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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best console sports game, period., July 20, 2003
This review is from: NCAA Football 2004 (Video Game)
No sports game out there can compare to the pagentry, passion and depth of NCAA Football 2004. This game can be as simple or as complex as you want. You want simple? Pick a team, line up and play a game. Want a little depth? Create-a-school, involve yourself in every detail: pick your stadium, team colors, mascot, uniform style, type of school (academic, et al), name each of your players, select your type of offense, adjust your depth charts, adjust your substitutions and finally, recruit the next batch of superstars.
See how incredibly detailed it can be? There so much more to this game than playing football, but even that has amazing depth. I play "Dynasty" mode in which I guide my team through several years. Some years, on top of all the "general manager" and "head coach" duties, I'll actually play each game hands-on. Other years, I simply play Head Coach. I'll select the plays on offense and defense and let the computer take control. If you don't want to sit through each and every game, you can simply let the computer simulate your game completely!
The football game itself is outstanding. The crowd goes nuts when a big play happens. Cheerleaders and team mascots dance around. And hit a big play for a TD, you get to hear your team's fight song. It's really adds a lot of pagentry to the game that Madden simply can't do.
The controls are simple, yet brilliant. The learning curve can be a little steep for new folks, but give it a week and the controls will be like 2nd nature. In fact, if you've played Madden, the controls are practicaly identical.
If there is a down side, it's that the difficulty levels are too spread out. I can dominate the game (which means no fun) on "All-American" level, but I get crushed by everyone (including Navy for goodness sakes) if I play on the "Heisman" level.
Bottom line, you can put all the NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS, Golf and Tennis games together and they don't add up to NCAA Football 2004. I simply can't give this game the props it deserves. Go out, buy it for yourself or your hubby (or kids), and then come back and thank me!
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Initial post: Dec 4, 2009 12:15:30 PM PST
I agree that this game is awesome. I bought it used for about two dollars at the mall and have been enjoying it for quite sometime. It's one of my favorite games ever.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 7:17:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 20, 2013 7:24:41 AM PDT
R. Goray says:
i just beat dynasty mode for this game ,after 60 game years ,it makes you retire...i had a 839-2 record,56 natty titles,798 won in a row,44 years at alabama,60 years coached total...yup im a loser
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