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The theme for NCAA Football 10 is simple: Play the game the way it's meant to be played. Whether it's an entirely new mode or a gameplay option that helps with defensive play, nearly every addition to EA's college football series feels like it's there to nudge you into becoming a better all-around player. For the most part, these new features work well--especially if you don't understand some of the intricacies of the sport--and they're executed in a way that preserves the depth that NCAA 10 offers the pros. But even for those people who already know where to move a linebacker in certain kinds of zone coverage or how to use setup plays, NCAA 10 offers some satisfying mechanics that enhance the already fundamentally sound gameplay. Perhaps the biggest indicator of NCAA Football's drive to reward good play is the Season Showdown mode that functions as both a self-contained mode, as well as a feature you can turn on in other modes, such as Dynasty. This mode rewards you with points in various categories for accomplishing feats during the course of a game. For example, you can earn two skill points for executing a user tackle (which means the computer didn't provide any assistance) or several points for successfully running a specifically designated setup play where you run the same play a few times before faking out the defense with something different. To put it simply, picture running the ball up the middle several times before selecting a play-action pass play that fakes out the linebackers and defensive backs. Likewise, you can also earn points for good sportsmanship, such as punting on a fourth down--again, going back to the "play the game the way it's meant to be played" idea--but you can lose sportsmanship points for trying to run up the score on an opponent. While you can't actually participate in Season Showdown-specific competitions with other players until the start of the real college football season, there are leaderboards in place that serve as ample incentive to rack up those points as often as possible. And despite the fact that Season Showdown is a little too quick to rob you of sportsmanship points (is throwing a 10-yard pass on third down with more than three minutes left that bad?), it's a fun addition that almost serves as more of a true test of skill than the typical achievements or trophies that are easily earned in simulated games.
A mode that might seem familiar to those who played last year's game is Road to Glory. Essentially, this is the Campus Legend mode from the previous game but with a new coat of paint, otherwise known as ESPN's popular field reporter, Erin Andrews. As you progress from your senior year in high school to your college career, in which you play a single position, Erin occasionally pops in with ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit to deliver some news about your career and some highlights. Unfortunately, the biggest problem with Road to Glory isn't that it's mostly just a retread of modes from years past, but rather, it's the fact that the new presentation elements just aren't that interesting--unless, of course, you have a shrine to Erin Andrews somewhere. On top of that, and much like last year, playing anything other than the QB position means you have to deal with some weird passing choices, not to mention terrible play calling that's out of your control.
I personally like the Road to Glory mode. I find it interesting to be in control of your own destiny. It's also fun to take a team that may not necessarily be a ranked or dominant BCS team year after year and try to take them to a national championship. It just gives a fun twist to the whole point of the game which is playing football.
If college football is your thing than this game is just what the doctor ordered. Improved over last season's version. Less cartoonish in many aspects. Momentum seems to be unseen on screen but felt alot in gameplay. Once the dominoes start to fall a change in gameplan most times seems the only way to stop the flood from breaking through the dam. From ball rips to untimely poor throws, from penalties to opponents seemingly playing inspired football, this is where it's at. The Gameplan feature at first glance seems irrelevant until you find yourself in the position where you have to really play conservative or aggressive ball to get back in the game or prevent it from getting out of hand. Even the recruiting isn't as easy as it was in 09. You even use negative recruiting ala Lane Kiffin. The only down aspect is when you manually put in players names they don't seem to be recognized by the game.
NCAA football 2010 is another year of the popular easports video gaming. This year has expanded their creativity of create a team, and you can do this right online, and transfer it to your game.
This is a great game to play. The graphics are outstanding! And the competition between players is intense.
Would highly recommended for the sports playing fans!
This year's edition of Ncaa Football 10 is by far the best football game out there in my opinion. When Madden 10 came out I wasnt sure if NCAA could beat it...but it did, by FAR. My favorite new feature [besides Erin Andrews :)] is the lock on player function where it zooms to the first person for any player you choose. You can choose a different player each turn to get a feel for what each player has to do throughout the game. Overall the only thing that EA could improve on is optional camera angles. In this game there is only one choice but when you go to the replays and such you can view from multiple angles. GREAT GAME PLAY EXPERIENCE 9 1/2 out of 10!
This game is almost the exact same as NCAA football 09, but that's not necessarily bad. 2010 did do better in some areas, such as the graphics. To me, the graphics were amazing and very lifelike. 2010 also has band formations before each game, not the most fun thing, but some of the formations are actually pretty cool. They also renamed the Campus Legend mode Road to Glory and you now have Erin Andrews covering your entire collegiate career.
Other than that, they're pretty similar games. Don't get me wrong, 2010 is lodes of fun and way better than Madden.
2010 NCAA has a brand new feel over 2009. They have updated several game play options allow for a more realistic feel. For example, on defense you can switch 180º to view from a defensive perspective. While this is difficult to adjust it can provide very realistic gameplay.
Also, there are new live options that allow you to accumulate points for your "home team".
As always there is the dynasty option. They have revamped the recruiting option.
one negative is EA has made it more difficult to switch defenders once the play has commenced. Also, the fonts are different on menu options which makes the game look dated.
Overall it is still a great game with only good things to come in 2011.
I've been playing NCAA football since the beginning and each year they get better and better. Graphics and sound are great as always and gameplay is smooth. As always a great variety of plays and formations. I only wish they could see the future when they write these games so the freshman and their jersey numbers would be correct but they do a good job with what they have to work with. All in all an excellent multi-player or single-player game.
I am using this game to set up players to be on the draft for the pro football game. I can make up players with friend's, realitive's or any name I want and then draft them in the pros. The game itself is just about as good as Madden's Football. Being an Ohio State Alumni, I enjoy playing the Big 10 teams against Ohio State and also playing USC and Texas against them. In all it is a very interesting and enjoyable couple of hours of playing football and in my opinion, it is a must in your library of games.