Sega Sports NFL2K3 Instruction Manual Xbox (Version 2.0)

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WARNING: READ BEFORE USING YOUR XBOX™ VIDEO GAME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM. About Photosensitive Seizures

A very small percentage of people may experience a seizure when exposed to certain visual images, including flashing lights or patterns that may appear in video games. Even people who have no history of seizures or epilepsy may have an undiagnosed condition that can cause these "photosensitive epileptic seizures" while watching video games.

These seizures may have a variety of symptoms including: lightheadedness, altered vision, eye or face twitching, jerking or shaking of arms or legs, disorientation, confusion, or momentary loss of awareness. Seizures may also cause loss of consciousness or convulsions that can lead to injury from falling down or striking nearby objects.

Immediately stop playing and consult a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. Parents should watch for or ask their children about the above symptoms—children and teenagers are more likely than adults to experience these seizures.

The risk of photosensitive epileptic seizures may be reduced by sitting farther from the television screen, using a smaller television screen, playing in a well-lit room, and not playing when you are drowsy or fatigued.

If you or any of your relatives have a history of seizures or epilepsy, consult a doctor before playing.

Other Important Health and Safety Information. The Xbox Instruction Manual contains important safety and health information that you should read and understand before using this software

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Using the Xbox Video Game System

1. Set up your Xbox™ video game system by following the instructions in the Xbox Instruction Manual. 2. Press the power button and the status indicator light will light up.

3. Press the eject button and the disc tray will open.

4. Place the NFL2K3 disc on the disc tray with the label facing up and close the disc tray.

5. Follow on-screen instructions and refer to this manual for more information about playing NFL2K3.

Note: For an official diagram of the Xbox video game system, consult page 2 of the NFL2K3 Manual included with your game.

Avoiding Damage to Discs or the Disc Drive

To avoid damage to discs or the disc drive

* Insert only Xbox-compatible discs into the disc drive.

¢ Never use oddly shaped discs, such as star-shaped or heart-shaped discs.

* Do not leave a disc in the Xbox console for extended periods when not in use. * Do not move the Xbox console while the power is on and a disc is inserted.

* Do not apply labels, stickers, or other foreign objects to discs.

Using the Xbox Controller

1. Connect the Xbox Controller to any controller port on the front of the Xbox console. For multiple players, connect additional controllers to available controller ports.

2. Insert any expansion devices (for example, Xbox Memory Units) into controller expansion slots as appropriate.

3. Follow on-screen instructions and refer to this manual for more information about using the Xbox Controller to play NFL2K3.

Note: For an official diagram of the Xbox Controller, including button assignments, consult page 2 of the NFL2K3 Manual included with your game.

BEGIN THE GAME

1. Turn OFF/ON the POWER Button on your Xbox™ video game system.

2. Make sure an Xbox Controller is plugged into the Xbox video game system. + If you’re playing against friends, plug additional Xbox Controllers into the Xbox video game system. « Save your game progress, to the Xbox hard disk or Xbox memory unit inserted into Xbox controller expansion slots A or B.

3. Insert the NFL 2K3 game disc into the optical disc drive.

4. Turn ON the POWER Button. The Xbox screen appears. « If the Xbox screen does not appear, begin again at step 1.

Title Screen Once you’re up and running, the NFL 2K3 Title screen appears. * To go directly to the Main menu, press START (See Main Menu on Page 7).

CONTROLLER SETUP

In The Huddle: Offense or Defense

Left Thumbstick - Highlight package, formation, or play option xx Button - Choose package, formation, or play

Y Button - Reverse formation or play

B Button - Return to previous package or formation

L Trigger - Scroll multiple packages, formations, and plays

R Trigger - Scroll multiple packages, formations, and plays

OFFENSE Prior to the Snap

xx Button - Hustle to the line of scrimmage/Snap the ball B Button - Hard count

Y Button - Access audible menu

R Trigger - Survey the field and button assignments

L Trigger (while holding R Trigger) - View routes BACK Button - Timeout

Passing Plays

Left Thumbstick/D-Pad - Control QB xx Button - Throw to A receiver

X Button - Throw to X receiver

B Button - Throw to B receiver

Y Button - Throw to Y receiver

L Trigger - Throw to L Trigger receiver R Trigger (hold) - Scramble with QB WHITE Button - Pump fake

BLACK Button - Throws ball away Note: Also, quickly tapping any receiver button twice will cause the QB to pump fake.

