Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Do you need more proof of NCAA Football 2004’s superiority? Besides being the only version of the game to support online gameplay and having a ton of new teams/camera/angles/fight songs/sound effects added, how about the absence this season of last year’s pretenders-to-the-throne from Sega and Sony?
  2. The PlayStation 2 controller is the best controller to play sports games with, and NCAA Football uses it to the fullest. The gameplay is extremely tight and the characters move with the slightest touch of the controller.
  3. 91
    From creating schools to recruiting players to fighting for your shot at number one, every aspect from the gameplay to the gridiron has been improved over its predecessor and once again takes the series to that next level.
  4. If you're a hard-core fan, you'll certainly enjoy the ability to play online, and all the other new features that help make an enjoyable game even better.
  5. 100
    Throughout the action, the controls handle sweetly, combining the depth of a large number of moves with smooth playability.
  6. PSM Magazine
    From its solid gameplay to its attention to detail, NCAA Football 2004 is easily the best college sports game yet on PS2. There's no need to go anywhere else. [Sept 2003, p.32]
  7. GMR Magazine
    NCAA stands as (at least) "Madden's" equal and easily justifies a $50 expenditure... Improvements galore and online play (with chat) make NCAA second to none. [Sept 2003, p.72]
  8. In the end, I want substance over style, and NCAA Football 2004 is the poster child for that.
  9. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    One helluva college football experience... The gameplay isn't quite as confining as "Madden's", allowing for more open-ended games. [Aug 2003, p.118]
  10. 90
    Tiburon outdoes itself and gives players the best college football game ever made.
  11. Game Informer
    While it has done a really good job of making NCAA its own brand of football, I feel like this franchise continues to be like college football is in real life - very entertaining, but ultimately a prologue for the pros. [July 2003, p.102]
  12. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Comes so close to perfection that you really have to wonder if Tiburon can top itself again next year. Somehow, though, I have faith that it will. [Aug 2003, p.100]
  13. 100
    The sound is the best part of the game, with all of the fight songs, and one of the best crowds ever.
  14. Despite the fact that this game does just about everything well, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit disappointed. Even though it's an improvement over last year's version, it at times feels a little too familiar.
  15. The real reason to pick up this version over last year's are the presentation upgrades.

Awards & Rankings

#20 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#45 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 79
  2. Negative: 8 out of 79
  1. Sep 22, 2017
    This game is a BLAST. The mechanics are wacky the graphics are outdated but its a FUN game. Play as your favorite college and play yourThis game is a BLAST. The mechanics are wacky the graphics are outdated but its a FUN game. Play as your favorite college and play your friends. It helps that 2004 was a great year for college football as well Full Review »
  2. Aug 17, 2011
    great game you can get it for .99 at gamestop plain fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mustgreat game you can get it for .99 at gamestop plain fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! must buy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Full Review »
  3. TreyC.
    Nov 13, 2004
    Game has all it needs. Lets hope 2005 is just has good.