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NCAA Gamebreaker 2003

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Review of NCAA Gamebreaker 2003

This has the exact same game engine as NFL GameDay 2003. The play calling screens, displays and various AI items are all just about the same. The differences are in the actual plays that can be called, and, of course in the players. The plays you can choose differ from the pros pretty dramatically. Since many college teams employ the option, there are a whole bunch of option formations. As with NFL GameDay, the GameBreaker game is not positioned to compete directly with the big boys, it is at a lower price point, so there are some features that are not as nice as you find on EA or others, but for about 1/3 less in price, you still get a really good game.

The playability of this game is both easy and maddening at the same time. For some reason, 989 Sports set certain controls different than the standard football games that are available for the PS2. The controls don’t seem to be as intuitive as the standard football games do. When you get past that, it becomes easy enough to master and play. You can customize the buttons, but then you need to remember the assignments. The play selection screen is very busy and highlights a play in the middle and the other two are smaller on either side. I find this to be annoying and lacking any kind of AI to move things along. One thing is it doesn’t bring up special teams as one of the three major options to choose on 4th down. You still have to scroll through the formats until finding special teams. Also, if you use certain formations, then they should come up as the primary ones on the screen. Since they don’t, it just takes a little more getting used to.

Once the play is chosen, then execution is relatively easy. Take some time to learn the various buttons and what they do so it keeps you on the ball. For the most part it was pretty simple, but on offense, the option plays took some getting practice, and I never could seem to master the handoff and ended up running the QB up the middle more often than not. The controls say to press R1 or R2 to pitch the ball, but I could never seem to get that working consistently either. Passing works the same with the button icons showing above their heads, so it’s all a learning process.

The options are quite standard for sports games. There’s Scrimmage for a quick game; Bowl Season for a regular college season; Tournament Season, which is the regular season plus a post-season game if you qualify. Coaching Career allows you to manipulate rosters, recruit players and play over several seasons. Each format has a skill level choice, whether you want simulation or arcade mode, and game clock to set the number of minutes per quarter. That’s in addition to customizing the controller and other additional choices under gameplay options.

989 Sports does a nice job of recreating the various college stadiums and, while not identifying the name, getting the size and abilities of the starters including whether they are right-handed or left handed. They didn’t attempt to even try to match what the head coach really looks like. In fact, they all seem to look like the Steve Mariucchi model from the NFL game. The on-field graphics are nice, and the referees don’t disappear during gameplay. There seems to be a ref knocked down every other kickoff, which was pretty funny. The field is full-length and the players all fit proportionally to the field. The players are rendered pretty well, there is not too much in the way of polygon tears showing up, and the movement is pretty fluid and realistic. While not fantastic, the graphics are quite functional.

Keith Jackson returns as the play-by-play announcer, the lone superstar in this game. He now has a partner, Tom Brant, who does the color announcing. That has enough variety to keep it from being too redundant, but you do hear some of the same phrases as you play often enough. The other sounds are realistic and believable. There are even the bands playing in the background. The crowd noises are appropriate for the situations and the game sounds are very realistic.

OUR PLEDGE: We promise that we have fully played 'NCAA Gamebreaker 2003' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.

This review was written by Tom Downey © Absolute PlayStation

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NCAA Gamebreaker 2003


NCAA Gamebreaker 2003 was created by Sony and is a USA_Football Sports game.


117 Division I﷓A Teams and Stadiums ﷓ College football gamers will experience in NCAA GameBreaker 2003 the same action, ambiance, emotion and intensity they see in real college football with 117 current Division I﷓A teams and stadiums, 66 classic teams from the past and 27 bowl games. All the stadiums including Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Cornhusker Stadium in Nebraska, Husky Stadium in Seattle and The Swamp in Florida have been built to lifelike detail.

New Redesigned Game Engine ﷓ New player models along with more than 1,000 new running, passing, tackling and catching animations result in a game that looks and plays completely different from the franchise in the past.

New Two﷓Man Commentary ﷓ Joining legendary college football announcer Keith Jackson in the broadcast booth is college football analyst Tim Brant. Brandts passion and knowledge of college football is clearly evident in his commentary giving NCAA GameBreaker 2003 the best college football analysis ever.

New Hot Routes ﷓ For the first time ever change your receivers routes at the line of scrimmage without changing your formation. If the defense is in a zone and providing a cushion, call for your receiver to do a quick slant and see what he can do after he catches the ball. If the defense is playing man﷓to﷓man, test the DBs speed and send your receiver deep.

The Heisman Trophy ﷓ College footballs highest honor, the Heisman™ Trophy, is what Division I﷓A athletes and gamers in NCAA GameBreaker 2003 pursue while chasing the National Championship. Numerous other awards including All﷓American, All﷓Conference, Top 25 rankings, League MVP and position players of the year give you the opportunity to be rewarded for your hard work and dedication throughout the season.

Coaching Career Mode ﷓ Here is your chance to climb the competitive ladder of college coaching and win a National Championship. Start as a head coach or coordinator at one of the smaller schools and see if you really know your Xs and Os. Have some success at the University of Connecticut and before you know it, you may be taking over Bobby Bowdens job as Head Coach of the Florida State Seminoles.

Comprehensive College Style Football ﷓ Authentic college football formations like the Wishbone, Flexbone, Full House, Power I, and Wing T truly deliver a realistic college football experience. Blue Chip Recruiting returns to NCAA GameBreaker 2003 enabling users to heavily recruit at both the High School and Junior College level. Animations that will be part of NCAA GameBreaker 2003 include spin moves, hurdling over defenders, stiff arms, cut blocks, juke moves, stutter steps, shoulder charges and high steps.

27 Bowl Games plus 11 Hidden Stadiums ﷓ Play in 27 bowl games including the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl, Nokia Sugar Bowl, and Rose Bowl. You can also access 11 Easter egg stadiums including a Roman Coliseum, Orbiting Planet Stadium, Space Alien Stadium, Old GameBreaker Bowl, Easter Island Stadium, and Aircraft Carrier Stadium.


• DVD Media
• 108 KBytes required on Memory card per save (min)
• Up to 2 Players (without Multi-tap2)
• Up to 8 Players (with Multi-tap2)
• Uses Dual Shock2 Pad Buttons
• Uses Dual Shock2 Pad Analog Sticks
• Uses Dual Shock2 Pad Vibration facility

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