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How in the world can anyone give this game a 9-10 score when it's running at 30 frames, and the "life" it had in earlier versions has been literally sucked out of it. I have been a fan of the series since it's inception and have always liked it better than Madden. However, they had an extra year of development for the PS3 version(didn't release at launch, but XBOX 360 got theirs), and this is the best they could do? Firstly, they removed the refs,cheerleaders, in-studio presentation. Then, they improved the models, but the motion captures aren't unique and collision detection is still screwy as players continue to run through each other. The sideline isn't dynamic as everyone stands around like a bunch of zombies not reacting to anything (unlike 2K's fantastic sidelines) plus the audio (tackles, bands, player chatter) is barely noticeable even after being turned up. Finally, game play hasn't really been advanced that much as the players rarely react with one another at all. I'm more passionate about this because this was one of the games I've been really looking forward to for the PS3 and I've been totally let down. I love that they added the ability to save game shots and clips, but that's the only thing of substance I've noticed. The recruit additions are overkill. It's absolutely worthless that the CPU controls the play calling in the Legends Mode and you only control one player. The 07 game had a few glitches, but it had way more personality and excitement than this version. Guess I'll trade it in for Madden 08 and continue to play NCAA 07 on my PS3 until next season. It's my guess that die hard fans of the series may pick 08 up, but I'd be shocked if they come even close the selling the units they typically sell. I'm sure XBOX 360 fans are loving their game(s), in it's second development cycle, plus a former Microsoft exec was named president of EA Sports which ensures they'll be "taken care of". Oh, the irony!
The game itself looks nice, and does have some nice game play features however. The biggest blunder that I see from EA this year is the lack of co-op play. I'm not sure why they decided to take this out, but I know personally since the inception of this game I have looked forward to it coming out every year. Once the game arrives I typically call up the buddies and we start a dynasty in co-op mode. The fact that I purchased the game this year and then had to find out it didn't have co-op mode is a HUGE disappointment. Typically I would be playing this game every night and spending an insane amount of time during the weekends. But now the game has sat for the most part in its case since I found there is no co-op play. I'm hoping that EA wises up and puts out some sort of patch that we can download to fix this massive error on their part. If not I'll probably be taking this one back to a trade-in store.
Having been a huge fan of the NCAA series (I've bought every year since 99), I was very much looking forward to getting NCAA 08 on the PS3. I have to say as a first outing, it isn't a bad effort. The graphics, for the most part, are crisp, fight songs, crowd noise, and other audio are well done as well. The menus are laid out in a intuitive format. Dynasty mode and Legend mode are both excellent as well and the addition of ESPN Radio/TV/Web articles and pieces is a welcome thing.
However, there are some places where the game is lacking. The menus seem to move slowly when transitioning and the game itself slows down in a few circumstances. This should be expected somewhat, however, as EA has ported this version from the 360 and not optimized it for the PS3's computing power. As well, online plays a bit laggy and although the EASportsWorld is an awesome feature allowing you upload pictures and videos, it is currently broken for PS3 users in several key areas.
Overall, its a good entry into the PS3 market for EA with the NCAA franchise and well worth the purchase if you love college football. Let's hope for bigger and better things in next season's version!