Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 100
    Throughout the action, the controls handle sweetly, combining the depth of a large number of moves with smooth playability.
  2. It's the updated version to the best sports game of last year and brings a bit more to the table such as better defensive backs and more control on the offensive side of the ball.
  3. A game that should be online for the XBOX.
  4. The real reason to pick up this version over last year's are the presentation upgrades.
  5. 90
    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.
  6. So good, at times it can be too much to take. When it comes to football games, it simply doesn’t get any better than this folks. Whether you’re a casual or die hard fan of football, spend the money and build a college dynasty on your Xbox.
  7. Although NCAA Football 2004 could be called NCAA Football 2003 – Episode 2, it still offers enough of the little things for College Football fanatics.
  8. 88
    An incredibly solid NCAA game that will keep you and your friends entertained -- you'll just have to play on the same Xbox.
  9. If you're a casual college football fan and you already own last year's game, then there really isn't a huge reason for you to buy the Xbox or GameCube versions of the game, especially since neither features online play. But if you're a hard-core fan, then you will certainly enjoy all of the new features.
  10. Despite the unfortunate lack of online compatibility in both the Xbox and GC versions of NCAA Football 2004, this is still the premiere college football game and is clearly the best of its breed. If you also own a PS2, though, I'd go with that version instead.
  11. Dynasty mode allows you to enjoy one of the best college football games ever created in a setting that, at times, feels like an adventure or role-playing game. [Aug 2003, p.88]
  12. The new features are great but some require some awkward finger movement and could have been laid out a little better.
  13. Dynasty Mode is the main selling point and it is a lot of fun, especially the recruiting. After getting wrapped up in the Dynasty Mode you might even forget about Madden, at least for a short time.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. FirePants
    Jun 26, 2005
    Lots of fun. i like building crappy schools into powerhouses, but if your looking for gameplay, go buy Madden. I like the mag covers and the fact that i can save my prospects and draft them on madden. Full Review »
    Mar 22, 2004
    Very good game. In fact, it's just about the only game I even play any more... Personally, I like taking bottom feeder schools and turning them into powerhouses over the course of 5 seasons. Although it is very similar to the 2003 version (I only bought the 2004 when me version of 2003 quit on me), there are some added extras (Sports Illustrated covers, recruiting enhancements) that make it worth buying IMHO. Not perfect though. Sometimes, the screen starts bugging during certain things, e.g., interception returns. But overall, the best football game out there. Full Review »
  3. BobL.
    Jan 22, 2004
    I love the dynasty mode and anyone that thinks the names are that important, in dynasty mode, you get them in the off season for fresman and transfers. i love it nomater the names or not. it has all the bowls, all the awards, and the off-season stuff like recruting is AWESOME!!!!! Buy if if you have 40 bucks now!!!!! Full Review »