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  • Summary: Kick off the football season with NCAA Football 2005, a game that brings you closer to the players, stadiums, and atmosphere of college football. For the first time in the series, the game-day atmosphere directly affects players' on-field performance. Create mismatches with the new Match-Up Stick, and then celebrate big plays with new fan celebrations, like the Gator Chomp and the Texas Hook 'Em Horns. NCAA Football 2005 also features online tournaments, a deeper Dynasty mode, and a host of other gameplay enhancements. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
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  1. In addition to wedging the usual hundreds of teams, stadiums, and plays into the game, NCAA Football 2005 focuses on what makes college football special: the psychotic fans.
  2. In all, it felt like the players had a slightly lower center of gravity. This allows not only for a good running back to become extra shifty through better lateral movement (without even having to use the juke button), but it also gives defenders an extra punch to their hits. [July 2004, p.112]
  3. The option to equalize the stats of both teams in an online contest stands out as particularly brilliant. Not that most of it isn't already brilliant. Because it is. [Aug 2004, p.100]
  4. EA Sports has nailed everything fans love about the college football experience, making it equal to their flagship "Madden." So quit waiting -- it's time to hit the field.
  5. 90
    An ultra in-depth Dynasty Mode and online capabilities will keep you playing until NCAA 2006, or at least until the new Madden comes out.
  6. 85
    While NCAA Football 2005 could still use a bit of a graphical overhaul, and the running game still needs some help, the additions of Homefield Advantage and the Matchup Stick really add a lot to the game.
  7. 80
    Places its emphasis on subtle refinements over sweeping changes, which is what tends to happen when the gameplay is seasoned enough to already be considered a class act.

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  1. NickM.
    Dec 2, 2004
    10
    This game needs to have fantasy picks and owner's of teams. It needs to have an all-american team to where you get to pick the players for your team!!!!!!! Expand
  2. Ty
    Dec 27, 2004
    10
    Awesome.