Coaching Carousel is back in NCAA football, but it remains untouched to my disappointment. The mode is still one of the best parts of dynasty mode, but the problems I had with it in the last installment are still found. It’s unrealistic for the offensive or defensive coordinator to recruit players into the program. That’s should be an honor reserved for players who earned the head couching position. Thankfully Road to Glory is a different story.
Road to Glory had a serious face lift last addition and one could expect them to take the year of, however that wasn’t the case. The new addition to the mode is a feature called reaction time. This allows you to slow the down the game and make it easier for you hit your target. This feature is tied into your player’s awareness rating, so you gain more time by spending your experience points on awareness. Improvements made Road to Glory help make Heisman Challenge stand out.
Heisman Challenge is the first NCAA real athletes have appeared in game. 16 different Heisman’s are in the game. From current Heisman award winner, Baylor’s Robert Griffin III to the oldest on the list, which is Stanford’s Jim Plunkett. Enhancing this mode is all of them have their signature celebrations. From Tim Tebow kneeling, to the infamous Desmond Howard Heisman pose. Tiburon Studios has successfully recreated what fans remembered about them in NCAA football 13.
ESPN integration is back from last year, but it isn’t as impactful unlike last year’s installment. The company’s Signature bottom line ticker and ESPN’s Rece Davis is in the game doing pre game cover and giving you updates on what’s happening in college football. The new ESPN additions can sometimes be intrusive because the commentary doesn’t have any impact on the game your playing. It’s a good addition, but just needs more work.
Tiburon Studios is once again a great installment for the franchise. The series gets a lot of under the hood upgrades that out class previous installments. The passing game is the best it’s ever been and cornerbacks and safeties have never been it sharper. Not a lot was done with dynasty mode, but the improvements in Road to Glory have made this a more complete product.
If you’re a college football fan then this a must have as it manages to cram an absurd amount of high quality content onto one disk. This isn’t just one of the best college football game on the market, this is one of the best football games you can find on the console.