EA Sports NCAA Football 2008: My Initial Thoughts

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NCAA Football 2008 has been out for about a week now, so I have played enough of it to give my initial opinions of the game. The improved dynasty mode and more advanced play books are the most noticeable changes from last year’s release. All in all, I would say it was an overall improvement for the series, but still lacking in some areas. I’ll cover my opinions on various topics of interest from the game below.


Campus Legend Mode

This was an interesting addition to the game that allows you to guide a high school football player all the way to the glory of being on a big team in the NCAA. Personally, I’m not all that interested in this mode, but it was interesting and probably something a lot of you would enjoy. I care more about in game action than anything else when it comes to games. Outside of the game, stat tracking is really the only feature I consider crucial.

Gameplay

The actual gameplay isn’t too bad. I find that the game is a bit choppy directly after plays and the announcers have trouble keeping up with the action. For the most part, the announcer’s statements are just recycled from last year’s game. I can’t knock EA for that, because it’s what all the sports games do.

Dynasty Recruiting

Recruiting in NCAA Football 2008 is more complex and also more time consuming than ever before. I do like the recruiting system more than last year’s, but it’s just not something I care that much about. I’d rather spend more time playing games than recruiting. But if a more extensive recruiting system is your thing, you will find this to be a great addition.

Highlight Video & Photo Feature

This feature is really awesome. At the end of every game, you can select photos and highlights from the match and save them. These highlights are then shown on the television screen on the primary page. It may affect recruiting some, as you have the option to show highlight films to recruits, but I am not sure how critical it is.

Presentation

Not much has changed in this department, but is has improved some. There are some occasions where players look really stiff while moving and not fluid the way it should be. I’d almost argue the point that EA needs to focus less on player detail and more on fluid motion. Many people complained about 2k8 football lacking detail, but the motion of the players was very fluid. Detail is something I am willing to give up for accuracy in movement. Play calling has never been easier and it’s much deeper than in the past. Offensive and defensive adjustments are very easy to learn and crucial for winning games. I would have to say that presentation has improved some over last year.

Overall

Overall, NCAA 2008 is a very enjoyable game to play that has good and bad aspects to mention, but mostly good. I have yet to play online, so I can’t really state how that experience is. All in all, if you enjoyed NCAA games of the past, you will definitely enjoy this one. College football games have yet to capture the actual spirit of a real football game though. I’m a season ticket holder for Virginia Tech football and if you don’t know, VT home games are one of the most energy charged events you can find anywhere. I wish that one day, they could make a college football game that truly brings the spirit of college football to the table. If I could ask EA for anything in the future for this series, I would ask for all the bands with their fight songs, more mascot action, a focus on the crowd and just a more intense experience. Any college football fans out there know what I’m talking about.

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22 Comments on EA Sports NCAA Football 2008: My Initial Thoughts

mike mathes

On September 3, 2007 at 7:16 pm

I am an Appalachian State Alumni, why dont ea sports get my teams players numbers and stadium right! I mean at least get the top few 1-AA teams roster right! We have won two consecutive 1-AA national titles, and we just beat Michigan in the Big House! What more do we have to do to at least deserve our team roster to be correct! And the Press box is on the wrong side of the staduim when playing at App. on the game. Also, our team color ankle tape is suppose to be yellow, not another black color! Listen, I’m big ea sports college football fan! But it seems like you guys don’t care about the top 1-AA teams on the game. Are you just too lazy to put the time into getting the roster correct. I’m not saying all the 1-AA teams, but at least the top four or five. I have friends who play on the team and they deserve to have a game with their correct numbers on the game. That is a lifetime dream on hardcopy to show your grandkids some day! Come on guys, give Appalachian State their correct rosters, numbers, and stadium design! As a big Ea sports college football fan and An Appalachian State Alumni, I beg of you…….PLEASE get the correct numbers on the roster and stadium design for 2009. PLEASE!!

