Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 90
    By a fair margin, NCAA March Madness 2004 comes out on top in the showdown against "ESPN College Basketball."
  2. Despite the inexcusable omission of Xbox Live support, this is the best college basketball game on the Xbox. [Dec 2003, p.94]
  3. An almost perfect blend of great control and deep gameplay that will meet any college hoop fan’s criteria.
  4. From the quick-step jumper to the slicing 3-point shooting, the game had a lot of replay value.
  5. The failure to include many of the star freshmen in the game is inexcusable. With players leaving college for the NBA earlier than ever, freshmen play a more important role in college basketball than ever before.
  6. 85
    The game's Achilles' heel is its lack of any online play. But if you're more about the single-player game than about smacking some faraway Kansas or Duke fan, it's hard to find much not to like.
  7. 84
    While I applaud March Madness' marked improvements, it still doesn't equal "ESPN College Hoops" in terms of depth, so the game comes in a close second this year on the PS2, and a little more distant on the Xbox due to EA not supporting Xbox Live.
  8. It doesn’t have the variety of modes as Sega’s "College Hoops," but when it comes to play, I give the nod to March Madness.
  9. 83
    Superior to other college games and a lot of fun to play. [Jan 2004, p.63]
  10. The controls in NCAA March Madness 2004 are tight and very responsive.
  11. A superb basketball game, with Grade-A action, intuitive controls, and more bells and whistles than an ice cream truck. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.85]
  12. In terms of atmosphere, no other college basketball game captures the sights and sounds of a university arena quite like this. [Jan 2004, p.116]
  13. While March Madness 2004 does a good job at capturing the feel of college basketball, a general lack of polish keeps it just a little short of greatness.
  14. As always, the dynasty mode is incredibly robust. [Dec 2003, p.98]
  15. If you're gonna buy one college game this year, buy March Madness.
  16. More attention to the graphics and gameplay issues would secure its place as the preeminent college basketball game. Right now, though, it’s still on the bubble.
User Score
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. DeathtoDick
    Jul 25, 2005
    7
    Dick Vitale is the main reason this game isn't a ten. I had the volume at zero halfway through my first game. I also wish that you were informed if your recruits liked the pitch you gave them. Full Review »
  2. Steve
    Nov 15, 2003
    10
    This is a great game!! Can't put it down...it's got awesome graphics and intense gameplay.