Sega Sports Tip Maximum Passing

With Maximum Passing enabled (Press the A Button on the Team Select or Choose Sides screens), you can lead your receiver in any direction using the D-Pad or Left Thumbstick. For example, if you want to throw the ball in front of a receiver running toward the left side of the screen, simply hold left while passing. Be careful, Maximum Passing is pressure sensitive, and takes a little bit of getting used to. Try using Practice mode to get more comfortable with it before jumping into a regular game situation, and experiment with switching control to the receiver immediately after the pass is released, then using speed burst to catch up to the ball.

Rushing Plays/Run after the Catch

Left Thumbstick/D-Pad - Run

xx Button - Speed burst (Tap)

X Button - Dive/QB Hook slide

B Button - Stutter-Step/Spin (player will first stutter-step, then spin upon contact with a defender) Y Button - Hurdle

L Trigger - Juke left

R Trigger - Juke right

WHITE Button Stiff-arm left

BLACK Button Stiff-arm right

BACK Button Timeout (after the play has ended)

Note: To charge your player up for more effective special moves (like Juke, Dive, and Stiff Arm) press and hold the A Button until the arrow underneath your player fills up.

DEFENSE

Prior to the Snap

Left Thumbstick/D-Pad - Reposition your player

xx Button - Run up to the line

B Button - Switch defender

B Button (hold) + D-Pad - Cycle through defenders in direction pressed Y Button - Access audible menu

R Trigger - Survey the field

WHITE Button - Shift linemen left

BLACK Button - Shift linemen right

BACK Button - Timeout

After the Snap

Left Thumbstick/D-Pad - Run

xx Button - Speed burst (Tap)

X Button - Dive Tackle

B Button - Switch defender

Y Button - Jump and block ball

BACK Button - Timeout (after the play has ended)

Note: To charge your player up for more powerful dives and tackles, press and hold the A Button until the arrow underneath your player fills up.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicking Team

xx Button - Activate Kick Meter/Kick the ball

Y Button - Access audible menu

R Trigger - Survey the field

Left Thumbstick/D-Pad - Determine height of arc Left Thumbstick/D-Pad - Aim kick left/right

Receiving Team

B Button - Switch player

R Trigger - Survey the field

Left Thumbstick/D-Pad - Move player Y Button Down the ball

Note: If you receive the ball deep in the endzone, the CPU will automatically down the ball if you do not take control of the player and run it out. If you are near the goal line, the CPU WILL automatically run it out, so make sure to take control and down it yourself if you don’t want to make a return.

ADVANCED GAMEPLAY

Use these special techniques to advance to the next level.

On-The-Fly Audible System:

1. Your team can be on either Offense or Defense.

2. At the play-calling screen, press and hold the BLACK Button.

3a. Highlight Play #1 and press the A Button.

3b. Highlight Play #2 and press the X Button.

3c. Highlight Play #3 and press the B Button.

4. Now release the BLACK Button, find the play you want to run, and press the A Button to select it. 5. At the Line of Scrimmage, press the Y Button.

6. You'll see that Play #1, #2, and #3 are listed in the offensive audible overlay.

On-The-Fly Play Flipping:

1. Your team can be on either Offense or Defense.

2. Prior to the snap, press the Y Button to bring up the audible overlay.

3. While the audible overlay is onscreen, click the Right Thumbstick.

4. The whole team will flip their assignments, and the play will go in other direction.

On-The-Fly Hot Routes:

Defense, Pre-Snap:

1. When on defense, wait until offense breaks huddle.

2. Highlight the desired player, then click the Right Thumbstick. The selected player will now blitz on the play.

3. Highlight a defensive back, then press up or down on the Right Thumbstick. All defensive backs assigned to a specific receiver will tighten up their coverage and move closer to the LOS, or play off of the receiver and move back from the LOS. (This is dependent on the coverage picked See note below)

4. Highlight a defensive back, then press left or right on the Right Thumbstick. Now all defensive backs assigned to a specific receiver will shift to cover the inside or outside of his man. (This is dependent on the coverage picked See note below)

5. The third and fourth directions above also apply to linebackers, although to a slightly different degree, as they aren't in coverage as often, and usually will just shift in the desired direction.

