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You can play one of the 20 classic games of the past two decades. Your bio can be recognized by other EA games to unlock more goodies like stadiums and mascots. You can take a training class to learn how to run the option. You can create a team and take them into the Dynasty mode. There are tons of things added to NCAA Football 2004 that warrant the game being called much more than an upgrade. It truly feels like a new game.
Throughout the action, the controls handle sweetly, combining the depth of a large number of moves with smooth playability. As the clock ticks down, NCAA Football 2004 is well worth the price of admission for college-football fans. There's a whole lot of game here, and you'll be able to play it for a long time.
Visually, the Xbox version of the game is the strongest of the bunch, but it is missing one key feature thanks to EA's stubborn refusal to support Xbox Live -- online play. If you want to go online you'll need to stick with the PlayStation 2 version. A shame, really, because online play is the only thing this game needs. Still, it's an incredibly solid NCAA game that will keep you and your friends entertained -- you'll just have to play on the same Xbox.
GamerDad believes sports games are among the best to play with kids. Competition and complexity intertwine beautifully in video-Football and EA Sports does everything possible to teach the game to new players. Parent and child can even play co-op versus friends or the AI, and bond throughout a long season of play.
NCAA Football 2004 is a game so good, it has no competition. That's right, Sega backed off of this year's college football race, so if you're a fan of amateur athletics, this is the only game available this season. Not that that's a bad thing. In fact, even if there was a choice, there really wouldn't be a choice, NCAA Football 2004 is just that damn fun. 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. If you own multiple systems and are trying to choose the best version to buy, it really comes down to whether or not you plan to play online.
NCAA Football 2004 is definitely a solid title and a must for NCAA Football fans. Other than that, I don’t recommend purchasing the title for the casual football fan.
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.
As with most sports games, the decision to buy NCAA Football 2004 comes down to whether or not you think some of the new features and upgrades are worth paying full price for. 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--whether they're huge or small--that EA Sports has added to make an enjoyable game even better.
In the meantime, no one who buys NCAA Football 2004 from EA is going to feel they’re getting an inferior product due to the lack of competition; Sega version or no, EA Sports would likely still be “the best college football title of the year.