Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. The meat of this beast is decent - not great, but decent. [Oct 2002, p.184]
  2. 67
    Improved, but still trails EA's "NCAA 2003" in every conceivable department. [Sept 2002, p.52]
  3. 90
    While all this is great, it still comes up a tad short compared to EA’s NCAA football game, especially in the college atmosphere category.
  4. Disappointing, especially coming from SEGA.
  5. The game seems to lack an overall level of polish, as you'll see some questionable AI and some occasional bouts of slowdown in the PS2 version of the game. Still, the gameplay itself is rock-solid.
  6. 77
    The legacy mode is rewarding and the gameplay is predominantly solid, but a plethora of bugs and some AI issues ensure it won't supplant EA's game as the reigning champ this season.
  7. You'll see a lot of poor passes (regardless of your quarterback choice), poor tackling (even for a computer-controlled player), hot and cold A.I. and many, many wide open receivers dropping balls. This is probably the most frustrating aspect of NCAA 2k3.
  8. 68
    For those of us who only buy one game per sport per year, NCAA 2K3 is still playing second fiddle to the pioneer of the genre, courtesy of EA Sports.
  9. In every way that matters, College 2K3 doesn't hold a candle to EA Sports' benchmark NCAA series. [Sept 2002, p.115]
  10. The problem is that EA’s "NCAA Football 2003" is a MUCH better game then NCAA2k3. EA’s game makes 2k3 pale in comparison.
  11. We would like to have seen a bit more effort put into the dynasty mode. [Oct 2002, p.35]
  12. A good-looking college football title that, despite being high on gameplay modes and playbook strategies, isn't quite as fine tuned to the sport it portrays as "NCAA Football 2003".
  13. While the gameplay isn't quite as solid as NFL 2K3's, it almost makes up for that with its thoroughly college atmosphere.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. JulianJ.
    Dec 4, 2002
    10
    Best game of the year. rating says it all.
  2. JoseH.
    Nov 19, 2002
    10
    This games bad-ass.