Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 0 out of 29
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  1. It is pretty rare that I recommend an upgrade for owners of the previous season's game. But NCAA Football 11 warrants an upgrade.
  2. There are enough improvements in NCAA Football 11 to make it a worthwhile purchase for any college football fan, especially those who wear their respective school colors even during the off-season.
  3. NCAA has its flaws, but with improved on-the-field action, recruiting, and presentation (including the option to generate custom stories on your Dynasty), for the first time in years I feel like I'm getting the college experience.
  4. I think that EA Sports has exceeded in their efforts to bring a solid NCAA Football game to football fans. This is the first NCAA Football game that I can safely say gets close to or is on par with Madden NFL.
  5. NCAA Football 11 is a great game of football, it has some shortcomings, but those are overshadowed by an all around excellent football game that I found to be one of the best the series has put out on this generation of consoles.
  6. 90
    NCAA has managed to satiate a lot of different palettes, while expanding outside of the confines of the console to provide a potentially richer experience for gamers who choose to take advantage of the new online features.
  7. 90
    The gameplay is incredibly responsive -- the addition of locomotion really makes the game feel more authentic and less arcadey like it has in the past.
  8. Even with our small list of complaints – add sluggish menus and lack of meaningful updates to Road To Glory and TeamBuilder to them – NCAA Football 11 is a triumph. It's the best college football game we've ever played, offering a tremendous experience to gridiron fans.
  9. The gameplay has a more realistic and authentic feel; and this year's new features will satisfy not only the hardcore NCAA football fan but the casual ones as well.
  10. Hardcore Road to Glory fans may not agree with my final statement, but NCAA Football 11 is the best game in the current generation series and is definitely a solid and important improvement on its predecessor. What EA Tiburon/EA Canada have accomplished deserves all the praise I can give.
  11. It seems the NCAA Football franchise has finally found its identity, and the end product is extremely impressive.
  12. Probably the best entry in the series in the last five years. All the changes made to the way the game is played are big improvements, and even though it can be a bit too easy at times, NCAA Football 11 is still incredibly fun.
  13. NCAA Football 11 makes a number of big improvements to the way the game plays that makes this one worth checking out if you've been unsatisfied with the lack of improvements over the past few years.
  14. Even with some missed opportunities for growth, particularly in the Road to Glory mode, NCAA Football 11 is still easy to recommend to college football fans, and sports fans in general.
  15. 85
    The complete, $60 package of NCAA Football 11 is the best that the series has produced in some time.
  16. NCAA Football 11 brings substantial improvements to core gameplay and presentation but lacks in improvements and additions to game modes. While it isn't without its issues, it is undoubtedly the best NCAA Football game to date.
  17. While in some ways little brother has finally come of age, it still has nagging immaturity issues at times. While there are no new modes, the tweaks to the existing ones are all for the better, and the new running controls are so precise and lifelike that we hope big brother Madden takes the hint.
  18. Overall, NCAA Football 11 is a fantastic title. A lot of improvements have been made for this year's version and it shows.
  19. 85
    The game will certainly not blow you away by any means, but if you dive in year in and year out you won't be disappointed. I can only hope Madden is this improved because that means that I am in for a great year of virtual football.
  20. Official Xbox Magazine
    We're guessing may of these issues will be sorted out by 2012, but for now, this year's version offers the most technical and comprehensive college-football experience yet. [Oct 2010, p.74]
  21. Despite the relative lack of new content, the one new feature, Dynasty Online, will keep you coming back for more.
  22. 83
    While it's certainly not a perfect game, NCAA Football 11 is a great template for EA's future football offerings to build upon.
  23. You want depth, well this year you have two huge game play options that will take you deep into 2011.
  24. It is as streamlined and pretty as its older brother, plays just as well, and still gives you that unique college ball experience. NCAA Football 11 will not be riding the bench this year.
  25. There's still room for improvement, but for the first time in I can recall, I actually feel like I'm playing a college football game and not just Madden: NCAA Edition.
  26. NCAA Football 2011 is slowly creeping into elite sports game territory.
  27. A host of gameplay tweaks counterbalance some neglected modes in the latest iteration of EA Sports' college football sim.
  28. Frequent out-of-game loading times and occasionally (but not often) repeated announcer commentary are the drawbacks, but everything else is as solid and refined as you expect from a major EA Sports title.
  29. There are so many things to love about this game. The unpredictable yet vastly improved gameplay, the slider adjustments that actually work (set the quarterback accuracy to zero in practice mode to see what I mean), the AI playcalling, the new recruiting model, the online dynasty tools, and so on; if all you want to do is play the occasional game with a buddy or play one season with your favorite team, or just relax against the AI and play exhibition games after work then NCAA 11 is an absolute must buy. However, if Dynasty Mode is your thing you are better off either waiting and hoping EA Sports patches the game or simply saving your money for next year.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 71
  2. Negative: 15 out of 71
  1. Sep 22, 2010
    In my opinion (and just my opinion) both madden and NCAA r simply tuning out of ideas and i would think that fans would start loosingIn my opinion (and just my opinion) both madden and NCAA r simply tuning out of ideas and i would think that fans would start loosing interest. But that doesn't seem to be the case. Witch is fine i mean as long as it sells who am i to complain. But each new year they're just going to be producing the same game over and over again witch is y i stoped buying football games a long time ago. Yet that being said, there are still football fans that love playing those games so i don't think they'll stop making the games any time soon. Full Review »
  2. Jan 19, 2014
    I picked up a copy of this for a dollar and want my money back! Many features are tied to EA servers that are no longer accessible (F U EA) soI picked up a copy of this for a dollar and want my money back! Many features are tied to EA servers that are no longer accessible (F U EA) so what you are left with is a game with fewer features than early PS2 NCAA football games. What still does work is a game where everything feels predetermined. The higher ranked team is given a landslide advantage, coach's challenges have never worked for anyone (even when replay shows without a doubt it was the wrong call), and recruiting is just a lot of unenjoyable busy work that does not seem to respond at all to how your season is going. EA has fooled people and/or bribed reviewers and/or broken them by being the only game in town- shameful. Full Review »
  3. Jan 6, 2014
    I merely bought this game to complete my collection of NCAA games. Little did I know I would be getting one of my favorite NCAA games yet.I merely bought this game to complete my collection of NCAA games. Little did I know I would be getting one of my favorite NCAA games yet. It's a nice transition between NCAA 10 and NCAA 12. It features quality features from both eras of the franchise. Although a lot is unplayable now because EA decided to shutdown their servers, it is still a very enjoyable game. Full Review »