Summary: Just like most of EA’s sports games on the Xbox 360, the second time is the charm for NCAA Football. Last year’s game was a bit bare bones and felt rushed, but NCAA Football 08 is fully featured and polished and finally ready to do college football justice on next-gen systems. There are still a few hiccups here and there, but NCAA Football 08 is a great game overall that is highly recommended.
Excerpt: A year ago, EA Sports released NCAA Football 07 on the Xbox 360. It wasn't a bad game - the gameplay was pretty solid as is par with the series. It wasn't a good game either. Features were missing, animations were choppy, and the overall feel of the game was not great. Luckily, this year is a different story, thanks to a much better effort from EA.
Excerpt: I've had mixed feelings about next-gen sports games so far. The power of the new machines' hardware has given us some gorgeous graphics with realistic players and lifelike stadiums. However, the move to next-gen has also been accompanied by an odd paring down of game modes. The gameplay options of the next-gen sports games simply paled in comparison to those available for the older systems.
Summary: Parents need to know that EA Sports and Tiberon make this NCAA series yearly for die-hard college football fans. Each season they strive to get everything accurate as they imitate college ball. The graphics on the newer systems (PS3 and the Xbox 360) are better than those found on the Xbox and PS2, but all versions deliver sweet college football action.
Conclusion: franchise more than it had been in some time. Despite that lack of freshness to the overall gaming experience, NCAA Football 08 continues to be an exceptional college football game, as the old adage of “don’t fix what isn’t broken” perfectly describes what college football gaming aficionados will find in NCAA Football 08. some improvements, and not so much that anybody will really notice, because it’s not on-the-field gameplay that changed at all.
Conclusion: NCAA has always been a good franchise, but it’s a few steps shy of being a great one. The current strategy works, and it’s content can drive sales no matter the how good the product, but for the less hardcore player, these antics age very quickly. I personally challenge EA to rethink their development process, go back to the drawing board, or inquire around the community to find provisions that can be taken to become a true gridiron powerhouse.
Excerpt: During the regular season you'll be working the phones when not calling the plays in an effort to reach out to academically-challenged brats with excellent 40 times. You're allotted ten in-game hours per week to sell your school to up to 35 athletes. Each athlete has his own interests and priorities and in scouting him you'll find out how well your program matches up. For example, Jamie Bass is really interested in athletic facilities (do they not have gyms in Ohio?