It is starting to look rather bleak to be a football gaming fan this year. Between the debacle with Madden’s limitations to the user and the growing distaste for EA’s monopoly on football gaming in-general.
Now that the NCAA has finally approved a playoff for college football to find a true champion it is a curious situation for EA’s yet-to-be released college title this year. While this year and even next year’s titles will technically be correct in the bowls and the fact that the BCS will still exist… it does leave us to wonder what is the point of playing a game that will soon see it’s career/dynasty mode become pre-obsolete as gamers want nothing more than the ability to create the playoff system they have always wanted.
The first day for E3 was an amazing one for Madden fans (more on that to come). However, the same cannot be said for NCAA Football fans.
It was announced that NCAA Football 13 will not have Real Time Physics like it’s pro counter-part. On top of that, you have bigger issues facing NCAA Football (the game and the actual real-life money hungry institution). There will also be no way to import draft classes between the two games. Granted, this ‘feature’ has been broken for years and with the new intensely improved rookie classes and draft for Madden… who really needs to import the same broken logic players?
If you consider the issues of an impending Playoff format and everything else with teams flip-flopping, this could be a lame duck year for NCAA Football 13. This is going to render NCAA Football into a bit of a dead-zone for gamers that aren’t die hard fans of the series. How much fun or longevity will there be for your Dynasty Mode if you aren’t able to institute the coming Playoff Format? What about the idea of 20-Team Super Conferences? Right now you are limited to 16 teams per conference.
It isn’t really a game killer, but EA really needs to step it up next season on the college football front if they hope to have sales even close to what they were for NCAA 11 and 12.
NCAA Football and Madden will have the same control scheme this year (for the first time ever in this generation of gaming consoles) but that is where the similarities seem to die. Much like NCAA 10, NCAA 13 is going to be a game that many people will skip because it won’t have the same advances that people were/are hoping for that will make the game more realistic in the actual guts of moving players around the field. Now with the news that NCAA Football doesn’t have the same Real Time Physics Engine that Madden 13 has… it could be a rough year for college football gaming fans.
Are you passing on NCAA Football this season? Post your comments below!