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NCAA Football 2003

NCAA Football 2003 by Electronic Arts NCAA Football 2003
by Electronic Arts

Platform: Xbox
ESRB Rating: Everyone
ASIN: B000068NM5

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• Over 140 schools
• Authentic pageantry
• 200 fight songs, 3D cheerleaders
• Trophy room for your booty
• Management features include red-shirting and high school recruiting Football junkies have long been accustomed to loving gridiron video games while tolerating their weaknesses. We appreciate the fact that developers try to incorporate genuine college or pro atmospheres into the games, but it drives us nuts when the fight songs are incorrect, the out patterns are automatic, or the running game is unrealistically easy or hard.

But then along comes NCAA Football 2003 by EA Sports, a game so good that after a few weeks, even your dog will wonder why you never find the time to communicate anymore. Start with the AI--by far the best yet in a college game. Defenses not only react to your play calling and adjust their strategies as the game evolves, but they expertly disguise their coverages and swarm to the ball with speed and decisiveness. In addition, your computer opponent actually makes intelligent clock decisions when time is running out (shocking!). The running game at times is a bit easy on the lower difficulty levels (especially if a back like Oregon's Onterrio Smith has the ball), but that's why they made All- American and Heisman levels.

The graphics, as is typical in football video games over the last couple of years, are extremely good, and the between-play animations provide extra spark to the rivalries (taunting runs rampant). But the graphics aren't the star of the show--it's the dynasty mode, stupid. With enough special features and stat categories to keep college football hopheads happy for months--including a comprehensive recruiting engine, a customizable intro screen that features your favorite school's colors and fight song, and a Trophy Room that displays all your bowl and rivalry game hardware--NCAA Football 2003 just might make fans forget the depressing length of the offseason. --Rivers Janssen

Terrific AI
Fans of almost any Division I program will be happy with the team-specific features
Passing engine actually requires you to read defenses intelligently

Commentary is a bit predictable
(This review refers to the PlayStation2 version of the game) Product Description: This game includes all the pageantry of over 200 fight songs, 3-D cheerleaders, and 117 Division I-A schools with authentic uniforms. You can personalize the game interface based on your team's fight song, mascot, logos, and school colors. Dynasty mode lets you create your own school and schedule, recruit star athletes, and redshirt to develop players and build a national powerhouse. You can beat your school's archrival and win one of 23 coveted trophies. The Trophy Room lets you display up to 59 total trophies, including conference championships and individual player awards.

From the Manufacturer: NCAA® Football returns for another year of legendary rivalries, emotional upsets, and unique college gridiron action! Over 140 schools go helmet-to-helmet in the tradition and pageantry that is college football. Call and execute the plays that make the band play, the cheerleaders shout, and the mascots dance! NCAA Football 2003 -- it's what college football is all about.

Customer Reviews:
Great game, November 10, 2002
Reviewer: Ben Strouse from Shelton, Ct USA
This is teh best college football game. The franchise is great. You can make you team go from unranked to #1. The trophy room is cool. You display all trophies from bowl games to hiesman in there. There is a mascot game where you can play as a team of mascots. After a season you have to recruit players. Like real life the best players want to go to the best school. If you are a great team you will get all the good high school players. Anothe great thing is that you can save the draft class leaving then if you have madden(which is a good game) when you finish a season in teh draft you can draft the players from NCAA Football. I reccommend You get this game.

One of the BEST games i have played in a long while!, October 17, 2002
Reviewer: Tyler
I bought this game not knowing what i was getting into. Total fun! It is a very addictive game and has kept me playing for many hours. The gameplay is awesome because of so many teams and tons of fight songs. The franchise mode is the best because you can try and recruit blue chip players to come to your school, you created or chose from the many already in the game, and try and sway their intrest level to your school. This game will keep you playing for hours and get you pumped up for the college season!

YES, September 30, 2002
Reviewer: Antonio Alfonseca from WWF
This is the best game avalable on any system out there right now. There is no game better than this one. If you want to buy a game buy this one, it is great. If you want to rent a game rent this one. Because there isnt a better game to spend money on. Really. I would venture to say that this just might be the best game ever made. That's right.

Chris's Game Reviews 5: NCAA Football 2003, September 20, 2002
Reviewer: Christopher Williams from Somewhere in VA
...We will now talk about one of the best games by EA Sports, NCCA Football 2003. It has 140 schools with updated rosters. It also has Create-A-School mode and Dynasty for your team. You can also visit the trophy room to see your collection. Paul Bunyan's Axe, Commonwealth Cup. They have alot of them.Create-A-Stadium is available with the purchase of a team too. Backrounds can be things like Campus, and Urban. You can go scouting ,too if you want to...

