NCAA Football came out about a month ago today. So I have had plenty of time to play it through and try out all the game has to offer. So here is my review.
If you have not already bought this game, do it soon. It has the best, smoothest game play I have ever seen for any football game, Madden, NCAA or QB Club 1999. The running engine has been overhauled, again, which at first I was not pumped about, but after playing I see why they did it. I don't know if I could go back and play an older game after seeing this. The running backs can make real cuts and accelerate like they should. The tackling system is better too, with no more magnet style movement to the runner no matter if your the defensive player or not. This makes the game much more enjoyable and easier to play.
The graphics are better this year, as they always are. But this year they are actually impressive. They removed a lot of the glitches and added 3D grass. The players look more realistic the stadiums have their own identity. The fans are louder and look like people, not cardboard cut outs. The atmosphere, with custom team entrances, feels like college and not like Madden comes to campus.
The new features, such as starting as a coordinator and climbing up the coaching tree, or playing both sides on Road To Glory, makes the game more fun and deep. I can play both and one doesn't overtake the other. The little changes to the dynasty mode, as improved recruiting and custom schedules and conferences, makes the game more how college football should be, exciting and unpredictable.
I can honestly say this is the best NCAA Football game I have ever played, and the best football video game ever. Period. They took the problems that has been plaguing the game, fixed them, and then fixed things that weren't really broken. It is nice to see EA really try after taking a decade or so off with no competition. I can only hope the same effort was put into Madden 12, which comes out at the end of the month.