But, back to the good stuff. The players look very good this year, with taller players being taller and heavier players looking like they can put down boxes and boxes of Little Debbie snack cakes. New tackle animations have been added as well, with bone crunching hits making my insides hurt every time I'm on the receiving end of one of those. The jukes look a little better, and the receivers catch the ball just like they do on Saturday afternoons. When you get down in the trenches, NCAA 2003 looks a little better than last year's (believe it or not). With the addition of smoother movements, and more variety amongst the players, EA has once again made a game that more than one of my friends have said: 'Dude (that's me), that looks real!'
The sound is perfect. They've kept the commentary from last year, but added all new commentary. This is great because you never feel like you're hearing the same thing twice. Now when you find yourself in a situation like running the same play twice, the commentators have more than one thing that they'll say. It adds a lot of realism, and to this day, I've only heard some of the comments once. The music brings college football to life. Finally this year EA has added tons of fight songs. LSU's is even there. All the fight songs are note for note, and are teeming with so much brass, you feel as if the marching band is trooping down your street instead of in your TV screen. The crowd noise is a little better than last year in that the crowd will go silent if your team is doing poorly. Just like in real life. So from the grunts of a perfectly rendered stiffarm to the B-flat tooting of the visiting team's band, you can bet your money that this is the most impressive football game ever on any system.