Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings
SammyN.Aug 30, 2006It's good - not great - but it's definitely fun despite its inherent issues. I've been playing it almost non-stop for a couple weeks now, and I've got a list of gripes that need to be addressed by EA prior to the next iteration of the series... a) Brad Nessler's hands: why oh why would they put such a half-assed rendering of those awful non-human looking hands in full view, especially when Brad's face is a decent likeness? C'mon EA, it looks like you scrambled to put the GameDay folks in at the last minute. b) Catastrophic Injuries: apparently the folks at EA like the phrase, "when it rains, it pours". Case in point? Look at the injuries. Is it any coincidence that my top three impact players have been injured in the same game multiple times? These are strong, healthy dudes - and yet they all mysteriously get an 8 week+ injury in the same game? Might it be that two of them are leading the Heisman list by a mile? I know injuries are part of the game, but don't make it quite so catastrophic. What's next, a meteorite comes down in the last week and injures my entire squad just before the championship? c) Fublitis: Okay, so what do you expect from a 94 OVR running back with 94 Carry ability? 3, 4, maybe 5 fumbles IN A ROW in a game? This doesn't even require the highest or next to highest difficulty setting to occur. Momentum bar? Firmly on my team's side. It doesn't matter if the HB is composed or not, the computer just decides to take him down a peg, or maybe 5 pegs. It's ridiculous. It's more of the 'rains it pours' mentality that just isn't realistic. d) Personal Fouls: how many freaking Unsportsman Like Conduct calls must I receive? Even with it turned down to 0%, I still get several a game. It's so ridiculous. I stop a team on 4th down, but I do a couple push-ups (stupid, I don't like that evey play deserves some pompous celebration) and then I get a flag thrown and give the other team a first down. Who thought this one up? Ooohhh, let's have players celebrate over the most minor achievements, like running for 2 yards. Then we'll have the most anal refs in the NCAA penalize their asses every stinking time! Sweet! If it's in the game, it's in the game! Come on EA - you know that the least popular aspect of sports is the ULC call, considering that most folks enjoy a (tasteful) touchdown boogie or celebration. Those penalties are not especially popular with most fans, so don't you think you could ease up on them a little? At least so I don't get 4-5 such calls a game, even when I'm not choosing to use the oh-so-cool celebration-selector? Heck, a guy just pumps his fist in the air in joy, and you throw a flag. How realistic is that, anyway? Oh, and while you're at it, review what such calls like "pass interference" mean, and the refs will seem much more realistic. All that said, the game is fun. It really is a wonderful football game, and despite my gripes, I still can't quit playing it. Campus Ledgend mode's tests and juggling of activities gets a little tedious, but it's just too easy to make a superstar and succeed. Even with sub-par teams overall. Passing is improved, and overall, I'd recommend the game. Just make sure that you have a) a lot of patience for computer-scheduled injuries and fumbles/interceptions and b) you don't mind seeing some awfully glitchy animations of Brad Nessler's hands and some players that chat with thin air after the game concludes.… Full Review »
TimothyP.Aug 1, 2006Best NCAA yet Kudos EA!
JimA.Jul 26, 2006Great game. Improved running game. Much improved passing game. The information windows for audibles, hot routes, etc is very helpful. Really fun to play. I like that EA doesn't try to re-invent the game every year. They take an already great game and make it even better. Enough is new to keep it fresh. Enough has been around before to allow the game to be stable. Best football game I've ever played.… Full Review »