EA Sports NCAA Football 2008: My Initial Thoughts
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.
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 announcerâ€™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.
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.
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, 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.