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  • Summary: College football has never before felt more wide open than in NCAA Football 09. Gamers can experience the excitement of making big plays on the field, as they have the ability to directly control and influence the game through the all-new break away animation engine. With huge cut-back lanes, new tackling animations and wider blocking holes, NCAA Football 09 offers a host of offensive opportunities. NCAA Football 09 also brings the atmosphere, pageantry and tradition of college football to life. Through the redesigned stadiums, which reflect even more detail of each school’s individual playing field, to the dynamic sidelines filled with school colors, cheerleaders and mascots, players feel the excitement of college gameday. Players can gain Home Field Advantage as the intensity of the home crowd rises and rattles the composure of opposing teams. All 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools are represented in the game and players can even customize the in-game atmosphere with their own personal music collection. Off the field, NCAA Football 09 features its most robust Dynasty Mode yet, inviting fans to create and manage a perennial powerhouse program from landing blue-chip recruits to winning championships on the field. For the first time ever, Dynasty goes online with up to 12 competitors to recruit head-to-head, customize schedules and play for up to 60 seasons. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The series' best effort in years.
  2. Madden might have all the big time names and the star studded teams, but NCAA offers the simpler side of life where your school’s pride and colours is what you eat, sleep and dream about.
  3. Just the next game in a long line of great games. If you are content with the version you already have, then there isn't enough staggering new content to warrant an upgrade. However, this is the best game in the franchise to date, and I'm glad I made the switch.
  4. NCAA Football 09’s addition of the Online Dynasty mode unquestionably saved this game from mediocrity.
  5. It’s disappointing that some of the sticking points from last year’s game haven’t been addressed. Yet, if only for the option to download updated rosters and take their dynasty online, we recommend upgrading to this year’s game for the hardcore college pigskin fan.
  6. Final Thoughts: "NCAA Football '09" could use some graphical polish and the AI isn't dazzling, but the game remains an entertaining time overall and the online dynasty mode should keep fans busy for the Winter months.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. FredGlow
    Nov 18, 2008
    Comopared to Madden NFL 08, this games is a dream. The AI is great. The stadium layouts and mascot are great. Being able to call extended audibles with the right stick is innovative. I also like the college superstar mode, which is far superior to the NFL game.. Best of all is the ability to pitch with QB option. What a difference to Madden, which is nearly impossible to play. Expand
  2. GoDeepR.
    Jul 18, 2008
    Better animation, a little easier to pass, more options, the ability to put custom music in is fun. More broken tackles and the players fall forward more like they do in real life. The extra cheerleader animations and mascots are fun, but the crowd is still generic and the duplicate players and people on the sidelines just staring straight ahead all of the time takes away from the atmosphere. The game seems more fun so far. Expand
  3. Oct 16, 2010
    I abloulotley love this game. It has all the features i want in a game and it exacutetes them all perfectley. The mode I love the most is the campus Legend mode. Expand
  4. VernonDozier
    Jul 17, 2008
    This is 2008 and we expect more than the same old klunky football with numerous bugs and problems. CPU can't run and never throws long; special teams is busted; roster crashes; no defense at all (last person with the ball wins); no DL pressure (even when blitzing 8); superhuman QB's routinely complete 80-90% of their passes; sliders don't do anything and there is talk that some are reversed; and I could go on and on. Poor effort EA! If you want a good playing game out of the box try APF2K8. It only got average reviews because they don't have the almighty license that EA has. Expand
  5. GregHamel
    Jul 17, 2008
    This game has just been getting minor improvements for years now, and 09 is no exception. Its not that good of a game anymore, its time for a serious overhaul. Plus you throw in the fact that the game is loaded with bugs this year and you have a game that can be passed on. Very underwhelming overall. The gameplay is better with some new animations, but there are so many annoying quirks that ruin it, players will run out of bounds even when they are wide open and running for a TD, linebackers will turn and run in the opposite direction of the ballcarrier, cornerbacks will hesitate and stand straight up to allow an offensive player to make a play, D-linemen are useless and will be wiped out by the worst o-lines in football. All of these are due to EA's attempt to make the gameplay more wide-open. Essentially all they did was make the AI defense absolutely retarded. Plus there is a roster bug where entire teams will literally disappear. Seriously. Again this game is so dated now, and the bugs/glitches this year just ruin it. Expand
  6. JohnB.
    Jul 25, 2008
    I love the NCAA Football series. I've long preferred it to Madden. I love the atmosphere, the game to game pressure to win, the option offenses, all that. That's why this version of the game is such a monumental disappointment.

    The game's problem's are pretty much isolated to its gameplay, but what a variety of problems there are. CPU passing is ridiculous; the CPU never, ever passes deep. Instead, the CPU will kill you with non-stop 8-12 yard passes that it completes with remarkable accuracy. I found that even QBs with ratings in the high 70s with the QB accuracy sliders reduced significantly would still easily complete 70-80% of their passes. Generating a pass rush is damn near impossible. Neither the player nor the CPU can seem to generate a half-decent pass rush with the d-line alone, and blitzes almost never work.

    If you do manage to get a stop and force a punt, there's hope: punt returns are ridiculously easy in this game. While coverage usually runs me down before I score, I was routinely returning punts 30-40 yards without much trouble. For that matter, most kickoff returns result in great field position as well: I think out of all the kickoff returns I've had so far (CPU and me combined) only one has been stopped at the 25 or less.

    Defensive pursuit routes on goal line plays can be laughable, whether it's the CPU or the player. It's truly aggravating to see cornerbacks backing into coverage when a scrambling QB is 3 yards away from them.

    Lastly, the CPU running game sucks. While the CPU will occasionally break a long run, for the most part rushes are easily stopped for gains of 1-2 yards. Not that this matters much with the quality of the CPU passing attack.

    All in all, it's embarrassing that this game shipped with so many obvious gameplay issues. I can only hope that some or most will be patched.
  7. ajjay
    Aug 2, 2008
    This could have been a great game, had EA bothered to put it through QC testing. The graphics are very, very nice looking. However, this years edition has more bugs than ever, and that's saying something. Major things are broken. Tacklers should actually try to tackle the ball carrier, right? Not in this game -- they run away! The sliders don't work, and the CPU QBs never throw a bad pass. Is EA capable of putting out a single game that doesn't need multiple patches to run properly? Expand

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