Conclusion: NCAA 2009 is the most frustrating sports game I’ve ever played. There are many aspects in which the game shines: animations, tackling, player models, and the running game. If these changes, and nothing else were made, then NCAA 2009 would have been a very good game. However, changes to make the gameplay more wide-open created a total imbalanced towards the offense.
Conclusion: The guides for this game are great so you shouldn't have a problem getting everything done. 5/5 Overall Review: A terrific game for any football fan or anyone who wants an easy 1000g. Very few problems and a lot of things to do to keep you busy for a while. It will also be very cheap so its worth the $5-10.
Excerpt: While I can't say I'm the biggest fan of watching college football on television, seeing the games live is an exciting, fun experience that doesn't cost one an arm and a leg. Getting tickets for a local college team doesn't require camping out on ticketmaster.com, nor do great seats cost an arm and a leg. Snacks aren't a fortune, and some of the players on the field could go on to become tomorrow's stars.
Conclusion: Anyone who has been to a college football game knows it’s all about the atmosphere and how great or little of an impact it has on a team’s performance. From the beautifully render stadiums, to the enhanced player animations, to even the depth of features and modes makes NCAA Football 2009 one of the premiere sports titles to have in your arsenal.
Excerpt: Instead of focusing on the fact that this year’s edition of NCAA Football is very similar to last year, I am going to focus mainly on the new and improved aspects. The development team have finally listened to the plea of its fans and given NCAA Football the capability of having an online dynasty. They’ve done a great job organizing the 60-year online mode as well.
Excerpt: NCAA Football gets trumped every year by its prestigious partner, Madden NFL, so why then do people continue to spend money on the college game? Fans buy NCAA Football for no other reason than the atmosphere. No dictionary can put into words what the atmosphere of a college stadium is like: Crazy fans that haven’t slept all night, college mascots running up and down the sidelines trying to distract the opposition, and chants specific to each individual university.
Excerpt: Name: NCAA Football 2009 Genre: Sports – Football Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii (Reviewed on Xbox 360) Reviewing sports games is always a dicey proposition. Generally speaking, there isn’t a whole lot of difference in most franchises from year to year. I mean, sure, this year’s iteration may add a new celebration system, or a host of mini-games. And the on-line modes get more and more fleshed-out as time goes on.
Excerpt: There is one basic test that every sports game should pass: It absolutely must be better than the previous version. If it's not clearly a better game then why bother putting down 60 bucks for it when the older version is sitting in the bargain bin for half the price? This is precisely the problem with NCAA Football 09 from EA Sports.
Excerpt: The NCAA Football series has always been in the shadow of its big brother, Madden. But like Eli Manning or Ronde Barber, both of whom have a more-famous sibling, NCAA Football has established its own identity and proven itself to be more than Madden with marching bands. This year's effort benefits from the inclusion of an Online Dynasty mode and the ability to share custom roster files, but other than these two additions, little has changed.
Pros: Online Dynasty mode supports 12 players, Great college atmosphere, Home-field advantage is effective but doesn't feel cheap, Custom rosters can be shared online
Cons: Lots of missed tackles, Recruiting gets old quick, Campus Legend is more of the same, Icing the kicker works way too well