Summary: I wanted to like this game; I really did. NCAA 2011 was an absolute blast, with only two things missing: custom playbooks and FCS teams. There's just something about playing FCS West and FCS East that's just not appealing at all. Anyway, I was glad to see the custom playbooks back for 2012. I try not to be picky, but I like my sports games to be as realistic as possible. And, sadly, this is just not realistic in the least.
Summary: I have never written a review for a video game until now. I am beyond frustration. How can a linebacker sitting on the 2 jump up and block a pass going to the back line of the end zone, and having a medium arc? It's not thrown like a bullet, he must have .000000001 second reflexes to then have a vertical jump of 87 inches to do this. What's the point of reading a defense, finding the CORRECT receiver, only to have such nonsense.
Summary: Save yourself time, money and aggravation. I've owned NCAA football 09, 10, and 11 and can tell you that the overall experience and fun has deteriorated over the past couple of years culminating with the worst version yet, NCAA football 12. The game is completely unrealistic in so many ways I cannot list them all. If you've ever played or are a big fan of football, you will be severely disappointed.
Review of NCAA12 from the largest NCAA specific community forum
22 August 2011
Summary: In the wake of Patch #2 for NCAA 12, the moderating staff and community at Utopia (the largest NCAA specific community forum) wish to express our displeasure and frustration in an open letter to EA and the so called "Game Changers" and "Community Sites." EA's NCAA football series served as the catalyst for this site in 2003, and though the Utopia community has evolved to the point that it is no longer centered on EA's game, we still have a common wish for a quality...
Summary: I finally decided to trade this back in. I can't believe how much Amazon offered me for this piece of garbage. That is an apt description, because I literally tossed it in the garbage can the other day. I would have gotten rid of it earlier, but we were promised a patch that would fix all the issues. I didn't check the online stuff, but the gameplay seemed to be the same and it even ruined some things, like the no huddle offense. The main problem is the passing game.
Summary: NCAA football series have always had their issues and bugs. Normally I could ignore them and still have fun playing the series. Not so with this iteration. By far the most buggy release to date, you will encounter frequent freezes, and many 'new features' either don't work or are almost too buggy to bother.
Summary: I love football, but I do not love NCAA Football 2012. This game is such a disappointment and geared towards people who are good with finding glitches. 2011 was a bit easy on the pass offense, but it was still a decent game. In 2012, EA decided to really jack it up and now almost every pass play can be covered, EXCEPT DEEP BALLS. 2012 is all about endzone hailmary bombs. Out of the 4 downs you have, just throw all 4 bombs. Your receivers will catch it in the endzone.
Summary: EA has no reason to put in any effort into their sports franchises. They have nobody to compete with. This game is terrible, go to the ea online dynasty support forums and look at tech support to see why. Well that is, try to see the complaints before the moderators delete them. Truly a terrible game by a lazy, complacent development team. I guess mediocrity is A ok as a goal when you can just buy good reviews from game reviewers.