Summary: "Another year, another [insert sports title],” am I right? Yes, with the autumnal winds blows in the latest crop of sports games, including the harbinger of Maddens to come, NCAA Football 13 . As I am tenuously optimistic about Madden 13 being interesting this year thanks to a new physics system, I was hoping NCAA 13 , which I didn’t get a chance to catch at E3, was going to be ushering in a similar attempted revolution.
Excerpt: Will it be Marcus Allen sprinting past would-be tacklers? How about Andre Ware throwing tight spirals across the field to every receiver possible? Or Desmond Howard changing games singlehandedly with spirited punt returns and amazing catches? These are a few of the options available in NCAA Football 13’s Heisman Challenge, our most anticipated new game mode from EA’s vaunted franchise this generation.
Pros: Variety of Heisman Challenge, Much, much better passing, By far the best recruiting ever
Cons: Heisman too easy with RBs, Timid wide receivers, Players glide right through refs
Excerpt: In real life, sports are a merciless competition in which only the strong survive. Punishment is swift and severe for teams that languish, so there is a constant push to make huge improvements from one season to the next. Virtual sports are very different. The NCAA Football franchise has been lagging for years, shoving the same basic content out the door without any major changes to keep things fresh.
Pros: Small though welcome improvements, Exciting head-to-head competition
Cons: Locking away Heisman winners is underhanded, Poorly designed, unresponsive menus, Bland Dynasty mode, Host of problems in desperate need of fixing
Conclusion: By no means is NCAA 13 a bad game. It's just that it is not a substantial update given the annual cycle. I wish there was more to keep coming back to. Last year blew my socks off, this year, I still have my shoes on.
Excerpt: Perhaps more than any other sport, college football is built around the magic of the upset. Everything changes when one of the nation's top teams falls to one that no one even gave a chance to, and sports memories are made. EA Sports' NCAA Football 2013 , now in the franchise's twentieth year is obsessed with this idea to the point where it becomes a regular expected occurrence and makes the game's other features less enjoyable in the process.
Conclusion: All together, NCAA 13 is a rollercoaster of rises and dips. For every nice addition like better sideline play and some improved animation there are equally negative aspects like heavily glitched replays and occasionally poor AI. While most of the gameplay and modes are fun, the title rests a bit too much on past success instead of adding in more new. Scoring this game is hard, because there is two ways to go about it.
Pros: Some improved animations and AI, Team Builder is awesome, Dynasties with friends are great
Cons: Too many of the good things are carried over from past titles, Too many of the bad things are carried over from past titles, Heisman Mode lacks the punch I wished it to have.
Summary: NCAA Football 13 brings to the table two new features: a bullet time mechanism and an ability to play as past Heisman Trophy winners. Beyond that, it's just the same old solid football game that is sure to please, but not excite.
Pros: Bullet time in a football game? Yes please., Heisman Challenge lets you play as Eddie freakin' George, About a billion new animations make the game look as real as ever
Cons: Heisman Challenge forces players to play on modern day teams, A swath of details are once again ignored, The game doesn't bring a lot of "new" to the table