Note: Remember that the ability to shift players is entirely dependent on what type of coverage has been selected. Certain coverages will not allow for players to shift in certain directions. Also, shifting one type of player will generally shift the others in his group (shifting a linebacker will shift all linebackers, shifting a cornerback will shift all cornerbacks) in order to maximize defensive efficiency. Bring your favorite team into Practice mode and experiment with different types of defenses and different hot routes to get a feel for what works where.

Sega Sports Tip Know Your Defense When choosing a defensive play, it’s extremely important to understand the situation and know which

players and which coverages are appropriate for that play. There are three choices that need to be made before your team sets up on the field. Here’s a quick breakdown:

#1 - Personnel Your first choice will be selecting what types of players to put out on the field. Here’s a quick rundown of your basic packages:

Goalline 5 Linemen, 3 Linebackers, and 3 Defensive Backs. The Goalline defense is best used in stopping short yardage situations, like a crucial 3 & Inches play. Be careful though, because if the offense crosses you up and decides to pass, there’s a good chance you'll get burned.

4-3 Your base defense. 4 Linemen, 3 Linebackers, and 4 Defensive Backs. Your LBs will be better at stopping the run, so choose a 4-3 on plays where the other team is more likely to be running the ball.

Nickel 4 Linemen, 2 Linebackers, and 5 Defensive Backs. Now you’re leaning a bit more toward the pass, with speedier players less adept at run-stopping but better prepared to guard against a throw.

Dime 4 Linemen, 1 Linebackers, and 6 Defensive Backs. This defense is geared toward the pass, and is best used in long yardage situations.

Prevent 3 Linemen, 1 Linebacker, and 7 Defensive Backs. The Prevent defense is generally reserved for extremely long yardage situations, as it essentially concedes the short gain to keep the other team from breaking off a huge play.

Note: Some teams may have slightly different initial defensive packages such as the 3-4, the 46, or the Bear. Take your favorite team into Practice mode to see what their defensive scheme includes.

#2 Fronts

Once you’ve selected who will be out on in the field, it’s time to figure out what they'll be doing, beginning with the defensive line. Scroll through the various fronts to see your options. Think the other team will be running it up the middle? Try “All In”, which brings all the linemen in and clogs up the middle. Want one of your linebackers to blitz? Use “Fan” to open up the line a little bit and give him some space to get through. There are several more available. It’s up to you to decide what to do based on the situation.

#3 Coverages Now that the linemen have jobs, it’s time to decide what everyone else will be doing. There are four basic assignments you'll see given to the linebackers and defensive backs, which are as follows:

Bump ‘n’ Run Designated in the play diagram by a T or upside-down T. The defender will play close to the receiver coming off the line and give him a little bump to try and throw off his timing.

Man Designated in the play diagram by a short line. The defender will stick with his man regardless of where he goes. Man coverages give your defense a little more freedom to be aggressive, but make sure your backs are talented enough to cover their man one-on-one.

Zone Designated in the play diagram by an orange circle. The defender will stay in his general zone rather than stick with a specific man. Zone coverages are a bit safer than man coverages, as you’ve typically got someone else to pick up the slack if one man gets beat.

Blitz Designated in the play diagram by a longer line extending through the line of scrimmage. Blitz a player or two if you really want to be aggressive and try to pressure the QB into making a bad decision. But once again, be careful, because if he doesn’t get to the QB fast enough, the blitzer will be leaving either his man or his zone potentially more open or vulnerable.

Choose wisely. Learn which types of plays are best suited for which types of situations. Figure out when it pays to be aggressive and when it’s a good idea to play it safe. The better you know your defense, the better chance you'll have of shutting down the other team when it counts most.

