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Very Good

A major step forward, but also some set backs

posted by Sean101 (HUDSONVILLE, MI) Jul 25, 2010

Member since Oct 2006

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

EA Sports NCAA 11 is a huge improvement for the series, and as always EA is always evolving the game play to stay on top of its game. The graphics, as expected, are crisp and clean and look quite realistic in the photo mode option. The unique entrances each team has adds a great sense of pride and realism to the game that had been needed for a while. The football players are more animated, and players act more as they would in real life, attempting to make that big hit however possible or avoiding it. I also enjoy seeing the team celebrate after every victory personally, not just the championship games.

However, there are several flaws. For us gamefly users, you have to purchase online abilities to partake in the Season Showdown, which I thought was a brilliant addition to NCAA 10. I also find it frustrating that players would seemingly run into each other, be it wide outs or a wide receiver running into a linebacker, and be stuck there for a split second; just enough time to allow the pass to fall incomplete. If you are playing in a zone, and the QB is just standing there, your DE will seemingly just stare at him and not go after the hit.

Commentators are nice, but can't seem to keep up with the pace of the game, and only use side line reporter Erin Andrews to report injuries. She could be used for interesting facts for each team, but maybe next year. And perhaps the most disappointing thing is that while playing on the grid iron, the fans in the stands are still cardboard cut outs.

Overall a much needed improvements towards making the virtual football world become real; however, still a long shot to go. 8.5 overall game play, but a 7 because you need to purchase the game or purchase the ability to participate in Season Showdown.

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Simply the best

posted by laidback (TUCSON, AZ) Aug 2, 2010

Member since Mar 2010

11 out of 12 gamers (92%) found this review helpful

Dynasty mode is sooooooooooooooo much fun. I spend hours recruiting. You can take any slug university and turn it around in 3 seasons if you get yourself a bluechip QB.

The graphics are really nice. I was a bit surprised how much it blows away Madden. The motion of the players is the closest to the real thing I've ever seen in a game.

For those who don't care much to play online... let me just say, I love online play... I've had this game for almost 2 weeks and I haven't even bothered yet.

Play this game in the hardest mode possible ONLY! You'll get REALLY good realism out of it if you do. Easier modes are just that... EASY. The CPU is a bad mo fo when you set the AI up.

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Above Average

EA only the leader by default

posted by KnightEnvy (NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV) Jan 19, 2011

Member since Jan 2011

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

EA sports have been the leaders in sports games for years, but in the football category they did not do it by being the best game, they did it by ensuring there was no competition. This is not to say the game itself isn't good, but it has been years since I have seen a truly finished product, and this years NCAA is no different.

Graphically, you get what you have come to expect from EA Sports. Realistic movements that help gamers escape from the fact they are playing a video game and immerse themselves in a realistic gridiron match. For years this has been EA Sports' strong suit, and they show up yet again with a visual masterpiece.

Gameplay is only slightly behind graphics in excellence. Most of the time the reaction is what one would expect if watching a game. The struggles for extra yards, the juke moves, diving for extra yards or over a pile... they all look realistic. Of course, there is still room for improvement (can we say running through the back endzone wall not realistic?). Overall well done.

Where I find it lacking is the lackluster attempt at the extras they add on. Why is the same practice system still present, and why is it still so mediocre? The Road to Glory is only improved by a few extra voice over lines that get repetitive fast, and the week to week grind is boring. Statistically, the stat system really doesn't allow for failure at all, and to me is less than challenging. If EA really wants to create a true experience of the struggle to be the best, they they have to do much better than practice/randomized stat bump method each day (rinse wash repeat).

Lastly, games should be a finished product when they are released. 5 months later, there are still crashes after every third game or so, and even with the bugs, they still have multiple menus pitch added features for even more money. Fix your game before digging into us for more money.

To me this is a great series that is settling for less because there is no competition for them.

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