William

On September 3, 2007 at 7:49 pm

they really do need to get things right. Congrats on owning Michigan too. I despise Michigan. I remember in the old days, NCAA football always got our stadium wrong (Va Tech) and they finally are now getting the big teams right.

josh

On September 8, 2007 at 8:35 am

too bad the majority of D1 fans (minus golden domers of course) are jealous of Michigan’s history. Go Blue!

Scott Griffin

On September 21, 2007 at 4:26 pm

The only thing wrong with this game is that I feel the game literally cheats if you try to play it on Heisman. (Seriously, try to beat the Georgia Bulldogs on Hesiman.) My receiver will be wide open on an out route, the defender is two steps behind, I throw with precision passing to the right to lead the receiver, and the computer literally makes me throw the ball to the defender. Or if you roll out and try to hit a receiver, sometimes the computer will just make you toss the ball out of bounds like you are trying to throw it away. This game is BS.!!!!!!!! And it needs improvement bad for the difficulty level on Heisman for sure, because I know good competition when I see it, but when my guy is wide open throwing his hand up and then my QB throws is out of bounds, Im sorry thats straight BS.

paul

On November 10, 2007 at 3:23 am

i like what you’re sayin about app. state. they need to get these AA teams correct. AA’s are more fun to play with. all i can say to ea is that they should really think about putting North Dakota State in the game. ndsu is among the top tier of AA football programs even though they arnt eligable to play post season untill next year(good thing for app. state). they are a great ball team that beat a few D1 schools this year, including Minnesota in the metrodome.
id just like to see some good AA teams in the game.

Bart

On December 13, 2007 at 4:53 am

playing for a AA team.. i can tell you that the coaches of those teams do not fill out the paperwork and rosters to EA sports in order to have the correct rosters on the teams. AA doenst get any money for turning that in like A does hope that clears it up

MUST READ!!!!

On December 30, 2007 at 6:57 pm

okauy…. id love to tell u guys what i think would make it a better game not like any1 would listen but i am right as of now 28 online in college football so i know a little bit about the game…

1. the new highschool mode is very cool about time we had a playoffs on there but what is needed now is a highschool season. and in this season we need to start off at 2500 prospect rating and work our way up with our proformences that would be really interesting and then let u take controll of the team not just ur player! or make it an option, second is let us pick where we wanna go buy making a list of schools we are interested in!!! and that is pretty much all i have to say for that

2. i dont know if any of you guys reading this has ever played a a 2k8 game of any sort but in those games there are weekly highlights and all that where they break stuff down and i would love to see ncca football 2009 have that in it where it shows you key plays and stuff other teams are doing and not to mention a breakdown of hiesman bowls and such other stuff… and what ever happened to the ea ticketer??? i wanna play and see other scores!!!.. and try to make the annocers the at least close to the game half the time they cant keep up with the game!!!

3. this 1 is kinda like my personal opion i think tim tebow should be a 99 overall and i also think that he should be on the front of the cover ncaa has never had a play that wasnt going pro on there well ncaa has never had a sophmore win the hiesman either or run and pass for 20+ so come on lets make history again hes well deserving of it for 2009 and 2010 and 2011!!!!!!

well if u like wat i wrote keep posting the comments maybe our voices will be heard !!!!

MUST READ!!!!

On December 30, 2007 at 6:59 pm

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO GO THREW AND READ !!!!

okay…. id love to tell u guys what i think would make it a better game not like any1 would listen but i am right as of now 28 online in college football so i know a little bit about the game…

1. the new highschool mode is very cool about time we had a playoffs on there but what is needed now is a highschool season. and in this season we need to start off at 2500 prospect rating and work our way up with our proformences that would be really interesting and then let u take controll of the team not just ur player! or make it an option, second is let us pick where we wanna go buy making a list of schools we are interested in!!! and that is pretty much all i have to say for that

2. i dont know if any of you guys reading this has ever played a a 2k8 game of any sort but in those games there are weekly highlights and all that where they break stuff down and i would love to see ncca football 2009 have that in it where it shows you key plays and stuff other teams are doing and not to mention a breakdown of hiesman bowls and such other stuff… and what ever happened to the ea ticketer??? i wanna play and see other scores!!!.. and try to make the annocers the at least close to the game half the time they cant keep up with the game!!!

