|System: PS2, PS3, X360||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: EA Tiburon||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Electronic Arts||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: July 13, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The A.I. is more predictable, but thats a good thing. The developers claim theyve smartened up the artificial intelligence, and to a degree, they have. The opponents simulate real players. They go where you would expect, making the game more realistic. You can see their running paths, and even anticipate tackles. It doesnt make the game any easier, but there are a lot fewer surprises in store, such as someone gaining fifty yards on you in three seconds.
Dynasty mode remains virtually untouched. Take charge of a school and recruit players, hire and fire coaches, and lead your team to victory season after season. This mode is the reason most people buy this game. Unlike the current-gen consoles, you wont be able to take part in any online features. This includes Dynasty Wire, where highlights and stats are uploaded to an online server for the entire world to see. Youll have to tweet your results on your own for this version. As unchanged as the Dynasty mode is, so too is the Road to Glory, where you take a player under your wing in an attempt to make him a college superstar.
As I mentioned, the camera angles help clean up the field, but sometimes they are too over-the-top. Some angles look great from a viewers perspective, but when they get in too tight, the results are claustrophobic. You cant see where your opponents are until its too late, which can result in a tackle and a lost down. Save the artsy shots for replays or highlights.
The ESPN theme and transitional wipes lend some authenticity and credibility. The game looks and sounds like a real TV broadcast. The old college songs are still here, as is the roar of the crowds to get your adrenaline pumping. And speaking of adrenaline pumping, Erin Andrews is back, looking exactly as we remember her from last year. And unfortunately, sounding pretty much as she did last year as well.
Like the new features in this game, Erin is nothing more than eye candy. And just in case you forgot any other details of last years game, NCAA Football 11 is certain to refresh your memory.
CCC Senior Writer