NCAA Football 14 video game reviewWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
NCAA Football 14 (Electronic Arts) – PlayStation 3 version
NCAA Football 14 feeds the football frenzy again with former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson on the game cover (fan voted). Players can learn and enjoy college football on multiple levels in several different ways as developers streamline the experience with faster loading times. This stalwart game improves again with expanded game modes and a new graphics/physics engine.
Game modes include the Ultimate Team mode elevates the nostalgic appeal by offering players over 2000 past players into the game including Bo Jackson (free), Tom Brady, Arian Foster, Barry Sanders, and Herschel Walker. Players in Ultimate Team can go head to head or battle the CPU in Solo Challenges plus buy and sell items in the Shop and Auction House (in-game currency are coins).
In the Dynasty mode, coaches now have several upgradeable skills and skill trees using experience points. The Road to Glory mode, which includes the Heisman Challenge, remains largely unchanged. This mode allows player creation and customization at a specific position.
Players looking for simpler and educational gameplay can try the 1-button, practice and mascot mash up game modes. Nike Skills Trainer serves as the tutorials for essential actions, which can get very complicated with new option packages. Players always have options to play the game as they like including the Play a Season mode that does not include the recruitment and other off-field activities.
The upgraded recruiting and game management skills activities are simpler and faster plus they are conveniently available through an iPhone, PC or iPad. The EA Locker feature allows remote roster sharing online through PlayStation Network (Xbox Live for Xbox 360 version).
The impressive new Infinity Engine 2 graphics and physics enhances the game even more and debuted in last year’s Madden NFL 13 game. The Force Impact System creates excellent moment including big hits, quick movements, and game changing events on offense and defense. This engine improves important movements like speed boosts, stumble recovery, running mechanics and impacts…even into your own player. Defenses can tackle low or high and the big hits are much more realistic…and jaw dropping. Players get over 30 new option types to spread the field even more.
A few glitches and clipping still exist, but are very minor like a kick returner still in motion (and not moving off camera) when moving back out of the end zone. Approximately 500 new vignettes add more excitement and visual variety though the menu music gets a bit too repetitive. The settings still include past feature items including Game Face import, Ice the Kicker, and Home Field Advantage.
Highlights can be automatically archived and are available in Play Now, online Head to Head, Mascot, Dynasty, online Dynasty, Road to Glory, and Heisman challenge. Online multiplayer modes include two versus two competitive and require a broadband Internet connection and PlayStation Network account. Local (not online) multi-player season play is not available.
Gameplay recording and upload (six total) lets players share the love of the game along with the now standard voice chat and messaging systems. Players can also make custom players and music soundtracks.
Developed by Tiburon and published by EA Sports, NCAA Football 14 wins the game with the expanded modes, new Infinity Engine 2, faster loading times, quicker recruitment process, and add-on content. Owners of previous NCAA Football version should pick this newest installment up for the new rosters, uniforms, stadiums and, most importantly, conference realignments, which are hard to replicate in previous versions (***1/2, rated E, also available on Xbox 360).
NCAA Football 14 also includes a $10 off coupon for merchandise on fanatics.com (no minimum order) and expanded features for players with Season Ticket. NCAA Football 14 will also be available on the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles later this year. Players’ real names and exact likenesses are not used in the game. Actual usage of a player’s real name would be in violation of the NCAA’s policy regarding student athletes.