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The Gaming Review - NCAA Football 14

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Game Platform: 
Xbox, PS3
Star Rating: 
9 out of 10

Spotlighting high schoolers…but not in the creepy, Disney way.

The Pitch: Pro Football? Bah, that’s for all you people living in fantasy (football) land. EA Sports is giving NCAA Football a big upgrade this year, so fans of college ball can finally get some of those good physics that Madden fans have had for the past few years.

What It Really Is: In almost every respect, NCAA Football ‘14 is the upgrade that ‘13 wasn’t. First and foremost is the implementation of the “infinity” physics engine that has run Madden so well lately. The fact that this wasn’t included in last year’s game was a lazy omission, but it’s present now, and gives players a shot of realism both on and off the ball. We’re all about gameplay, but the biggest appeal of NCAA over its turducken-loving counterpart is an unrivaled dynasty mode that you can only get from a game where scouting blue chips and building a program trumps your online multiplayer record. Specing coaches, managing talent, coordinating offenses, and winning National Championships are paramount. The only thing that’s missing is the option to send a sports car to the kid who runs a 4.4 40. Ready-Made Press Blurb:NCAA Football makes us long for our college days even more than we already do.”

Fun Fact: Since NCAA Football ‘14 hits shelves earlier than Madden 25 (next month), alleged-murderer and Florida Gator alum Aaron Hernandez has yet to be wiped entirely from the game, and a Skills achievement will unlock his player card from his Gator days, though you’ll now be rewarded with a playable version of Alex Smith instead. We’re sure Hernandez is heartbroken over this development.

Who It’s For: Just like in real life, you need to make a name for yourself in the NCAA before you can move onto the pros. NCAA Football ‘14 is definitely the game for future coaches and fans with too much time on their hands and too many stats in their head, but it really is one of the best games for wannabe coaches and managers who are looking for authenticity over arcade-style gameplay.


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