Offense, Pre-Snap: 1. Choose a pass play, and wait until QB is under the Center. 2. Nudge the Right Thumbstick in any of 8 directions:

« Up is a Fly Route

* Down is a Screen Route

+ Left/Right are In or Out Route*

* Up + Left/Right is either a Post or Corner Route*

* Down + Left/Right is either a Fade or Slant route*

« You can also click the Right Thumbstick to have a player stay back and block 3. Now press the button of the receiver to which you want to assign the chosen route. 4. After selecting a receiver, you should hear the QB bark out an audible. 5. The chosen receiver will now run the modified route (or stay back and block).

* Depends on what side of the field the receiver is on. Advanced Line Moves:

1. In the Pause Menu, select Options and ensure that Advanced Line Moves are set to ON. 2. Get on Defense, and before the snap select a Defensive Lineman.

3. Wait until ball is hiked. 4. Immediately pull and hold the L Trigger (to go left - R Trigger will go right). 5. Upon contact with a blocker, press a face button (X, A, B, Y). 6. If timed right, your lineman will execute a special move: * The X Button performs a shove * The A Button performs a bull rush * The B Button performs a spin move * The Y Button performs a swim move

For more information, also see On The Field on page 8.

MAIN MENU

To access the Help menu from any game menu screen, press the Y Button.

Quick Game Play a quick preseason game between any two teams. This is the fastest way to suit up and lead your team on to the field. See Quick Game below.

Game Modes Choose from one of eight unique, in-depth game modes including Franchise, Situation, Season, Playoffs, Practice, Tournament, Exhibition, and Online.

Options Multiple categories of options give you the power to customize your game at all levels, from the broadcast booth to the coach’s desk. See Options on page 25.

Load / Save Everything you can customize in NFL 2K3 can be saved and accessed later via the Xbox Hard Disk or a memory unit, if you have one inserted in your Xbox controller. See Load / Save on page 27.

Roster Manager

Use the Roster Manager to make personnel decisions such as releasing free agents, adjusting the depth chart, and editing player ratings and appearances. See Roster Manager on page 28.

Sega Sports Challenge

The Sega Sports Challenge lets you prove how good a sports-gamer you are and take on challengers from around the world. See Sega Sports Challenge on page 30.

QUICK GAME

To begin a Quick Game, from the Main Menu, choose QUICK GAME. The Team Select screen will appear.

Selecting Teams

Choose from more than 100 teams including all 32 NFL teams, college alumni squads, NFL past teams, and NFL all-stars. If you created any custom NFL2K3 teams, they’re here too.

To select teams: 1. Use the Left Thumbstick or D-Pad to move your icon to the side you wish to control during the game. 2. Pull the L Trigger/R Trigger to cycle through the teams. - To assign a user name to your control pad, press the WHITE/BLACK Buttons to toggle through those available. If you want to create a new user name, see Sega Sports Challenge on page 30. ¢ To enable Maximum Passing, press the A button. - To set your team options, press the Y button. Here you can choose from a variety of uniforms, or load any team’s playbook, including custom playbooks. Also, you are able to select the game venue from more than 45 locations, which include every NFL stadium and some fantasy fields. 3. Press START to begin. ESPN’s Clark Dishman will introduce the game, then turn it over to Dan Stevens and Peter O’Keefe to set things up before the team captains gather at midfield for the coin toss.

ON THE FIELD

Note: The controls described in this section are defaults. For information on alternate configurations, see Controller Setup on page 27.

The Coin Toss The visiting team has the honor of calling heads or tails before the coin toss. The winner of the coin toss chooses whether they want to kick or receive the opening kickoff. The loser chooses which goal they will defend. ¢ To make a choice, move the Left Thumbstick or D-Pad to highlight your choice, then press the A Button to select. « When both teams have made their decisions, the players will run out to the field and line up for the opening kickoff.

Kickoffs

Kicking Team « In the huddle before the kickoff, Move the Left Thumbstick to choose KICKOFF or ONSIDE KICK, then

press the A Button to select.

+ If you chose KICKOFF, Move the Left Thumbstick to choose the section of the field you plan to kick to. « When the Kick Meter appears, check the arrow to determine which direction the wind is blowing.

