• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Aug 27, 2003
Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. The seamless integration of online with the offline is a big selling point for GameDay. [Sept 2003, p.87]
  2. Things like the interface design and other small rough spots throughout the game will turn off those gamers spoiled by the near perfection that is "Madden NFL 2004" and "ESPN NFL Football". Yet I defy any PS2 sports fan not to fall in love with the game’s online features.
  3. 80
    A legitimately solid football experience. Deep enough for experts and accessible enough for the newbies, it's a respectable trip to the gridiron that sincerely took us by surprise.
  4. I'll say it without embarrassment - Gameday is back. It still lags a bit behind the big two, but it wouldn’t be too surprising to see next year's model truly compete.
  5. 80
    It may not be hanging out in the rarified air that Madden and Sega's ESPN game breathe, but it finally deserves to be on the same playing field as them.
  6. 80
    Player-movement controls sport a nice pressure-sensitive touch that presents veterans with a good challenge toward perfecting their skills. But the gameplay stills feels a tad slow.
  7. Still seems a few years behind the time with graphics and sharpening of game mechanics.
  8. Much improved graphics. The player models and stadiums received a much-needed facelift with a much higher level of detail and color.
  9. 989 has certainly improved its game in the off-season with a very strong online presence. Unfortunately the actual gameplay will still keep GameDay as a backup for at least one more season.
  10. Last year, I gave Gameday a 67. I feel this year's game is better on many fronts, but there are still glaring issues with the gameplay and GM mode. Once those flaws get ironed out, the potential to become a third fiddle in the football gaming symphony is good.
  11. This year's GameDay show some huge improvements over the past two games, but it still has enough rough edges to keep it from earning "pro" status. [Oct 2003, p.34]
  12. The single-player game play, however, hasn't changed much over the past couple of years. It suffers from a skimpy playbook and dim-witted AI-controlled opponents who do odd things like leave receivers wide open for a throw with no defensive backs in sight.
  13. Graphics and online are where the attention's focused, but I think they should have continued down the road to refinement. [Sept 2003, p.109]
  14. There are just too many other football games out there that are more deserving. With that being said, I’m happy to see that this game has started making improvements.
  15. Exhibits bouts of outrageously bad AI and displays little quirks that make it seem as though the game is simulating incompetent high school football players as opposed to seasoned professionals.
  16. Unlike "Madden 2004" and "ESPN NFL 2K4" though, one doesn’t get the feeling when playing GameDay 2004 that the developers pushed themselves (or their game) to the PS2's theoretical limit. Cool online football experience though!
  17. It really doesn't matter how much NFL GameDay 2004 does well, because the running game is just so bad that it practically ruins any type of game you play - online, offline, multiplayer, against the CPU, against a skilled player, or against a novice.
  18. It needs another year or two (and perhaps a new PlayStation) to truly challenge the competition. [Oct 2003, p.119]
  19. The coolest new addition to GameDay is the voice-recognition features. Those of you who bought SOCOM: US Navy Seals, and have the VR headset will be able to call your plays, send men in motion, and even hike the ball.
  20. Despite some great innovations such as online gaming and voice recognition, NFL GameDay 2004 is still a bit of a stinker as far as gameplay is concerned.
  21. NFL Gameday 2004 has visited the dermatologist and cleared up a couple blemishes, but the overall countenance isn’t that attractive.
  22. Why would you bother with its blundering ways with "Madden" and "ESPN" around? [Nov 2003, p.184]
  23. A rousing, gravelly, NFL Films-style introduction immediately gives way to slippery, sloppy, and outdated PS2 football. [Oct 2003, p.69]
  24. 40
    The highs of the added features are sacked by the lows in basic gameplay.
  25. 33
    While the online component is nice, actual gameplay is where things really fall apart. [Nov 2003, p.53]
User Score
8.7

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. KeithL.
    May 2, 2005
    8
    Fun game. It's a different type of challenge and offers decent graphics with some nice game play elements. Good second choice for an alternative football experience. Full Review »
  2. MitchellC.
    Dec 26, 2003
    7
    I've also rented all of the 2004 games and this game is pretty good in the online experience, but is just not as convincing as Madden NFL 2004. Don't get me wrong, this is a good game, but i bought Madden over it because it has better features and was more convincing. That's why i gave it a seven. Full Review »
  3. JoeB.
    Sep 28, 2003
    10
    This Gameday game has improved greatly from previous versions. I would compare this to Madden or better than that.