NFL GameDay 2004 PlayStation 2

  • 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
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  1. Cheat Code Central
    50
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Game Informer
    70
    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]
  5. NFL Gameday 2004 has visited the dermatologist and cleared up a couple blemishes, but the overall countenance isn’t that attractive.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Much improved graphics. The player models and stadiums received a much-needed facelift with a much higher level of detail and color.
  9. 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.
  10. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    60
    It needs another year or two (and perhaps a new PlayStation) to truly challenge the competition. [Oct 2003, p.119]
  11. 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.
  12. PSM Magazine
    70
    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]
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
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 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 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.