¢ Move the Left Thumbstick to aim your kick, and press the A Button to start the Kick Meter. Press the A Button again to stop the meter and kick the ball. (The higher the meter when you kick the ball, the more power you put behind the kick.)

¢ To survey the field before the kickoff, pull the R Trigger.

¢ To call an audible, press the Y Button to access the audible menu, and then press the button that corresponds to the audible you want to call.

¢ When the kick is underway, move the Left Thumbstick to run toward the recipient and go for the tackle. ¢ To switch to the member of your team closest to the ball carrier, press the B Button.

- To get a burst of speed, repeatedly press the A Button.

¢ To dive at the ball carrier and attempt a tackle, press the X Button.

Receiving Team

¢ In the huddle before the kickoff, move the Left Thumbstick to choose KICK RETURN or ONSIDE KICK RETURN, then press the A Button to select.

¢ To call an audible before the kickoff, press the Y Button to access the audible menu, and then press the button that corresponds to the new play you want to call.

¢ The kickoff recipient will automatically run to the spot where the ball is heading and make the reception if the user does not.

* Once the ball is caught, press the Y Button to down the ball if you are in the endzone. If you receive the ball deep in the endzone, the CPU will down the ball automatically for you if you do not take control of the player. If you are near the goalline, the CPU will automatically run it out, so make sure to take control and down it yourself if desired.

¢ To run upfield, move the Left Thumbstick in the direction you want to run.

- To get a speed burst, repeatedly press the A Button.

¢ To dive forward, press the X Button.

* To perform a spin move, press the B Button. The ball carrier will do a stutter-step, then spin upon making contact with the defender.

¢ To hurdle a downed man, press the Y Button.

- To throw a stiff-arm with the left or right arm, press the WHITE or BLACK Buttons.

* To juke to the left or right, pull the L Trigger/R Trigger.

¢ To charge your player up for more effective special moves (like Juke, Dive, and Stiff Arm) press and hold the A Button until the arrow underneath your player fills up.

In the Huddle: Offense or Defense

To call a play: 1. Move the Left Thumbstick to highlight the package you want to use (if the Play Calling option is set to By Package), then press the A Button to select.

2. Move the Left Thumbstick again to highlight the formation you want to set, then press the A Button to select. 3. Move the Left Thumbstick a third time to highlight the play you want to run, then press the A Button to select and break the huddle. ¢ To reverse the direction in which the play is run, press the Y Button (this can also be done while viewing packages and formations). ¢ To cancel a selection and return to the previous formation or package, press the B Button. * To scroll through multiple packages, formations, and plays, pull the L Trigger/R Trigger. Note the page number near the bottom left corner of the screen (Example: 1/6) to see how many more pages of plays are available in the section currently being viewed.

Sega Sports Tip Coach’s Pick For smart, fast play calling, press the A Button to view a suggested formation and play for your situation. Press the A Button again to select the play.

Sega Sports Tip Bluff Mode

In multiplayer games, keep the other player guessing by disguising which play you call. To activate bluff mode, highlight the play you want to run and press and hold the A Button. Then, while continuing to hold A, you can scroll through as many plays as you want to throw your opponent off. Once the A Button is released, you'll head to the line of scrimmage, and your team will run the play originally selected.

OFFENSE Prior to the Snap

- If you want to switch control to another player (multiplayer only), press the B Button. The player that picked the play will control the QB, and someone will always automatically be given control of the player with the ball once the play is run.

¢ To switch control of players in any direction, press and hold the B Button and move the D-Pad in the desired direction.

- To hustle your team to the line of scrimmage after selecting your play, press the A Button.

* To bark out a hard count and try to get the defense to jump offside, press the B Button after the QB is under center.

¢ To survey the field to check defensive parings, review receiver button assignments, and assess player status, pull the R Trigger.

¢ To view receivers‘ routes before the snap, pull and hold the R Trigger to survey the field, then the L Trigger to bring up the routes.

¢ To call an audible, press the Y Button to access the offensive audible menu, and then press the button that corresponds to the audible you want to call.

