NCAA Football 13: The Greatest Show On Digital Turf?

Released by EA Sports on July 10th, NCAA Football 13 hosts a number of improvements that make it a must-buy. It may be a little more difficult, but the extra challenge just improves the experience of building up your school. With some improvements that have been requested by fans, and others to make the on-field experience better, this installment is a welcome addition to my lineup of PlayStation 3 titles.

In-Game Mechanics

This year’s NCAA Football has come with a number of improvements to the core of the game, the most notable being improvements on the interaction between your college athletes. Blockers block more realistically, defensive linemen can shed blocks unexpectedly, and wide receivers don’t stick to each other (or DBs) any longer! What your star quarterback is doing when he throws the ball effects it’s accuracy, and the receiver won’t even catch the ball if he can’t see it. These are excellent, common sense, improvements that make the game both tougher and more realistic.

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The Environment

The crisp contrast of the uniform colors and the realistic looking players are a nice touch that will be noticed more often than not. However, what I noticed during my first home game as the one-star Eastern Michigan University Eagles was that there was nobody in the stands. I like the realism this brings: empty stands, quiet crowd, and reduced home-field advantage. I like the fact that when I start out as a bad team with attendance problems, I ACTUALLY have attendance problems that are noticeable enough to impact the on-field experience.

ESPN Additions

The New ESPN tickers and game interruptions give the dynasty mode a more authentic experience that helps the atmosphere of your season. This feature is a nice addition that expands on ESPN’s commentary roles in previous games. The only issue with this is that it’s overused because it is even used in games which aren’t televised.

New Features!

The most notable additions are scouting and the improvement of recruiting in Dynasty Mode. This makes the re-building of your favorite Mid-Major University much easier, harder, and authentic. The best improvement to this system is the ability of pitches to change grades during the season, making recruiting a much more flexible art rather than a science. In the Road To Glory, you can finally play a more authentic High School schedule before launching your college football career, and you can even make authentic High School teams using Team Builder 13.

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Issues

Like all videogames this one is also imperfect, but I only have a few of issues with it. The first issue is the amount of load time it takes to do anything in the game. Siming Weeks, advancing weeks, browsing the in-game menus, and loading my game against UMass all take too long. Sometimes, I even wonder if my PlayStation 3 has frozen, and is not actually loading my videogame. The second issue is lag, which seems to creep into the ESPN Game Breaks, and into random parts of the game. And, finally, when I am about to start my game at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) for some reason it keeps telling me I am at a generically named stadium in Amherst when I know for a fact that I am actually in Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

EA Sports’ NCAA Football 13 is the best installment of the franchise. While it still has its issues, like all games do, it is a great improvement on previous installments of the game. Football players are taking the subscription of the Pokemon go accounts to refresh their childhood memories. The playing of the games will be comfortable at the account for new players.

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