Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The Legacy mode is incredibly comprehensive and it's something that'll keep players busy for hours on end. [Jan 2003, p.84]
  2. Definitely the best college basketball game we've ever played. [Jan 2003, p.24]
  3. 90
    Where the wheat gets separated from the chaff, however, is the A.I.; and Sega’s game is all whole-grain goodness.
  4. While the graphics are not as superior as it was with "NBA 2K3" or the controls as super smooth as "NBA Live 2003," the game is still a shining example of how a college basketball game should be made.
  5. No console hoop game to this date has fully realized the smoothness of real life basketball, but 2K3 is awfully close. Less cinematic and slower than March Madness, it captures the look, sound, and most importantly, the feel of the college game.
  6. 86
    My favorite basketball game this year.
  7. This is the best college basketball game I have ever played and I have played them all. From "Coach K" to "March Madness" to "Final Four", I have never played a college basketball game that was this enjoyable and realistic.
  8. Easily the best college basketball game ever made.
  9. 84
    The best of the college hoops crowd... The attention to detail in some of the arenas borders on the obsessive.
  10. One thing that Sega’s game has over EA’s is options.
  11. Fast-paced, big on fun, and contains the best passing engine on any hoops game. [Feb 2003, p.67]
  12. Easily the best NCAA basketball game in ages.
  13. 80
    With a couple tweaks to the gameplay here and there, Sega could have a perennial powerhouse on its hands.
  14. Offers up the most authentic college basketball experience. [Jan 2003, p.139]
  15. I gave "Final Four" a better overall score than College Basketball 2k3 on the basis of game play.
  16. The game still has a few rough spots on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball that would make any fan of the sport throw his or her controller in frustration.
  17. The AI is horrendous, all the great tweaks in "NBA 2K3" are MIA, and most of the fun is gone, too... People in dorms are going to have to get pretty drunk to get any enjoyment out of this. [Jan 2003, p.96]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jdezonia
    Apr 2, 2003
    6
    this game is ok i like how u can create a play but u have to make how u can create a team. i also like how u can export to nba 2k3 but why am this game is ok i like how u can create a play but u have to make how u can create a team. i also like how u can export to nba 2k3 but why am i a different color i was white then on nba 2k3 i was black come that made it bad. also don't make everbody so good. and in created player u should be able to be 7,10 like on ncaa march maddness 2004. Full Review »