|Madden NFL 2003 continues the long-running football series by completely overhauling the sound engine. For the first time in six years, Pat Summerall will no longer handle the play-by-play commentary from behind the microphone. Award-winning broadcaster Al Michaels takes the reigns for 2002, which introduces new audio technology focusing on in-game action and what a player should have done in a specific situation rather than merely reporting what already transpired.
Situation-specific commentary will involve both Madden and Michaels talking to one another as the design team attempts to create a livelier and more engaging presentation than in years past. John Madden will also offer new advice for specific situations, such as what to do once inside the red zone, the proper use of timeouts, and various other strategies. Other new features include updated rosters and player ratings to reflect the 2002-2003 season, enhanced game modes, and new Madden Cards to collect and trade.