Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. I hate to sound like an EA Sports poster boy, but NCAA is a must-have for any sports gamer.
  2. The passing game's sharp, the running game's well balanced, and even the kick return game is more exciting that it is in the pros. [Sept 2002, p.26]
  3. The game has improved leaps and bounds since last years version, which is surprising since it was done wonderfully last year.
  4. To really enjoy the game in all it's glory, though, you'll need to play it in dynasty mode.
  5. The combination of solid game play, entertaining commentary, and unparalleled replay value make NCAA 2003 one of the best sports games ever.
  6. Best college football game on PS2 this season? Hey, is the Pope catholic?
  7. If every game sucked me into its world like this one, I'd drop out of society, move into the Unabomber's cabin, and never turn off my PS2. Seriously, NCAA 2003 is too good. [Sept 2002, p.150]
  8. 89
    Forget about best college games, NCAA Football 2003 is the best football game out there for serious football videogamers... Challenging and satisfying.
  9. 100
    Excellent controls deliver a highly responsive feel and a huge roster of cool moves, including a new defensive ball swat.
  10. Its fast and realistic action should make any joystick jock forget how badly his team is doing in real life, and the endless Dynasty mode will make classes optional for months.
  11. NCAA 2003 comes so close to perfection that you really have to wonder if Tiburon can top itself again next year. [Sept 2002, p.114]
  12. 90
    Although there are still more titles to be released, I’m not quite sure that any of them will be able to compete with the high standard that EA has set with their latest offering, the bar has been raised.
  13. What makes the title so special is the constant rewards players receive from just participating in a single game.
  14. 100
    You won't be getting an all-new classic here, but you'll be getting a classic nonetheless. [August 2002, p.38]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. UnKnown
    Jun 20, 2003
    Great game.
  2. NickG.
    Feb 11, 2003
    I love the game play, the only thing that could make it better is playing online against others.
  3. JoeL.
    Jan 3, 2003
    In this game you can be both the under-dog and the ovious power house. this game makes the players exactly like the college players, theirIn this game you can be both the under-dog and the ovious power house. this game makes the players exactly like the college players, their strong as well as their week points, both the individial and the teams. this game is the greatest college football game of all time!! it is a heck of a rush. Full Review »