Summary: Where to begin? OK, before you all "dislike" my review, let me state my NCAA credentials. I have owned almost every iteration of NCAA football from EA sports since 2002. That's ten years of NCAA experience. So, believe me I am a lover of NCAA (mostly because it is college football, NOT because of EA's game). My review is going to be about the core mechanics of the game, not so much about the different modes and such.
Summary: Review updated 10/31/11 EA Sports, after of months of waiting by fans and customers, is set to release their 4th and final patch. They have acknowledged the following as bugs but will not fix them until NCAA 13. Here is a small list of what won't be fixed: In Dynasty mode (offline and online), many players' "tendencies" will change.
Review of NCAA12 from the largest NCAA specific community forum
15 September 2011
Summary: In the wake of Patch #2 for NCAA 12, the moderating staff and community at Utopia (the largest NCAA specific community forum) wish to express our displeasure and frustration in an open letter to EA and the so called "Game Changers" and "Community Sites." EA's NCAA football series served as the catalyst for this site in 2003, and though the Utopia community has evolved to the point that it is no longer centered on EA's game, we still have a common wish for a quality...
Summary: I have played Madden and NCAA for years, and without question, this is the worst console football game ever made. Want to throw over the middle? Nope, the Linebackers all the way down to Akron have 40" verticals in pads. Want to roll out with the QB and throw or run? Well, you can do it once, then you are done for the drive. And by done, I mean you have to call run plays because your QB can't throw the ball anymore. Want to hit that wide open TE on the corner?
Summary: I'll be simple and honest. Do NOT buy this game...not YET anyway. If you are playing this game by yourself for the OFFLINE dynasty or you play Road to Glory, then the game is fun...although road to glory can be a pain when your team never runs the ball or you are a 5-star recruit and you keep getting subbed out for no apparent reason. HOWEVER, if you want to play this game with friends for online dynasty, then avoid this at all costs until an update comes out.
Same as 2011 but with new features that don't work.
9 August 2011
Summary: This game would rate higher if the price tag was $10 or less. The big new feature in 2011 is Custom Playbooks....which don't work due to a bug. The game has been out a month and, as of the date of this review, it is still not fixed. I don't know about you, but if I'm paying $60 for a "new" game, it should work as intended on day one. Instead, year after year, EA puts out a game that needs to be "patched" within the first month.