NCAA Football 2009
BEST NCAA GAME YET
To start with, the graphics are amazing! It actually feels like you're in the game in real life. It is just so realistic. Now I'm a big fan of the campus legend mode in the NCAA games, but this year it was kind of a let down. It's still great, but there are no bowl games or BCS championships. And sometimes if you get the chance to go to one of the top schools in the nation, most likely, you're going to be sixth or even seventh string and won't get to play a single play. However, there are new things added this year such as high school playoffs. That means that there aren't tryouts. You MAKE your own player and play in high school playoffs in whatever position you want to be to impress scouts in the stadium. Aside from that the game also includes mini games like bowling and tug - of - war, but football style. Plus, as a bonus, the game finally has an online dynasty! Believe me when you get this game you will not be able to stop, that is, if you play as the totally awesome USC Trojans. YEAH!!!!!
On a scale of 1-10 it's a 9.5!!!!
I have been a fan of this franchise since the beginning and I am so glad they got this game correct on a next gen platform. This game is a great challenge. I'm currently playing in dynasty mode with LSU, and I only have it on the varsity level and the AI is giving me a heck of a game every time. I am someone who's been playing games like this for years and when it comes to the college game I always put it on Heisman and never have trouble. Not with this game. It's going to take some mastering to get to that level. I could not be happier with this product. The graphics on my HDTV are simply stunning! I can actually see individual blades of grass on the close up shots. The sounds is incredible! The only thing I need to get used to is the controls. Having played this game on the PS2 for years the controls are somewhat different and they will take some getting used to. Other than that this game is perfect! If you haven't bought it yet go get it right now! You won't regret it.
Big Improvement...But Still Lacking
The main reason I bought a PS3 a year ago was to play NCAA Football 08. The EA NCAA Football franchise has been a series I play every year. While the 08 version of the game was very disappointing (I would rather play the PS2 version on my PS3), the 09 version is much improved. First, the overall game play is much improved. The controls are better and the player animations are much more fluid. The player models are also improved over last year. Also improved is the new feature of custom stadium sounds. For the true and complete college football fan, nothing is better than scoring a touchdown on a 80 yard pass to win the game as time expires and hearing your team's accurate fight song playing in the background. But there are still a few things I feel are missing from a college football game. First of all, where are the pre-game entrances? One of the most celebrated and exciting moments while attending a college football game is the pre-game entrance. Maybe instead of the heralded mascot-games, the developers could have focused on pre-game entrances. While the 09 version is missing a few things to make it the best college football game ever, it is still a step in the right direction. With the developers improving the gameplay this year, maybe next year's version can focus on the presentation.
Remember 08? I don't after this!!!
Haha, remember how "cool" NCAA 08 was? The glitches, the rough slowwww gameplay? Ring any bells? Well NCAA 09 doesn't. Ever want a football game where you can run w/o interference form a glitch by EA? Or throw a pass and after it's batted several times your receiver won't give up on it? Well then buy this game! I'm telling you I play as the Illini, the team is exactly like the real one. The o-line isn't that good, but that's when your handy-dandy Juice Williams comes in! Also teams like Ohio St, Michigan, USC, WVU all of those basically have the real players! A big improvement I'd say is the return game. I love this game about it, for one they added "Field Goal Blonk RETURN" where your punt returner will go back and see if he can catch the FG, like Devon Hester does. But back to the special teams, you actually can return kicks on this game, WITHOUT reversing field 7 times lol. Just find the seam then your done! After playing 08 then to this one I never want 08 to be in my PS3 again. Might as well just return it now and get enough to go buy me a monster and sandwhich and sit on my tush and do the ONLINE DYNASTY! Sum it up=If you have the money buy it, best money i've spent in a while
Not quite right!
