as comme au rugby la possibilité de marquer un point de plus en transformant au pied, ou 2 points en transformant à la main
l'équipe en défense doit bien évidemment empecher l'autre parcourir ces 10 yards en 4 tentatives afin de récupérer la balle pour pouvoir attaquer à son tour.
C'est le principe de base, maintenant il ya des règles plus compliqué concernant la façon dont tu peux défendre (pas avec les mains tant que le joueur n'a pas le ballon, pas le droit de s'accrocher à son casque ....).
Voilà un aperçu exhaustif, le mieux étant de se regarder le super ball et tu verras, tu pigeras les règles rapidement .
jeux live: NBA 2K3, Capcom vs SNK 2 EO, Ghost Recon + démos
de Donatello » 13 Avr 2003, 13:26
tactiques bien géree et bien complexe !
les graphismes , les animations , tout est nickel sauf ce que je regrette c'est que les joueurs son un peu bocoup stereotypés , ou manchot , surtout les receveurs argh !!!
sinon le live st nickel , c'est facile a utiliser etc...
allez j'y rtourne ciao !
de Magic-Gamer » 13 Avr 2003, 13:33
ps : donatello oublie pas de changer ta signature
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