Summary: I wonder if active NCAA players prefer playing Madden . Do they want to play as themselves, or their friends? Or do they want to play as the players they grew up watching, the players that made it to the big time? For many, college ball is a necessary stepping stone on a path towards imagined, sought greatness; recognition, immortalization, and conspicuous wealth. Though the latter is impeded by the long overdue rookie salary cap.
Excerpt: College football season is right around the corner. Crazed fans will soon be tailgating at their favorite stadiums and gathering at their usual spots to watch their beloved schools battle it out on the gridiron. It’s a beautiful time of year. And when the actual football season is right around the corner, it can only mean that the virtual college football season is here right now.
Excerpt: It’s certainly nice to see the NCAA series trying things, and the spots picked this time around feel like good decisions. In this, the last marquee release for the series on this generation of systems, it’s probably trying out ideas for the next one, while giving it perfect cover to drop things that don’t work. Some of these things, like the enhanced option, should stay. Others are best left here. For now?
Pros: Option improvements feel natural, Coach Skills are a great idea
Excerpt: It’s easy to say that sports games have grown stale and tired. After all, this generation of consoles has dragged on longer than any previous generation, and we probably need more power for virtual sports to take another step. Furthermore, enhanced technological capability has resulted in the soaring popularity of other genres.
Conclusion: Concept: The series is trying to upgrade itself, but as this generation of consoles comes to a close, it falls short
Graphics: If there has been an upgrade in this department since last year, I couldn't tell
Sound: The halftime commentary touches on what's happened so far, but sometimes it focuses on the wrong things
Playability: The debut of the refined Infinity Engine from Madden solves some problems and exhibits others – there are still some odd moments
NCAA Football 14 Review: fourth and long waiting for next-gen turnover
8 July 2013
Summary: A decent final entry in this generation, NCAA Football 14 sports a better physics engine, more refined gameplay and mild tweaks to some game modes. We have higher hopes, however, that we see more substantial changes as this franchise makes its way to next-gen consoles.
Pros: Physics engine makes offense more rewarding, Training challenges are fun and provide solid tutorials, Streamlined game modes add flexibility
Cons: Doesn't push itself very far, Mixed results with A.I., Some glitches, bugs, random commentary errors