Excerpt: It's that time of year again, the time when the lights shine a little brighter, the smells are a little crisper and the food tastes just a little better. Yes, for those of us avid (some may say rabid) fans of that greatest of collegiate sports, the few weeks prior to the opening college football game are filled with anxious arm-chair quarterbacking and a feeling of exuberant exhilaration.
Excerpt: A lot of you guys are enjoying Madden NFL 10 now, so you may not care as much about this overdue NCAA Football 10 review. Although, on the other hand, a lot of you football fans are double-dippers and enjoy handing EA money just to enjoy the newest professional and college releases every year. And with good reason, too. Both Madden and NCAA are consistently solid sports games that offer a lot in terms of value and improvements.
Summary: NCAA Football 10 envelopes the excitement and pageantry of college football at its best. Enhanced stadiums filled with school colors, cheerleaders and mascots bring the college atmosphere to life.
NCAA Football 10 Review - Or: Why Aren't the Buckeyes Ranked #1?
21 July 2009
Excerpt: I feel like a Note Dame fan torn between the subconscious tug of loyalty and the self-aware pang of mediocrity. I love this franchise and NCAA 10 is a competent upgrade to NCAA 09 . It's difficulty level is friendlier to new players, TeamBuilder's a long-coming dream come true and the on the field play doesn't suck - that may read like a facetious point, but considering last year's quicksand running, its a necessary compliment.
Pros: you love college football, but for some reason or another - trapped on a desert island, frozen in carbonyte - have, over the past four seasons, skipped out on the NCAA series
Cons: career mode has you back at the well year after year Road to Glory features Erin Andrews, a virtual dorm room and load screens So basically it's last year's Campus Legend but worse
Summary: The theme for NCAA Football 10 is simple: Play the game the way it's meant to be played. Whether it's an entirely new mode or a gameplay option that helps with defensive play, nearly every addition to EA's college football series feels like it's there to nudge you into becoming a better all-around player.
Pros: Season Showdown is surprisingly addictive, Defensive aids create accessibility and work well, Running game finally feels right, Teambuilder offers plenty of great customization
Cons: Still some spotty AI, Nickel-and-diming bonuses are glorified cheats, Beyond Erin Andrews, Road to Glory isn’t a big change.
Summary: Once upon a time, the king of the virtual gridiron was NCAA, not Madden. Somewhere along the way, the two franchises swapped spots, with Madden taking the lead on graphics and gameplay. Whatever the cause of the flip-flop, NCAA Football has had an uphill climb, particularly in the wake of Madden 09's quality.
Pros: Risk/reward game plan settings add a new dimension to the game, Season Showdown is very unique, New animations are slick
Cons: Offensive line has no brains, New additions are mostly cosmetic, Core gameplay is almost identical to NCAA 09
Excerpt: However, at a closer glance, they are more alike than you may realize. Both series have resorted to the same philosophy of not straying too far off of the formula which worked to originally elevate each franchise. Unfortunately, that philosophy of sticking close to an established formula tends to have a limited lifespan before a series becomes stale, and
Pros: Gameplay is the best in this gen., Online dynasty is still good., Player lock cam is a good diversion.