Every year I buy the new NCAA Football video game for my Xbox 360. This year’s edition has added more features to make the game more realistic for the player. It also is trying to separate itself from the Madden franchise buy making more changes and trying to bring the college experience to the console.
NCAA Football used to be Madden but with college teams. This isn’t the case anymore, as mascots, fight songs, shaking stadiums make it feel more like Saturday, or Wednesday, or Thursday, or Friday, on ESPN. They did borrow the Pro Tak tackling system from Madden and improved game play. New online dynasties and story lines make the game more realistic, and of course ESPN put its presentation and ideas all over the game.
The graphics are the best they have ever done. The helmets shine and have the logos well displayed. The detail is shown on all the uniforms are incredible. I was really surprised how well they improved. The stadiums are more crisp and clear, and the grass is like grass, and not green glass. The lighting was done very well. If you looking for a great game graphically, this is the best in the business.
The game play has been upgraded. No more players fusing or freezing and the blocking is better as well. Every team has its own style of offense, and the playbooks reflect such. Pro, Spread, Air Raid, Option, Multiple are all represented and the teams do have more of an identity. The online dynasty is backed and is beefed up. It’s more a part of the game then a feature. Regular dynasty is back and the recruiting has been streamlined so your time is eaten up by talking to a virtual recruit about how cool your weight room is. Road to glory is still a great option, with Erin Andrews (and her new contract) are back to lead you from High School glory to college immortality. You’ll have something to play for hours. With all these options it’s hard to get more play out of any game.
The locomotion feature is the new feature in the game, and it’s long overdue. Not everyone is Barry Sanders and can hit full speed on a dime. Now you have to hit full speed and cut to take it to the house. Plus the hit stick has been put in its place, as now you can’t always land a killer hit whenever you are kind of near a player.
Overall, besides horribly rating Michigan and Notre Dame (which got a little better but is still inflated to get the legions of fans to play the game and not complain how terrible their schools are) the game is the strongest ever. Sure Tim Tebow is on the cover, but if you can control your vomiting it’s the best college football experience ever made.