For 20 years, EA Sports has delivered high quality college football with the “NCAA Football” series. Because of its success and the fact it’s the only NCAA licensed college football video game, fans expect the series to be better and better every year it’s released.
“NCAA Football 13” is the latest edition to hit the shelves and while there are some aspects to the game that have not improved, there are some new features that make the game entertaining.
The first, and really the primary new feature to the game is the Heisman Challenge where gamers can become some of the best Heisman Trophy winners in recent memory and put them on any team and try to recreate their Heisman season. For example, Barry Sanders is one of the Heisman winners that is featured in “NCAA Football 13”. If the player controlling Sanders wants to have him on Texas or Oklahoma instead of Oklahoma State , that player has the right to do so. Others Heisman winners that are featured are Herschel Walker, Tim Tebow, Tim Brown and current Heisman winner Robert Griffin III.
The other feature has to do with passing in “NCAA Football13”. When a receiver is open, the icon above the player will light up which makes the quarterback more effective when it comes to read and reacting. There is also improved quarterback dropbacks and read progression which makes it the passing game more like the real thing.
There are also improvements to Dynasty mode as there is a new way to scout potential recruits as well as more dynamic recruiting pitches for player’s to use on recruits. Another important improvement to recruiting is the addition of ESPN Rece Davis’ studio updates as well as the ESPN Bottom Line ticker which keeps gamers up-to-date with scores that are relevant to a player’s dynasty.
As good as the improvements are, there are a few downfalls to the college football video game that could turn fans away.
First, players won’t be able to export their draft class to “Madden NFL 13.” This may have to with “Madden NFL 13” going through some major renovations with the Career Connections mode. So that is probably the reason that it’s not on this year’s version and the feature will likely be back next year.
Also, the presentation is well-done, but there are times where a player doesn’t get that college football feel for the game. That has to do with the crowd is bland at times and if a player wants to have all their schools music in the game, they would have to add to customize the stadium sounds to get that ultimate feel.
For the hardcore fan of the “NCAA Football” series they may be disappointed because they probably expected vast improvements from last year’s version, and that’s simply not the case. But because of the Heisman Challenge, the improvements to Dynasty mode and the overall presentation, it’s a mistake to pass on this game.