NCAA Football 2004
It was tough, but "NCAA Football 2004" might be the best football
I've ever played, even better than the original "John Madden
Football" and--dare I say it--"Super Tecmo Bowl", which has held
this spot in my heart since I bought that game ten years ago.
"NCAA Football 2004" is that good, thanks to a couple of changes
over the previous version of the game:
- Play-action passing that actually looks like play-action
passing. Thanks to a change in the way the camera
works during these plays, you might actually fool someone
playing against you.
- Camera angle changes on rollouts and bootlegs.
Giving you a different view of the field, especially looking to
the wide side of the field, is just plain cool.
- Player animations are finally up to snuff. No
more scary eyes on those players in close-ups.
- Defenses that actually intercept passes.
And of course, who doesn't love Dynasty Mode? This is the
perfect football game, and I'm not even going to buy next year's
version because the current game is so freakin' good.
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience