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  • Summary: NCAA Football 12 is the next iteration in EA's NCAA Football series.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jul 8, 2011
    90
    NCAA 12 is better than NCAA 11, and yet I feel like we've come to the point in the series' lifecycle where the changes – while all worthwhile – are getting harder to notice.
  2. Jul 11, 2011
    90
    It ain't perfect – and we're more convinced than ever that perfection in an HD sports game is an impossibility – but it is another soaring triumph that has something for just about everyone.
  3. Aug 14, 2011
    90
    A great installment that any college football fan will enjoy (and has probably put hundreds of hours into already). With a good group of friends for an online dynasty this game won't leave your PS3's disc tray anytime soon.
  4. Jul 11, 2011
    85
    The gameplay is the sweetness fans expect, but it's largely unchanged. That's not a knock -- you don't need to reinvent the wheel every year -- but it does keep NCAA Football 12 from feeling like a groundbreaking experience. Instead, it's more like a special edition of NCAA Football 11, which I'm more than happy to play for hours and hours.
  5. Jul 14, 2011
    83
    Easily the best way to enjoy NCAA Football 12 comes from Road to Glory mode, where your player can go from high school to senior year, all the while earning every step of the way through in-game accomplishments.
  6. Jul 14, 2011
    75
    For the litany of improvements, the feeling that EA Tiburon has stopped taking any chances with the franchise is inescapable. After six years on the current generation of consoles, it's time to take a risk and give football fans something new to get excited about. As it stands, NCAA Football is in the very unusual position of being both the best-in-class football game, and a total underachiever.
  7. Jul 12, 2011
    60
    It's a decent football sim thanks to its excellent Dynasty Mode; and the new tackling physics, custom playbooks, and other features are sorely needed additions. But we're deep into this generation, and expectations have been raised for sports games (and pretty much everything else). So why does it feel like I'm playing a game that should have come out in 2008?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. Jul 16, 2011
    9
    The best ncaa to date hands down.Online dynasty is awesome and road to glory improved with a full year of high school play. Graphics improved and gameplay as well.Overall pretty on point....There is still room for improvement though that why score not a 10.... Expand
  2. Oct 14, 2011
    8
    Definitely a fun and addicting to the NCAA franchise. The Road to Glory mode is awesome, but has some minor glitches that can add to some frustration. Dynasty mode is pretty solid and offers a great experience to expanding your school. There were some noticeable additions to animations and the tackling is way better than previous games.
    The biggest 'Con' in this game is the Safeties and Corners seem to be able to warp through receivers to make a tackle, defection or interception. Hopefully that will get patched or fixed by the next installation in the series.
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  3. Aug 13, 2011
    7
    NCAA Football is a good game, nothing great but good. The Graphics is excellent. Game-play is fun but it does get boring after awhile. Road to Glory is probably the best feature in the game. But it gets way to repetitive after awhile. You go up the ranks, Practice, Play Regular Season Game, Conference Championship, Bowl game, then repeat. The Upgrade System is impressive but not a challenge to fully upgrade yourself. Also, the game has a feature where you could upload your player stats to a EA website to show the world your skills. At the end of the day, I recommend NCAA Football 12 to College Football Fans that wanna show there colors and pride or fans of the NCAA Football Franchise cause this is the best NCAA Football to date. But for anyone that likes sport games, but never played a NCAA Football Game, play the demo to give you the final say. So I give NCAA Football 12 a "7". Expand
  4. Jul 12, 2011
    7
    I kept hearing how the graphics were "new & improved" for this version of NCAA football, but after playing it I'm wondering where the improvements were made. Playing in Pittsburgh on a rainy day the field looked straight out of the 90's. Every white athlete on the field had a skin tone akin to the vampires from the Twilight series. It's not all bad though, the gameplay does seem to be improved over last year, and the new tackling system is a good as advertised. The computer still tends to cheat, even on Varsity, which is as annoying as ever. Expand
  5. Dec 6, 2011
    6
    first off the graphics do not look as good on the ps3 as it does on the xbox 360 version, but you don't buy sports games primarily for their graphics anyways. The slow and steady gameplay tweaks of this version addresses a little bit of the problems of the past titles with modest results. EA Tiburon subtly added new things such as diving catches and less suction tackling which are good additions but does not do much in improving the overall gameplay since the artificial intelligence if you are playing on All-American or Heisman difficultly can be incredibly cheap. On the bright side this game is very fluid and fast compared to Madden 12. The online at times can be very cheap where people will spam powerful players or plays the whole game. The dynasty mode is fun if you can find people to play with but it is time consuming to have to try to recruit new players for like ten minutes every in-game week. This game is still very enjoyable but the sport of American Football does not lend itself to many changes and it is a bummer that the NCAA has the college players can't make money off of their name or school rule. Well enjoy the NCAA Football series while it lasts because it will probably be discontinued like NCAA Basketball some day. Expand
  6. Jul 16, 2011
    4
    Pros: 1.Feature rich 2.Custom playbooks 3. Improved oldl interactions 4.Challenging cpu opponents 5. coaching carousel.
    Cons: 1. Cheap cpu
    opponents. 2.Custom playbooks are clunky to put together. 3. Linebackers knock down passes with super human ability regularly. 4. Cpu often goes into robo qb mode. 5. Cpu defense knows your play. 6. Safeties and conerbacks warp through receivers to make interceptions regularly. 7.Ball physics are wonky. 8. Online kicking and playbook screens lag horribly. 9.Servers will kick you off at least once an hour. 10.Certain stats are not recorded properly example: pancake blocks, total tackles. 11. Injuries in online dynasty will not carry over week to week. 12. Ea website set up for online dynasty does not let you log in (attempted this well over a hundred times now all you get is an error screen and linked to a ea help forum, which at the moment has been ignored by support). 13.Custom playbooks disappear sometimes midgame leaving you with a blank playcalling screen. 14.Graphics are subpar compared to ncaa 11 Grass looks waterpainted, crowd looks like little bubbles. 15.Commentary is stale Crowd noise is poor. Conclusion: Cheap cpu AI does not make for a fun challenge. Kills all the immersion in my opinion. Its not to win but you are forced to play cheaply against the cpu. Online is full of the normal cheesers. I personally feel this is a huge step bck from last years game and gameplay wise possibly the worst in football game by EA in years. Full of unforgivible bugs and not able to use the online dynasty from a cpu due to login issues with the servers is unacceptable. With a patch to fix the bugs and servers the game would rate higher for me but that wouldnt change super human linebackers, physic defenders, warping players or cheap AI. Overall i wish id saved my money. Expand
  7. Oct 26, 2011
    0
    Save your money. The AI in this game has to be the worst in many, many years. Instead of correctly balancing the game, it uses a way of balancing that was used in the older NFL Blitz games. This was of course making absolutely absurd things happen just to make the score of the game closer. In NCAA football 2012 you can easily expect a team which has a higher rating than another to have at least one touchdown of 80+ yards. I have had situations in which more than 3 kick-offs were returned for touchdowns in the same game. This is just simply a case of very lazy development with a shiny box. With Madden out there is no reason to play this game. If you really desire the NCAA experience, buy an older version for 10 bucks. Expand

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