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  • Summary: Take the rivalry online: Battle Michigan vs. Ohio State, USC vs. Notre Dame, Oklahoma vs. Nebraska, and more in online head-to-head exhibition games. Chat or sing your favorite fight song in-game with EA SPORTS Talk, or follow the stat leaders across the country in the Online Top 100. Get inTake the rivalry online: Battle Michigan vs. Ohio State, USC vs. Notre Dame, Oklahoma vs. Nebraska, and more in online head-to-head exhibition games. Chat or sing your favorite fight song in-game with EA SPORTS Talk, or follow the stat leaders across the country in the Online Top 100. Get in the end zone with new trick plays like the Halfback Throwback and Wide Receiver Double Reverse Pass. New animations include sideline tackles, stumbles, new over-the-shoulder and basket catches, user-controlled celebrations, and much more. See the receivers better through a new QB Rollout camera and use the Play-Action Pass camera to fake out the defense. New College Classics mode: Replay 20 of the greatest college football games from the last two decades. Take over the game at a key situation, relive the glorious victory, or change history with an upset. Over 150 new teams: Play as one of 36 new 1-AA teams or one of the 100+ NEW Classic Teams including 1930 Notre Dame, 1956 Oklahoma, 1972 USC, 1985 Auburn, and 2002 Ohio State. Continuing the dynasty: Project the season's top performers with the new Pre-Season All-American Team and revel in your weekly accomplishments with new Sports Illustrated magazine covers. [EA Sports] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    The sound is the best part of the game, with all of the fight songs, and one of the best crowds ever.
  2. PSM Magazine
    100
    From its solid gameplay to its attention to detail, NCAA Football 2004 is easily the best college sports game yet on PS2. There's no need to go anywhere else. [Sept 2003, p.32]
  3. 100
    Throughout the action, the controls handle sweetly, combining the depth of a large number of moves with smooth playability.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    92
    One helluva college football experience... The gameplay isn't quite as confining as "Madden's", allowing for more open-ended games. [Aug 2003, p.118]
  5. 91
    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. Despite the fact that this game does just about everything well, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit disappointed. Even though it's an improvement over last year's version, it at times feels a little too familiar.
  7. Game Informer
    88
    While it has done a really good job of making NCAA its own brand of football, I feel like this franchise continues to be like college football is in real life - very entertaining, but ultimately a prologue for the pros. [July 2003, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
  1. Markj
    Jul 16, 2003
    10
    This is the best football game of all time, college or pro. It might be one of the best video games ever. I have owned every college football This is the best football game of all time, college or pro. It might be one of the best video games ever. I have owned every college football game from EA since Bill Walsh's College Football on Sega Genesis, and every year I say it would be hard to do better, but EA always does. The changes from last year's version are more quantity than quality, but why fix what isn't broken? There are new animations, new recruiting options, and the Sports Illustrated covers are awesome. I also like the fact that there are even more Division 1-AA teams. I am from Iowa, and I was pleasantly suprised to see Northern Iowa already in the game, as opposed to creating them like in NCAA 2003. Not a big deal, but I liked it. The only gripe I have is that there is no create-a-play feature. That doesn't matter very much, since there are even more plays in this year's edition than last year, and lots of the new plays are trick plays. I think the only way you can play a better football game is to put on the pads yourself. Expand
  2. RobertB.
    Jun 30, 2003
    10
    The addition of conferences changing by adding teams and asking teams to leave makes this game the complete package.
  3. Aug 30, 2020
    10
    Even though the graphics aren’t on par with the advanced graphics nowadays, NCAA 2004 makes up for it with its fluent and satisfying gameplay.Even though the graphics aren’t on par with the advanced graphics nowadays, NCAA 2004 makes up for it with its fluent and satisfying gameplay. The controls take some time to get used to, however once you do get used to them you’ll immediately be hooked. The Create a Team feature is even more fun to play around with if you’re as creative as I am with the College Football world or even sports in general. Despite running on older hardware, the animations and feeling of when you tackle someone is something that continues to have me in shock and awe. It feels so fluent when you tackle or pull someone down as if the game expects you to do it before the snap! For both the casual gamer and the hardcore sports fan alike, this is a must buy. Expand
  4. DougP.
    Jul 23, 2003
    10
    Fantastic Game, only thing I wish the guys who made this game do in the future is give the players there names, you did it for your Madden Fantastic Game, only thing I wish the guys who made this game do in the future is give the players there names, you did it for your Madden games why not for the College games. P.S I love the Sports Illustrated covers in Dynasty Mode! Expand
  5. Mark
    Aug 9, 2003
    10
    No way you can pass up on a game like this. So far it is the best college football game EVER!!!
  6. ChrisA.
    Jan 10, 2004
    10
    This game is better than watching the College Gameday games! Great graphics with great and better rosters and brand new sideline action makes This game is better than watching the College Gameday games! Great graphics with great and better rosters and brand new sideline action makes this a game to get! Expand
  7. JabroniJigga
    Jul 15, 2003
    0
    This game sucks. I hate it like I hate it. IT sucks, i cant believe i bought this. Nah im playin dawgs this game is HOTTT. hottest game i everThis game sucks. I hate it like I hate it. IT sucks, i cant believe i bought this. Nah im playin dawgs this game is HOTTT. hottest game i ever bought. Yea i know you like that ryhme. My brother is askin me to go on his name is Vegeta. Expand

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#22 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
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#53 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003