|System: X360, PS3, PS2, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: EA Tiburon||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: EA Sports||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: July 14, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4 (12 for tourneys)||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
While Road to Glory is supposedly a new mode of play, it really is just a re-skinned Campus Legend mode. However, the addition of ESPN's Erin Andrews providing updates on your progress is a re-skinning we can get used to. The only other truly new mode is one you won't be able to access via your console. You'll actually have to hit up your computer in order to make use of the functionality. This is what's known as Team Builder, and it was revealed at the EA press conference at E3 2009. If you couldn't glean it from the name, what this allows you to do is create and completely customize your team, including tweaking logos, players, and uniforms. This team can then be imported into your game to play with via Play Now, Dynasty, and even Online Dynasty.
One of the few areas this game falters is in its visuals. Crowds in particular are horrendous - they are so pixelated and fuzzy it's hard to believe it was allowed to slip by; it truly looks like placeholder graphics. Also, players are very much cookie-cutter. Within the same team, it is not odd to find twins. Thankfully, player animations and stadia are nicely rendered. Also, non-game related events are well done. For instance, marching band formations, mascot reactions, and cheerleader response help keep the atmosphere decidedly collegiate. As always, the aural presentation is outstanding. Corso and Herbstreit really work well together, and all the commentary is both funny and appropriate.
NCAA Football 10 is another successful outing for the franchise. Gameplay is still as high quality as ever, and a few new modes actually feel substantial. If you were excited for the game before reading this review, you'll definitely be happy.
CCC Editor / News Director