Once again, the heart of NCAA Football
lies in the Dynasty mode of gameplay, where you can play season after season with your favorite teams. Unlike the (real-life) travesty of the college football ranking system, the beauty of this game includes the playoffs and doesn't stop at the end of the season. In fact, from the moment the last gun is heard, you'll be fully involved in the upcoming season through the outstanding
draft process. Here you'll be able to try to recruit any player in the country, always keeping in mind that you need to fill certain spots not only for the next season, but also to build your Dynasty of the future.
While on the field, college fans will be in football heaven with many features, including a ton of new teams and plays. Of course, everyone's favorite play -- the option -- returns with all of its 'this-only-happens-in-college-football' goodness. Another new feature includes the new EA Sports Bio that gets saved to your memory card, and will update with multiple EA Sports titles. Now you can unlock special rewards just by playing these games together. Another cool update is the ability to take your favorite teams to the field using only mascots as players. It may be impractical, but it's very funny!
But perhaps the biggest new feature for NCAA Football 2004 is the ability for gamers to take it online with the PS2 Network Adapter. The online experience can sometimes be a daunting one, but EA does a pretty good job of relieving this. You'll be able to create a buddy list, as well as surf the game lobbies for worthy opponents. But in my mind, the ability to play online with the click of a button ('Play Now') is a great, great feature. People that really want to play don't have to dink around in lobbies any more. Finally, another one of the many features of the game includes the new EA Sports Talk option. If you have a USB headset to connect to the front of your PS2, you'll also be able to talk live with opponents online. (Unfortunately, I don't have a headset, so this feature is currently untested.)