Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. The Legacy mode is incredibly comprehensive and it's something that'll keep players busy for hours on end. [Jan 2003, p.84]
  2. 90
    An entry worthy of its big brother, complete with its own set of smooth controls, elaborate play modes, and sharp A.I.
  3. 86
    My favorite basketball game this year... If Kush and Visual Concepts can iron out these troubles and focus more on the Legacy Mode next year, this could be among the elite sports games of 2003.
  4. Gives me that feeling when my favorite college team wins the game with a last second three-pointer, every single time I play it.
  5. 86
    If I had to choose between the three [versions], I'd go with the Xbox version, purely because of the broadband Xbox Live technology.
  6. The depth of this game is astounding. [Jan 2003, p.70]
  7. Game play is spot on "NBA2k2," which is good and bad at the same time. The controls are tight and responsive, but the force field issue mentioned before makes the game feel constrictive in ways.
  8. 83
    Easily the best college hoops game around. [Feb 2003, p.47]
  9. Fast-paced, big on fun, and contains the best passing engine on any hoops game. [Feb 2003, p.67]
  10. The games control is well done, easy to learn and customizable but players get stuck and this makes for some frustrating moments and the free throw system could have been done better.
  11. Still has a few rough spots on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball that would make any fan of the sport throw his or her controller in frustration.
  12. While "NBA 2K3" is a tighter (and perhaps better) game from top to bottom, it doesn't have the same energy, rabid fanbase, or guts as NCAA. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.86]
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Shane
    Jan 6, 2003
    7
    This game is fun, but with out some faults whay to many easy 5 foot shots missed and why are there hardly any fast breaks in the game. even if it's not as good as nba 2k3, if you like college basketball its a must buy. if not try renting it first. one other thing it's better than march madness 2003 in my opinion. Full Review »
  2. MatC.
    Dec 13, 2002
    9
    Solid title, worth the moolah. Not enough fouls for a sim, and zero fast breaks, but that's the only real beef. Highly suggest playing "slow" mode - it's much more realistic. Enjoy! Full Review »