NCAA Football 06 Xbox


Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
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  1. 100
    If you're a college football fan, NCAA Football 06 is the game you've been waiting for your whole life. It might even be the best football game ever made, professional or collegiate, which, given the competition for the title, is really saying something.
  2. The complete package - high replay value, amazing graphics, and more realistic gameplay make this a superstar hit.
  3. Playing with the Xbox controller is just as responsive and tight as the PS2 one. The gameplay in this is extremely tight, and the game overall goes by with more speed emphasized.
  4. 95
    This year's installment features overachieving impact players who are highlighted on the field during games, your very own dorm room (where you can check your stats, store your trophies, etc…), and revamped training games that are addictive as beer nuts.
  5. As a whole, the Race for the Heisman mode is a welcomed addition to an already superb game.
  6. As solid as a football game gets in this generation.
  7. It's a feature-rich game backed by solid gameplay that will keep you playing long after bowl season has ended.
  8. The AI in the game has been greatly improved over last year. People who like to run the same few plays over and over will need to learn to change their game, or they will get left behind.
  9. I would like to see the defensive side of the ball get the ability to go after thrown balls more aggressively, but it's pretty well balanced overall.
  10. 92
    Vast improvements have been made to tighten up the gameplay in all the areas it needed most, and the results make this the most accessible and fun football game I've ever played; and I've played them all.
  11. Thankfully, EA has addressed my biggest complaint with last year's addition of NCAA: the visuals. Everything has been touched up. [Aug 2005, p.111]
  12. Official Xbox Magazine
    A truly fantastic college football game. [Aug 2005, p.88]
  13. There's no doubt that NCAA Football 06 lives up to the pre-release hype and keeps the dynasty going by staying on top and garnering yet another title as the best college football game around.
  14. Football fans have begged for more options and features and the newest NCAA Football 06 delivers!
  15. A great game, though not quite as good as those glory days of 2003 and 2004, when the series was simply amazing.
  16. The gameplay and replay value of this game is incredibly strong, and the control scheme and audio are icing on the cake.
  17. By far the best college football game to date.
  18. The game plays much better then last year's game, and overall ha[s] a great look and feel to it that most people are just going to love.
  19. With great new moves, excellent graphics, plenty of deep, exciting modes including a variety of mini-games, NCAA Football 06 comes highly recommended. If you passed on last year's game this is definitely the year to buy.
  20. There is an incredible amount of depth, replay value, and fun to be found on this one disc.
  21. DailyGame
    Forget that it's the only college football game for a minute and just bask in the glory of a well-executed title.
  22. GamePro
    The game successfuly builds on accomplishments of the series' earlier installments without becoming stale and outdated (thanks mostly to the awesome new play modes.) [Sept 2005, p.84]
  23. The quality of this year's edition is unparalleled, especially when it comes to the heaping amount of modes included (Race For the Heisman in itself is stellar) and the gameplay that EA Tiburon has been working on for years to perfect.
  24. The improved game balance and new features make NCAA Football 06 arguably the best in the series, as well as a game that's a must-have for college football fanatics.
  25. The game is a huge improvement over its predecessor... To put it to plain and simple words; NCAA Football 06 is the best game in the series.
  26. Game Informer
    A lot of fun to play, but it's more of a 12-yard run on first down instead of the 40-yard bomb down the field. [Aug 2005, p.96]
  27. 85
    A few in-game glitches and some questionable exploits slow down the game's momentum and keep it from becoming the true football fanatic's obsession.
  28. netjak
    If this is the way EA is going to approach the development of their sports games, then perhaps the next college football game they release should be "NCAA Football 08." At least it would save me $50.
  29. It's silly to think that a team like USC, with so many returning stars, would have the same number of impact players as Cal. Instead of picking a lucky number and binding every team to it, the designers should have bound the number of impact players to some transitional stat, like returning upper-classmen.
  30. If you are a casual gamer who can wait for Madden you should probably just wait.
  31. There's nothing revolutionary here, and nothing that advances the genre, but this is the best NCAA yet.
  32. While the inclusion of the Race for the Heisman mode was an incredibly ambitious move, along with some of the other tweaks made to the game, NCAA Football 06 manages to carry them off rather well.
  33. NCAA 06 only sees release in the US, which is unfortunate because it is arguably the best gridiron experience on offer gameplay wise - the game feels alive and completely random, and while this can at times become a negative for realism sake, it still makes for some truly awesome gameplay.
  34. The most fun comes in the game's "Race for the Heisman," an all-new game mode separate from, but similar to, "Dynasty."
  35. 80
    NCAA Football 06's refined approach seems to cater most to the hardcore college football fan rather than the casual sports enthusiast.
  36. For Xbox owners, this version is especially enticing since the graphical bugs of NCAA Football 2005 are fixed. It's a bit disappointing, though, that the game feels like it's not living up to its potential.

Awards & Rankings

#39 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. MychalG.
    Apr 17, 2006
    Umm bad game play. Horrible controls. Announcers are quite annoying. Overall I hate it.
  2. George
    Dec 24, 2005
    The best football game I've ever played. The dynasty mode is awesome, and the Heisman race is very good as well. You don't have to The best football game I've ever played. The dynasty mode is awesome, and the Heisman race is very good as well. You don't have to be a college fan to enjoy this game, and the shorter seasons are more desireable than the longer ones of Madden. I would reccomend this game way before Madden. Much more enjoyable. Full Review »
  3. AnthonyT.
    Oct 31, 2005
    This games is the best game to get because you get the best features!!