¢ To snap the ball, press the A Button.

Passing Plays

¢ To take control of the QB after the snap, move the Left Thumbstick to step back or scramble out of the pocket.

- To throw to a receiver, press the button that corresponds to the receiver you want to throw to. Keep in mind that the harder you push the button, the harder the pass will be thrown. A quick tap will throw up more of a lob, while a hard press will throw more of a bullet.

¢ To scramble with the QB, pull and hold R Trigger.

¢ To pump fake a pass, press the WHITE Buiton, or quickly tap any receiver button twice to get the QB to fake in that receiver’s direction.

¢ To throw the ball away, press the BLACK Button. Make sure you’re outside of either of the two offensive tackles, or you'll be called for Intentional Grounding.

Sega Sports Tip Understanding Play Names

When throwing the ball, make sure you understand how the play is designed to work. The number at the beginning of each play generally indicates how many steps the QB is supposed to drop back before throwing the ball. Here is a quick rundown:

50 The QB will take a 5-step drop. (Example: “50 T Zone Out”)

90 The QB will take a 3-step drop. (Example: “90 T Hitch”)

1XX —A play action play. The QB will fake a handoff to the RB before passing. “PA” will sometimes also indicate these plays. (Example: “PA 152 Z Stop -n- Go”)

2XX The QB will roll out before passing. These plays will sometimes also be indicated by “RO”. (Example: “RO 210 H Flare”)

It is a good idea to let the CPU perform the drop back or roll out for you while you make your reads. Then, when the QB has finished, make your throw quickly, as this is the time when the receivers will be expecting the ball. Of course, you can always manually break out of any drop back or roll out animation at any time, but keeping in line with the play specs can be crucial to running an effective offense.

Rushing Plays / Run After the Catch

¢ The handoff from QB to a running back is automatic after you take the snap. As soon as the ball carrier takes the football, you take control of him.

* To run, move the Left Thumbstick in the direction you want to go.

- For a speed burst, repeatedly press the A Button and explode through holes.

* To charge your player up for more effective special moves (like Juke, Dive, and Stiff Arm), press and hold the A Button until the arrow underneath your player fills up.

¢ To cover up the ball and get an extra quick (but short) burst of speed, press the A Button again when you have full power.

¢ To dive forward, press the X Button. If you are running a QB sneak or controlling the QB across the line of scrimmage, he will perform a hook slide.

* To perform a spin move, press the B Button. If there is no contact with a defender, your player will simply stutter-step, but upon contact, he will spin off of the other player.

¢ To hurdle over a downed man or over a potential tackler, press the Y Button.

¢ To throw a stiff-arm with your left or right arm, pull the L Trigger/R Trigger.

+ To juke to the left or right, press the WHITE or BLACK Buttons.

* To lower your head and perform a shoulder charge, pull the L Trigger and R Trigger simultaneously.

¢ After the play, press the Y Button to induce the no-huddle offense and quickly run the previous play over again. Press the X Button to quickly spike the ball, which stops the game clock and can be used in lieu of a timeout. Be careful though, you will lose a down.

Sega Sports Tip Using the Speed Burst Wisely Use the extra speed burst (Press the A Button again when your player’s arrow is completely filled up)

carefully, as this technique can cause a player to fatigue more quickly than normal. It is best saved for extreme cases when a quick burst is needed over a short distance. Tapping the A Button is more effective when covering long distances.

Also, be wary of resorting to the regular speed burst right away on rushing plays. Take your time coming out of the backfield, and let your fullback and offensive line create holes for you to run through. Once you get to a hole, speed burst coming out of it, and then as you get into a potential breakaway situation, go all out.

Sega Sports Tip The Icing on the Cake If you’ve made a great play and are about to score after breaking away from the defense, ease up on the

Left Thumbstick to have your player saunter into the endzone. There are several different versions of this depending on which direction your player is oriented. Nothing like a victory dance or a little taunting to make a great play feel that much better.

DEFENSE

Prior to the Snap

¢ To reposition your defender, push the Left Thumbstick in the direction you want to move him.

- If you want to switch control to another player, press the B Button.

