Summary: * My ratings reflect how I compare this game to the 2004 game. If this was the only game I ever played, I might rate it higher. My disappointment comes from the fact that EA Sports ruined this game when compared to the 2004 game. I understand they want to add new things and not just come out with the exact same game every year, but I don't like the fact that they changed the dynamics so much. There's too many "bells and whistles.
Summary: The last version of NCAA football that I owned was 2003 which was great. My friend called me and said how great the game was so I rented it. 2005 added a few items to the game since '03 then but lost a lot in the process. They added a large number of 1AA teams to the game which I like but the memory it used doing it hurt the rest of the game. The gameplay is awful.
Summary: The major problem I had with 2004 was that there were too many 5 star players in the recruiting process and the teams that performed well enough, inked most of the five star recruits. The problem that created was that after about three or four seasons I began to notice the dominant teams that signed the bulk of those players were unbeatable. By the end of your seventh or eighth year, there were anywhere from 12 to 15 undefeated teams at seasons end.
Summary: In their constant efforts to update the franchise, EA Sports has taken a massive step back with NCAA 2005. Sure, Stadium Pulse and Matchups are neat in a gimmicky kind of way, but in the real substantive areas, it is severely lacking. In previous versions, the Defensive backs have provided poor coverage and been worthless. In their efforts to improve this, EA has made the defense so difficult as to be completely unrealistic.
Summary: Gotta agree with those panning this version. It is definitely a big step backward. Graphics are slightly better, but: 1) recruiting is terrible. Whole new points system, which means the first time you recruit you really don't know how to spend the points. You will not get as many players as before. Recruiting WAS my favorite part of NCAA previous versions. 2004's recruiting inifinitely better than this. And Scouting? Fahgettaboutit. Eats up WAY too many points.
Summary: Disappointed with the new changes. I am a big fan of the EA College Football series and expected 2005 to be an improved version of the 2004 game. Not the case. While EA has added cool new features (described in other reviews on this site), they made exiting parts of the game worse. Loads times are dramatically increased. The best offensive plays from the 2004 playbooks are not in the 2005 playbooks.