3. this 1 is kinda like my personal opion i think tim tebow should be a 99 overall and i also think that he should be on the front of the cover ncaa has never had a play that wasnt going pro on there well ncaa has never had a sophmore win the hiesman either or run and pass for 20+ so come on lets make history again hes well deserving of it for 2009 and 2010 and 2011!!!!!!

well if u like wat i wrote keep posting the comments maybe our voices will be heard !!!!

MUST READ!!!!

On January 1, 2008 at 5:25 pm

wat about the senior bowl y isnt there a senior bowl in the game????

Mark

On January 4, 2008 at 10:49 pm

Are you kidding me? Idaho plays in the Kibbie Dome, not an outdoor stadium, hence the name .. . yep they got that wrong.

Where is the create a team, or should i even miss it, because it lacks a logo editor.

Why do you put a feature to change coaches names, but do not show cpu users individual coaching records… stupid…

psuhoops123

On January 5, 2008 at 8:22 pm

I agree on bringing the bands and cheerleaders and more atmosphere because I’m a huge penn state fan and the student section in 08 is blue and not even half the size it should be and it would be nice for like a game winning score and fans could rush the field and there soo mcuh that they can make 09 better!!!

psuhoops123

On January 5, 2008 at 8:23 pm

and also maybe they can hold like an all stadium white out kinda like what penn state did but for every team for whatever there colors are, that would be really cool.

Chasery

On January 9, 2008 at 8:24 am

Well I love the NCAA games, and I like all the things you guys are saying. I think that the atmosphere from the fans and mascots and cheerleaders should be better, i mean you know that is alot of what college football is about. I also think that the high shcool level of the game should be more in depth this year and for the xbox 360 I think that there should be all time teams on there.

wildcats56

On January 9, 2008 at 3:54 pm

You will never see a current college player on the front of a game cover because the NCAA does not allow players to be paid for their services and EA sports has to pay the cover athlete, so you can forget about that one.

Matt

On January 20, 2008 at 7:50 am

Am I missing where to Create-a-Team, or is this feature not offered in NCAA Football 2008?

Ryan

On January 30, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Scott….the game does not cheat on Heisman

I play on Heisman and win by an avergae of 50 points regardless of who I playe, rarely do I ever have a game that is withing 20 points….perhaps I just play too much.

Josh

On February 13, 2008 at 2:35 pm

I think they should have where teams have more than just two uniforms for example like when Florida State have all red, all white red on white, all black. And when Georgia whore those black jerseys n the Sugar Bowl I mean the people who play NCAA football know what I’m talking bout we get tired of teams wearing the same jesery

Josh

On February 13, 2008 at 2:37 pm

They need to have more graphics like pregame shows bowl bids its alot of things that they could improve on such as the spat tape differnet color visors in NCAA 2004 u could do all of that

mmbamuta

On June 6, 2008 at 6:35 pm

this game does cheat on heisman for the record and it does leave alot to be desired.

mmbamuta

On June 6, 2008 at 6:40 pm

also i agree it should be more in depth and they should have all the teams on the game. the detail can lack some if they make the game play better. it can be better but its fun

colt45

On November 29, 2008 at 11:34 am

north dakota is a 1aa school who was eligible for a division one bowl game last year and beat the golphers at the metrodome. they disurve to be on this game more then portland state and indiana state. ndsu you could steem role any of those teams.

connor22

On October 11, 2009 at 5:56 pm

how do you show off before you get a touchdown?? like the player holds the ball out and mocks the defender before he scores.how do u do that??