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
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.
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
Excerpt: While college football hasn't yet fallen prey to the 24-hour news cycle like the NFL has, it's arguable that it actually has more fans. With stadiums topping 100,000 per game, its appeal is hard to deny. Can the same thing be said about NCAA Football 13? The term feature bloat is tossed around a lot these days and if there's one franchise that exemplifies this it's this one. On its umpteenth iteration this generation, there's no shortage of ways to play.
Conclusion: NCAA Football 13 doesn't bring anything groundbreaking to the franchise, but it does make some much needed improvements. Better AI, more QB animation, sharper receiver reaction and the addition of the Reaction Time mechanic make this a fun and interesting NCAA Football release. It definitely isn't a leap from last year's game, but it's a step up.