NCAA Football 09 Review
- Posted July 14th, 2008 at 23:36 EDT by
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NCAA 2009 is a step above its previous installment and shows EA Sports is dedicated to improving the brand name they’ve created.
- Online Dynasty is fantastic
- Custom Stadium Sounds system is innovative
- Atmosphere is dead on
- Shimmy can toy with the AI
- Broken defensive zones
- Player vs. player experience
Unlike any review previously done here on PlayStation Universe, I feel that this review will need to be divided into several parts. The first part will handle the bulk of the title including Dynasty mode, Campus Legend mode, gameplay elements and mini-games. However, the second part of the review will focus completely on the human vs. human aspect by covering the various gameplay elements tackled in this style of play. I understand this may seem odd, but NCAA Football 2009 plays like two completely different titles depending on the situation.
As a lot of you know, I covered NCAA 2009 at a press event in New York City earlier this year. The impressions I received from the trip were positive and created a lot of anticipation for the retail release of the title. Now all that was left to find out was if EA Sports was able to fix up the issues and deliver a product worthy of the $60 purchase price come July 15. I’ve included below my thoughts and impressions on this final build and you’ll have to decide for yourself if the game warrants the price tag.
Dynasty Mode has always been the backbone of the NCAA franchise, offering users the opportunity to lead a college program to national dominance. The mode gives the player the responsibilities of red-shirting players, creating recruitment boards, setting depth charts, customizing your schedule and even inviting future prospects to watch your team play. One thing EA Sports has always done is provide this experience at the highest quality possible, and fortunately NCAA 2009 is no exception to this. The studio has added a handful of new features to the mode that make it that much better than previous installments.
One of the coolest new additions in Dynasty Mode is the ability to search for recruits to your own specifications. Are you looking for a wide receiver that is 6’4 and 230 lbs? Then put in the information and the game will pull up a list of available recruits that meet your criteria. This simple addition has made finding the right candidates for your program that much easier. EA Sports didn’t stop there in improving the recruiting process however as they’ve also added in the ability to Quick Call recruits.
If you’re a fan of Dynasty you’ll be aware of the tedious amount of time it usually took in order to call each recruit to find out what they’re looking for and things of that nature; however, with Quick Call, you can pick an allotted amount of time, call the recruit, and the game will give you details as to what the recruit is looking for. This can range from a great fan base to academic prestige to even early playing time. Knowing these details allows you to pitch your school to these plays at your strongest points in order to convince them to committing to your program. EA Sports has also added in recruitment strategy sliders that allow you to set how important certain positions are during recruiting and what type of player you’d like at that position whether it is a hard-hitting free safety, a coverage safety or perhaps a balance of the two.
Outside of the new recruitment features, the developers have added in NCAA News and Campus newspapers to the Dynasty mode. These cool little rotating papers allow you to know what the mood around campus feels like and how the national media thinks of what is going on this season in college football. This component adds to the overall authenticity of the title and definitely works to immerse the user into the college atmosphere that much more.
All of these new additions combine with the Dynasty of old to provide a great experience that will enthrall and engulf users for many months to come post-release.
Have you always wanted to be a wide receiver but your 5’4 vertical frame made that incredibly unlikely? That exact situation is why Campus Legend was such a brilliant addition to the franchise in the past, and EA has continued to build on that success by improving it even further this year. For those of you unaware of what Campus Legend ... (continued on next page)
- 7:01pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
Thanks for the review. This answered several questions I had.
- 8:38pm EDT - July 14th, 2008
Just got the game at midnight and while its not perfect, its LIGHTYEARS better than NCAA 2008!!!
Good review but I would actually give it an 8 or 8.5
- 2:38am EDT - July 15th, 2008
sounds like NCAA 09 has great graphics and an overall feel of what collegiate football should be and the review helped a lot, but I just can't help but to think the player v.s. player game play is not up to par. Without great gameplay the game itself is not worth the $60 purchase in my humble opinion. Maybe I'll rent it first just to see if it's worth the money.
- 6:15am EDT - July 15th, 2008
Dynasty Mode has always been the backbone of the NCAA franchise, offering users the opportunity to lead a college program to national dominance. The mode gives the player the responsibilities of red-shirting players, creating recruitment boards, setting depth charts, customizing your schedule and even inviting future prospects to watch your team play."
You mean, like a coach would? Huh? Too bad you can't really "coach"....you have to actually "user-control" the players, which defeats the purpose behind "Dynasty Mode" to begin with. Yeah....real good job EA. Just sit back on your lazy butts, add a little something, and collect all that money from people who don't care about quality. I might rent it, just to see if they actually took Josh Portis off of the "Transfer" status, after being at Maryland for 3 years now. Nah....I won't.
- 8:19am EDT - July 15th, 2008
I play NCAA football every year. You have to know whats its about. its not just a football game. I played football for 18 years and I have to say EA does a great job with the NCAA games each year bring something great with it. Im sorry but the rate it should never go under a 8.5 even with last years game being the worst one made atleast an 8.
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- 9:53pm EDT - July 15th, 2008
Gameplay can be tweaked with the sliders and there may be some major bugs with the sliders, such as assigning the wrong attribute to a slider. This is being investigated by some gamers at another site's forum. I'm not sure about this website's policy on linking to another forum, so if it's ok, I can do that.
- 10:36am EDT - July 17th, 2008
I always get the game- it has changed.
Here's a question- i own ps2- why do i have to "add" every player and number to both dynasty roster/ and the fbs just to play other people and points pursuit etc? am i missing somthing, like add roster to fbs and it when i pick dynasty it adds the corrected players?
- 9:12am EDT - July 18th, 2008
Im sorry but this is the best one they ever made. I have played all of thm since 96 and nobody can tell me anything about playing NCAA Football. EA, you did it with this one. 10 out 10!!
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- 10:06am EST - March 1st, 2009
does anyone have the rooster that I can download onto a memory stick ?
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