Review: NCAA Football 13 Is A Must Have For College Football Fans (Xbox 360 and Playstation 3)

Another outstanding installment into the NCAA series.

 

If you know me I have been a long time college football fan, making every college game day a tradition like no other. Watching the Cal Bears run out of Memorial stadium on television or at the game has been a ritual on Saturdays and NCAA 13 enhances that. The franchise gets the college experience down to a tie and provides much more than a simple roster update.

Unknown ObjectThe NCAA football series has been one of the most consistent sports series on the market. Through the years the series has had many advancements, but until now the series has failed to accurately portray the passing game in the college football.

The different offense sets like the west coasts offense, Run and Shoot and the spread are in the game, but the franchise still hasn't  put you inside the mind of college quarterback until now. Over twenty different quarterback animations have been added to the game and this can easily go overlooked. No matter what college system you’re running, the quarterback can avoid the defensive rush with the new addition of step drops. In any play (particular play action plays), you jump right into the passing game rather than having to wait for the animation to finish. Besides set drops, throwing the ball has greatly improved.

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Before throwing the ball in NCAA football was a stale experience. You didn't have enough control and it didn’t feel rewarding when you scored a touchdown. Unlike previous installments, lob and bullet passes felt the exactly the same. There was no incentive to choose over each other until now. A bullet pass works well if you’re trying to pass between 10 to 20 yards in the game. If you want to reach your wide receiver that is streaking down the sideline, you better lob it over the cornerback shoulder.

With improvements in the passing game, the other side of the ball has also seen improvements. Defensive players must now see the ball before they swat or try to intercept the pass. Cornerbacks and safeties will no longer drop easily pick six if your not a smart quarterback. This change is long over due and forces players to read the defense and act on what’s being presented to them.

NCAA 13 football is nothing without its modes. Dynasty returns from last year, but much hasn’t changed from last year’s version. The new addition to the mode is the new scouting feature, but its hit and miss. The feature allows you to uncover a prospect overall rating before you devote time to him during the season. Good scouts can unlocked hidden gems that you didn’t see before and divert you from busts.

The biggest change in the mode is the inclusion of dynamic pitches. These pitches change weekly by many factors. If you're a championship contender year in year out, then your going to impress five or six star recruits. If you are a coach that has been a stable force in the college program, then you’re going to have more leverage over players than someone who jumps from program to program.