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College Football Season Already?!

EA launches a college football game a month before the season

By James Stevenson     July 18, 2003

It's July 18th, a month before the NCAA football season gets underway. Already the preseason magazine are filling grocery store aisles, new jerseys are hitting the department stores, and tickets are being printed and mailed out to their owners. In addition to all of that, EA has just released NCAA FOOTBALL 2004 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube.


It's almost crazy in some ways. We still have a month to go before the Kickoff Classic, and there is already a game on shelves that will allow you to play as your favorite team. Hell, most gamers will probably complete a season or three before the actual college football season starts. Isn't it too early? Isn't there something to be said for waiting a bit? Couldn't EA have spent another 3 or 4 weeks working on the game to make it even better?


What's next? A college football game that comes out at the end of the season, where you have to download new rosters once the recruiting season is over? It

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just seems a tad early for the release of the title, yet I heard a story about a line inside a mall over 250 strong, and then the games didn't arrive till after the mall's closing time. Mob rule dictated that the mall stay open a bit longer, in order to allow the game to be dispersed.


I personally will be able to wait a few more days until my copy of the game shows up in the mail. It's not going to kill me if I have to wait until to start my season with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Besides, I've got KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC to play, who cares about playing a football game before the season when there is a killer STAR WARS game out anyway?


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ON SHELVES

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