I really wanted to love this game. I really did. But after doing nothing but play football w/ my friends this weekend, I, as well as several others, have come to the conclusion that Sega NFL 2K3 is just terrible. I, like many others, bought into the hype machine called IGN. I swore that I wouldn't become their prey again since the glowing 9.3 (or something like that) recommendation they gave on the game Wreckless for the XBOX. I lost money on that one. Anyway, I've owned 4 Sega Football titles (2K and 2K1 for Dreamcast, 2K2 for PS2, and now 2K3 for XBOX). This game was touted as being rebuilt from the ground up, but that was a bald faced lie! This game looks almost identical to 2K2. It seems like instead of fixing the problems associated w/ 2K2, they created all new problems for 2K3! Here they are: 1) The in-game graphics are still the same as last year's - no improvement whatsoever. 2) Passing game has been tweaked for the worse. Tying together a string of completions is a mixed bag of dropped passes, corners and DBs that come out of no where to intercept you, and receivers w/ butter fingers that drop 10 yd. passes and bobble the others for an incompletion w/ no coverage in sight. And this doesn't happen two or three in a game, but freqently, and in every drive. 3) The opposition's RB can easily shake off 5 defenders before being brought down. You can't do that. 4) There is a problem w/ the buttons making them unresponsive to commands. You literally have to hit the Y-button 2 or more times for it to respond. (many forums, including IGN, are reporting this same problem) 5) Jerky animations. The motions aren't very fluid at all. 6) Instead of a running motion where the players' feet touch the ground, the players seem to "float" across the field as if doing the Michael Jackson's "Moonwalk". Especially noticeable is the QB approaching the center for the snap. Before he "sets", he annoyingly "float" to the left before taking the snap. 7) I feel like I'm always playing a Sunday night game because of the ESPN logo everywhere. (personal meaningless gripe) 8) Rushing is hard. Not as bad as last year, but still hard. 9) This game is just not fun. Regardless of how "real" or sim-based a game may be, it should still have a fun factor. Fever, even with its problems, seems more balanced in this regard. I think some (the honest ones) will agree w/ my assessment of Sega 2K3 now that some of the hype has died down. Personally, I feel that there is no game that has the full package right now. Fever and Sega are close, but neither blows the other away. The perfect football game would be a blending of the 2. Oh well. Maybe next year.