True College Football!, September 6, 2002
Reviewer: Bryce Butler from Monterey, CA United States
EA's NCAA 2003 accurately captures many aspects of the college game. From the nubile co-ed cheerleaders, fightsongs, roaring crowds, and myriad types of play in the college game NCAA 2003 has it all. The worst thing about the game is that it is just so darn addictive (I've played threee seasons so far). Perhaps the greatest thing about the game is it's accurate rendering of football. There's no arcade feel here. Teams must control the tempo of the game and put together solid drives to score and when there is a big play it's more often than not by a great player. The only conceivable drawback to the game is the lack of player names (you have to type them in yourself) which is understandable due to licensing issues on college players. Otherwise, EA has produced the best college football game to date!

This is a superb game., September 2, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Austin, TX USA
EA Sports has done all of us with fond memories of going to Saturday tailgates a great favor with the release of this game. My alma mater's stadium, fight song, uniforms, and all aspects of game play are present with exquisite precision. It really evokes nostalgia for the whole college football experience, both in terms of being at the stadium and watching the game on TV. I really enjoy watching your team's ranking go up in the polls as you win each successive game. Graphics and sound are great--they even have Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit (where's Chris Fowler, guys?) announcing the games that would be televised on ESPN or ABC. All in all, an excellent, excellent addition to your XBOX collection.

One of The greats, September 1, 2002
Reviewer: el_diablo_23 from Wonewoc, WI USA
I'm a football fanatic, but ormally i only buy the pro football games, this was my 1st college, and let me tel u sumitin, this game is one of the best football games out. lets start by talkin bout the graphics, the graphics int theis game lok so real, from body forms to animations. The gameplay is even better, so realistic, but the only thing is, i'm not sre if its jus my game, and i a pretty sure it aint, when u kick off or kick a field goeal and punt, the ball always seem to goto the left, its nearly impossile to get the ball to goto the right, that is probably the biggest prablem, everything else is the best. The sound is also grat, the commentary doesnt repeat as much like in the other gmes, but it is quit predicably, but still the best out there. now, one tinhg i also like is the off the field graphics like cheerleaders and the coach, and the camra crew and the sideline coaches etc. they all look awesome, it makes it feel like a real game, it just adds on to the realism to the game, and slo finally mascots, cool, even tough they are missing a few noticable mascots its still a grat feature. So ovrall, this is one of the best football games out there, next to my all time fave nfl 2k3, a definant buy for u college fans and also just u footbal fans.

Greatest NCAA Fotball Game, August 28, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Redwood City,Ca USA
this game is great if you want to have the best NCAA game get this one I had fun in just one minute

Quality football game, August 22, 2002
Reviewer: balachine from Concord, California United States
In my personal opinion, you can't go wrong with a game like this one. There are some good things and things that aren't so good. The graphics are not as polished as they could be. But you can see the player and he has great facial animations, the jerseys have little holes in them. So you can see the detail in the graphics. Playing the game is simple to learn. If you know how to play football and you know all the little technical details of how it is played you should be able to pick this game up within 10 minutes. On offense the line protects most of the time. Sometimes a player or two will get through and you can rely on your tailbacks to pick up the blocks. The QB is very accurate. Somtimes a little bit too much. Just like in real life there are receivers who can catch on accasion and there are receiver that you can through to every time and they will catch the ball. The option plays in this game were disgned perfectly. The defense is smart. Although the one major problem with defense is that the corner backs and safties are never in the right position. The receiver almost always will be wide open. The depth of where you are compared to the receiver is a little off. At a far distance it looks like you are in front of the WR but when the ball gets to him you see that you are behind him. Also the referees never call penalties. They do call a lot of holding penalties. A couple false starts. Once in a while they also call clipping. Thats about it. The other penalties are in there but they won't call them no matter how many times you hit the WR when the ball is in the air or how many times you hit the QB after he has clearly thrown the ball. They did a great job on paying attention to detail. Certain teams have pride stickers and when your player does great on a play and scores a touchdown he gets a pride sticker on his helmet. When you go into the next game with that team you can see that pride sticker on the helmet. Another detail is the power of hits. If you hit a player in the helmet, there is a good chance his helmet will go flying. Sometimes there will be a head on collision and you after the play you will see both guys on the ground with concussions. The dynasty mode is great. When it comes to recruting players you can learn every detail about that player. What their GPA is. How much they can bench press. How fast they run, how high they jump. How good they can catch. Etc etc etc. On a final note this is a great game and definitly worth buying.

A must have for NCAA football fans, August 21, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Bryant, AR United States
If you are an avid football fan, this game is right up your alley. It has all the teams, games, mascots, fight songs. Even the coaches look similar to the real ones. The likeness to Pat Hill with Fresno State is almost scary. I personally enjoy the Dyansty mode where you can take a team from worst to first with good recruiting and good on-field play. The only complaint I have is some of Lee Corso's blatherings while calling games. The commentary isn't very repetitive, but just some of it is corny. But, it's all about entertainment, and you can always turn it off. All, that being said, the game is awesome.

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