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NCAA Football 2009 Review

Posted by Altered Confusion on August 4, 2008

NCAA College Football 09 comes at you with what makes the addictive for rabid sports fans the action and intensity of the sport. As you may have guessed this is the latest installation of College Football onto the console platform.

Right off the bat you get to choose your favorite team so that you can have your backgrounds plastered with pictures of that team, I just wish that you were able to control the fight song list that plays in the background as well. Actually there probably is a way but after searching for it for quite a while I have to say that they hid it well. You can added custom tracks (i.e. your own music into the game so that you can tune out the fight songs from all over the league).

EA has also kept in the mini-games and added the ability to play school mascot against school mascot. I find that quite entertaining as you see a sea of Aubies take on a sea of Ugas (Auburn v. University of Georgia).

The graphics look a bit crisper than the previous installation, and the players look a bit more unique from one another. There is still that way too scripted sideline reactions while playing, but I think most people will be happy to see the on field stuff over the off field stuff.

There are your different game modes for all types of fans. You have your exhibition mode, your dynasty mode (where you get to do recruiting, schedule building, and run the offense and defense), “College Super Star” mode (Basically you control one player, you only get to play the game when the player is on the field, if he’s not then you get to see the play by play of the game), and of course the online play (where you get to create tournaments and leagues and play against friends or against online opponents that happen to have the game).

I’m not really sure about the internet connectivity between platforms, I would think that there would be a good chance of playing someone from a different system, but you never know what the console owners have done behind the scenes with their code.

This installation also suffers from not really keeping track of late hits after a player has run out of bounds, and also after the quarterback gets hit. Its really a flip of a coin to get the roughing the passer called.

I would love to try to do a comparision between two college football games like there once were, but sadly EA is the powerhouse that has the control so this is it for those college football fanatics who not only love thier team but want to be there team, and maybe just maybe change the outcome of some of the games that were lost in the regular season. This game gets an 8.9 out of 10.

* update *

If you have a SD TV like myself you may see some distortions when it comes to routes as you play through the game, which I find quite annoying but if you know the play already or you know what you’re going to be doing that isn’t really the play then you’ll be in the same boat as me and you’ll ignore the lines for a couple of plays until they straighten out for a bit, and then later return to distortion.

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