Conclusion: All in all, NCAA Football 12 is a great entry in the series and well worth picking up for college football fans. The gameplay is as solid as ever, but the addition of customizable conferences and BCS rules means that the game is both a solid simulation of real college football as well as a sort of sandbox that lets you set things up and play them out however you want, corporate moneyhatting to keep the little guys down be damned.
Excerpt: Did EA Sports take College Football to a new level with NCAA Football 12, or did they come up short of the goal line? Building on what was a fantastic game last year in NCAA 11, EA Sports took that foundation and added enough modifications and improvements to make NCAA 12 the most realistic and authentic College video game experience of any sport. By the time the introduction video was finished I was ready to get dressed in my Clemson gear and tailgate.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a straightforward simulation of college football. Players can either control a school and guide the football team to a national championship, or create an athlete and lead him to a Hall-of-Fame career. The game can be played online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12.
Conclusion: I do look forward to trying team builder, though, because creating a team was always one of my favorite things to do. This seems like an incredibly long review but hopefully somebody will read it and either find it helpful or have some advice or corrections to give me to help me enjoy the game more. Dynasty mode alone though is enough to get it 4 out of 5 stars.
Excerpt: When your star player improves only minimally in the offseason, is that good or bad? That’s the stumper facing NCAA Football 12. It’s still a really, really good football game, but this season, EA Sports went for sharp but small refinements that only a fan could love. For instance, Dynasty Mode is definitely better thanks to the moderately interesting Coaching Carousel, which has you create a coach whose job is on the line depending on how your team performs.
Pros: + Tackling and running much tighter., + Slick upgrades to Dynasty and Road to Glory modes.
Cons: - No standout new features that make you glad you spent $60 to upgrade from NCAA 11., ? Are the weird cement-block menus an homage to <i>Riddick</i>’s then-awesome game-menu design?
Excerpt: Sports franchises do not have the luxury (or necessity) of creating a brand new experience for each iteration. There is no world to create, no conversations to make fresh, no bigger weapons to add, and no storyline to develop. You’ve got the same court, field, stadium, players, and ball year after year. Yet this situation allows for development in its own way, and this is what EA has tried to explore with the NCAA Football series over the last few years.
Excerpt: NCAA Football 12 review Game Over Online - http://www.game-over.com Over the years, EA Sports’ football games have undergone situational transitions. They began as the standard by which football games were measured. There was some competition at times, but apart from a challenge from 2K Sports in the NFL arena, EA has ruled the football landscape for the last several years. With this crown comes the automatic hesitation from fans: will EA become complacent?
Excerpt: Every year, I have a very distinct way that I play the NCAA Football series. At any time I have no less than two different dynasties going. I always start with the Wisconsin Badgers and continue my home state's yearly dominance over winning countless national titles, but the other is a bit more interesting.