EA Sports keeps improving, this game is almost flawless. A must BUY!
Reason to play- Top of the line graphics, game mechanics sharper than last year. Road to Glory mode has been improved greatly and is enjoyable for once. Online Dynasties have been given even more freedom to customize things. An the single player dynasty mode is vastly improved. Things like customizing confrences and editing division names are just a few subtle changes that make the overall expierence better than the last years edition. The play on the field feels responsive and more realistic than previous efforts.
Reason not play- This is a minor complaint but all the menus in the game feel sluggish, even while playing offline and turning off the autosave functions. Their are still some "legacy issues" like defenders being magically gifted to jump 5 feet off the ground while running in the opposite direction of the ball but these issues have always been in all football games. Still it's frustrating and needs to be noted.
Overall this game is worth a BUY because it is significantly better than last years version with much more options in every game mode.
gamers (69%) found this review helpful
I bought this game brand new for 62 dollars, right away i could see all the graphical enhancements and the ESPN presentation was top notch, the 3D grass gave it a visual flourish, and all the additions they did to Road To Glory mode and you now being able to coach your team in Online Dynasty, I love the new tackling engine cause i am not feeling warped into a tackle. All in all this game is a definitely buy and it is worth the 62 bucks.
gamers (60%) found this review helpful
There isn't much change from '11 to '12; except for the revamped Road to Glory and the Coaching Carousel. Being able to alter conferences and BCS Bowl game tie-ins are cool too.
The problem is, a lot of the new features don't work quite yet, and we will need another patch soon.
Custom playbooks don't work, it's the chief complaint on the EA boards. There are other issues in Offline Dynasty; for instance the Televised games not registering so your Nationally Televised grade goes down every year, and sometimes it won't let you advance past week 15 (essentially killing the dynasty). Some other bugs persist, like using Supersim at your own risk; it can cause the system to freeze (It's used quite a bit as a Coordinator).
EA servers have been having problems, and it literally feels like I get booted from the server every 3 minutes. That's been a minor issue as well.
Ironman is cool for RTG; but you may just want to play DE or DT on defense, because the other team will never throw your direction and they get rid of the ball too fast when you are sent on blitzes. Also the recruiting process for it is a lot more involved. I like that change quite a bit. You pick 3 teams you want to go to. Then after every week you get additional offers from other schools that you can add to your interest list, and then you have to meet the scholarship requirement to sign with them. Requirement isn't that tough; unless you play as a DB.
All in all, it's another NCAA football game with another facelift, without much really adding to the actual gameplay. Coaching Carousel Is a much needed addition to Dynasty, but it doesn't add much to keeping Dynasty fresh.
It's a 7 now because of the game crashing bugs; and the bugs that devalue staple game modes like Dynasty.