* To switch control of players in any direction, press and hold the B Button and move the D-Pad in the desired direction.

¢ To call an audible, press the Y Button to access the defensive audible menu, and then press the button that corresponds to the new play you want to call.

¢ To survey the field to check receiver positioning and assess player status, pull the R Trigger.

¢ To shift your linemen left or right to take advantage of gaps in the offensive line, press the WHITE or BLACK Buttons.

After the Snap - To pursue the ball carrier, move the Left Thumbstick in his direction. - To get a speed burst, repeatedly press the A Button.

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¢ To attempt a diving tackle, get within range of the ball carrier, then press the X Button.

¢ To switch to the defender closest to the ball, press the B Button.

¢ To jump and attempt to pick off or knock down a pass, or block a field goal, press the Y Button.

¢ To charge your player up for more powerful dives and tackles, press and hold the A Button until the arrow underneath your player fills up.

Punts and Field Goals

Punts To punt the ball away:

1. In the huddle, select the punt package or formation.

2. Select the punt play. (You have fake punt plays in your playbook as well.)

3. After your team lines up in punt formation, the Kick Meter appears. Aim and kick a punt just like you would for a kickoff.

Note: When receiving a punt press the Y Button to call for a fair catch.

Field Goals To attempt a field goal:

1. In the huddle, select the field goal package or formation.

2. Select the field goal play. (You also have fake field goal plays in your arsenal.)

3. After your team lines up for the field goal attempt, the Kick Meter appears. Aim and kick just like you would for a kickoff or a punt. Keep an eye on the wind meter, and adjust your aim as needed to compensate for any wind.

PAUSE MENU

You can pause the game at any time to access the Pause Menu, or to just take a break from the action.

* To pause the game, press the START Button during gameplay, and the Pause Menu will appear. ¢ To return to the game from the Pause menu, simply highlight the Resume option and press either the START Button or the A Button.

Replay

Step into the broadcast booth for a few moments to run the film on the last play. ¢ To return to the Pause menu from the Replay screen, press the START Button.

Save Replay Save all of your spectacular plays to a memory unit so you can create your own highlight reel. Simply click the Left Thumbstick while viewing a replay to bring up the Save Replay screen.

Timeout Both teams begin each half of the game with three timeouts. Take a timeout when you need to stop the game clock, whether it is needed to change up your strategy or to intelligently manage the time remaining.

- To take a timeout from the field, press the BACK Button between plays or at the line of scrimmage.

Box Score

In addition to displaying the game score by quarter, the Box Score screen gives you access to complete team and individual player statistics throughout the game, as well as a scoring summary that details how each score was put on the board.

Game Plan

Here you can make mid-game strategy adjustments, including player substitutions, defensive matchups, and selection of offensive and defensive audibles. You can also view the status of any injuries that may have occurred during the game.

Substitution

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If you need to make personnel changes during a game, you have two options for making substitutions - globally, through the Depth Chart, or situation specific, By Package.

To make substitutions through the Depth Chart, see Depth Chart on page 16. To make substitutions by Package:

1. At the Select Package screen, highlight the package you want to modify, then press the A Button. The Select Player screen will then appear.

2. Highlight the player you want to switch out, then press the A Button again. The Select Replacement Player screen will appear displaying suitable substitute players.

3. Highlight the player you want to substitute into the game, then press the A Button one more time. The players will swap spots.

4. Make as many substitutions as you wish, then press the B Button to return to the Game Plan screen.

Injuries

It's an unfortunate part of the game, but as the contest progresses, player injuries may occur. The Injuries screen gives you a quick summary of all the players who are hurt and how long they are expected to be out of action.

Defensive Matchup Defense can be the key to winning a tough game against a worthy opponent, so why not match up your best players against the opposing team's best players?

To create Defensive Matchups:

1. Press the A Button when the receiver you want to match up against is highlighted.

2. Continue pressing the A Button to cycle through your team’s defenders until you find the right pairing. 3. Repeat this process if desired until every receiver has been covered. Linebackers are available to be assigned to players, and you can even have someone cover halfoacks and fullbacks, as well.