NCAA 09 is good and there are many improvements from last year. I am enjoying the game a lot, however, there are a few little things I was disappointed with. The running animations still look awkward. Why can't the players actually extend there legs while running? Their knees are still half bent while sprinting downfield. Lighting effects were to be improved, but no matter the time of day the light never changes on the field while the game progresses. Last years game had this, where the sun would begin to fall as the afternoon turned to late afternoon into the evening. Now you have a 3:30 p.m. game and the sun never shifts. Your players step in the snow and no tracks. This adds to the realism of the game. Why you would have this one year and not the next is beyond me. I guess this can only be accomplished on Madden. And why do you have to re-adjust the depth chart from game to game. I set it once and save then sure enough when my next game comes up I have to re-configure my line up again. Please add Division 1 AA (FCS) as well. It is a shame we have to wait another year for things that should be included. I do enjoy the series, but this is frustrating. I really thought this iteration had a lot of promise.
Rennie Curran for Heisman
I loved this game last year, but we need to be able to high step to show up our oponents. I can't understand why this got left out. Also whats up with the no All-time teams? I apreciate the amount of work it takes to make this game every year, but to me, this IS the game I wait all year long for. I know there are others who feel the same, and EA needs to hear our wants and needs and not Madden out on us. I was a little worried about the translation to the next gen, but I was really happy with last year's edition, but there were some players, UGA's(Freshman All-America First Team will LB Rennie Curran#35) left out of the game. There is some room for improvement, but I know if it is tweaked and not changed, it will continue to be THE premiere title for the truly rabid NCAA football fans. How about some love for the defense on the cover next year? (Should've been Dorsey from LSU this year).
NICE IMPROVEMENT but,
Why are the players QB #5 instead of Reesing, where is pre-game entertances, and where is Kansas' mascot? Why can't you play as a divison 2 team but, very clear, and good competion. Awesome mini-games(I love bowling! ) Clear jerseys and nice stadiums. It is fun flipping over people mascot games. Dynsaty rocks and so does online. MY FAV GAME BY FAR. I like doing conference and winning award match-ups. Matt Ryan DOES not deserve going on the cover. 99.9% of this game rocks. Mascot games rock! Kansas State is very good at mascot games. I beat All-American #6 LSU 31-0 with them. My favorite game to do is ECU vs. Marshall. I also like KU vs. Kansas State. Plays are very good. My favorite is circus (a hail mary play).It is fun playing in snow or rain. 5 out of 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A great game, good job EA
This game without a doubt is a drastic improvement from last year's game. The players run much better, the controls feel more real, and competition is much improved. The AI for the computer is unreal, the defensive ends, and tackles peel off and cover screen plays, safeties change coverage sometimes mid play if they notice a tendency, and linebackers (good ones) don't fall for the same play fake, or reverse to often. I feel the game is the best that has been released on the new generation football wise. The few things missing (like others said) are the team entrances, refs appearing during plays before penalties, Heisman trophy and championship celebrations and some smaller divisions. This game is 1000 times better than last years, and last years was 100 times better than madden, I hope madden at least makes some improvements.
The game is fun and challenging but I do wish they had QB vision like Madden does. I also would like to have it a little less choppy. I don't know how Madden does it but they should look into it. It's a great filler game until the new Madden comes out. I wish they could get all of the players names so you'd be able to reference every player to who they really are.... I know they can't, but that's just something that has always bugged me about NCAA but that's all good. You get used to it. Dynasty is amazing and so is the Superstar mode. They are both very impressive and fun. You could play this game forever and not get bored. I really like how the computer is very smart on heisman level and tough. Kick returns are a bit easy to return or defend but it is college so that is how it is in real life I understand.
LETS GO BADGERS
Ok, so I'll admit, I was hoping that maybe by the beginning of the 4th quarter, the stadium would be shaking because Camp Randall would be shaking from "Jump Around." Well, obviously that would be way too intense and so it doesn't happen. However, this game is still nearly perfect and would score 10s in ever category. Honestly, the college atmosphere has taken strides to improve since the 08 and the tackles and running never felt so real. The Defense is so realistic and really makes you think, and the offense is a lot more than just pitching a sweep or throwing a Hail Merry. A lot more of interceptions will occur if you decide you want to risk it all in crunch time or to get that 2 possession lead. I'm not a Madden fan because NCAA is the real deal. Buy this game if you want football to start early.