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: 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? Will they simply spit out the same game with a fresh coat of paint this year?
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: A college football Saturday is unlike any other normal Saturday. Fans tailgate hours before gates even open, bands play their school songs, and players sacrifice everything to earn another victory---it's all part of the college football atmosphere. NCAA Football, EA and Tiburon's annual title, is back and looking to reproduce an experience that you could only find at the stadium.
Summary: There's a beautiful symmetry that ties NCAA Football 12 to its real-life counterpart. The collegiate football organization has been hesitant to make major changes to commonly derided aspects--such as how a champion is determined--and their digital facsimile replicates the same stick-in-the-mud approach.
Pros: Improved AI, especially in regard to block and pass defense, On-field action is fast and exciting, Competing against friends is loads of fun
Cons: Dated visuals, Recruiting is bogged down by logical inconsistencies and a preponderance of menus, Certain aspects clash wildly with reality
Summary: NCAA Football 12 is an immersive college football experience, allowing you to either jump in and play, or get granular with the sport, engaging it on every level. It's fun and challenging, but close enough to last year's edition that you might not find it a must-buy.
Pros: Robust Dynasty system gets better with customizations, ESPN-style presentation is more real than ever, Gameplay is dependably excellent
Cons: Some visuals are still last-gen, Simulations are unrealistic and take a long time, Not enough has changed to make it essential
Excerpt: The NCAA Football franchise has come a long way over the past couple of years. Year in and year out it makes great strides towards becoming the best football sim game around. Last year was easily the most contested year as more hardcore football gamers pledged their loyalty to NCAA than ever before.