Note: Keep in mind that the defensive player will only cover his assigned man if he is in man coverage. When in zone coverage, he'll stick to his designated area.

Audible Manager

You have immediate access on the field to just three audibles, so you should make certain they are plays you know and execute well. With the Audible Manager, you can select these three audibles and fully maximize your attack.

To set your audibles:

1. At the Set Audibles screen, choose OFFENSE or DEFENSE to set your offensive or defensive audibles. 2. Highlight the audible you want to replace and press the A Button. The Select Formation screen will appear.

3. Highlight the formation from which you want to select a play, then press the A Button again. The Select Play screen will then appear.

4. Highlight the play you want to select as you new audible for that button and press the A Button one more time. The play then replaces the original audible.

5. Continue managing your audibles until you are comfortable with all three offensive and defensive plays.

Note: To fully take advantage of the ability to customize your attack, see On-the-Fly Audibles in the Advanced Gameplay section on page 5.

Options (See Options on page 25).

Camera Selection

Adjust the camera for your NFL 2K3 style of play. Some selections are better suited for playing the game and some are better suited for coaching only. Check out all the options and find the settings that work best for you.

Camera - Choose from five broadcast camera styles: STANDARD, FAR, SIDE, ISO (angled), or BLIMP. QB Pivot Mode - When ON, the camera pivots to follow the moves of the quarterback when he has the ball.

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Runner Pivot Mode - When ON, the camera pivots to stay centered on the moves of the ball carrier. Pass Play Zoom Out - When ON, the camera zooms out after the snap to show all eligible receivers, then zooms in when the pass is released to focus on the target receiver and the catch.

Sega Sports Tip Pass Play Zoom Out Having trouble making reads on your wide receivers near the sidelines? Turn the Pass Play Zoom Out

option ON for a larger view that encompasses the entire field and allows you to see all eligible receivers in order to make more accurate reads.

Choose Side

You can access the Choose Side screen during a game to switch control from one team to the other, or to allow newcomers to join the game in progress. The Choose Side screen functions similarly to the Team Select screen.

To choose sides:

¢ Move the Left Thumbstick or D-Pad to move your icon to the side you wish to control during the game. « To assign a user name to your control pad, press the WHITE or BLACK Buttons to scroll through the available options. If you want to create a new user name to add to the list, see the Sega Sports Challenge on page 30.

¢ To enable Maximum Passing, press the A Button.

Quit Quit playing the current game in progress. When you choose QUIT from the Pause menu, a series of Quit options appear.

Cancel - Return to the Pause menu without quitting the game.

Quit - Quit the game in progress and return to the Main Menu.

Rematch - Quit the current game and immediately start a new one between the same two teams with the same game settings. This option is only available in Quick Game and Exhibition modes.

Simulate to End - Quit the game in progress but have the remainder of it computer simulated. All individual and team stats will be compiled and recorded. This option is only available in Franchise, Season, Playoffs, and Tournament modes.

CHOOSING A GAME MODE

Choose one of eight unique, in-depth game modes, including Franchise, Season, Playoffs, Practice, Tournament, Situation, Exhibition, and Play Live, as follows:

FRANCHISE

Choose a team and own it. Create your coach, and take care of front office decisions such as Free Agent signings, player scouting combines, drafts, and coaxing players out of retirement. You also play the role of coach and take care of business down on the field.

Preseason Games - Set this to ON if you want to take part in the five-week preseason at the start of each year, or OFF to start playing from the first game of the regular season.

Trade Deadline If you want to continue making trades and other transactions beyond the standard NFL trade deadline period, set this option to OFF.

Fantasy Draft Roster To take part in a Fantasy Draft before beginning your Franchise session, you must set this option to ON. The Fantasy Draft allows you to select 53 players round by round to build the ultimate team from the best players in the league.

Customize League With this option set to ON, you can customize the league by moving any team, including a created team, into any conference or division you wish.

Import NCAA 2K3 Class -— If you have an NCAA 2K3 class saved to a memory unit, set this option to ON, and you can draft the players as NFL rookies.

As USER, head coach, and general manager, you have the option to conduct all