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NCAA Football 07 review

Choppy animations mean lame graphics, but this is deeper than a portable game should be

Pros

  • Stats are deep for a portable game
  • Dynasty mode packs in a lot of gameplay
  • Brings over nearly every full-sized feature

Cons

  • Graphics are choppy
  • of course
  • Lacks a career mode and online play
  • Unlockable ESPN clips are a joke

If you're going to strap on virtual shoulder pads and get mobile, NCAA Football 07 for PSP is the best option. This portable simulator mimics the PS2 version so accurately that, if you squint just right, you might think you are playing at home. But don't sell that plasma television just yet. The PSP controls are no match for the spin moves you can perform with an analog stick. And, jerky player animations look like pigeons on crutches, especially when the game starts to chug from too much onscreen action.

But you'll probably know that going in. NCAA Football 07 on PSP works because most of the console gameplay is here. New playbooks are more realistic, so you can pull off a fantastic series of passing plays using the air raid offense at Texas Tech, or hone your running game with a one-back offense. Drills provide greater depth %26ndash; and something to do on long car rides - and work better on the small screen because it's not so much about brilliant visuals.

The NCAA Football portable debut is packed with extras as well, such as editable depth charts in the ten-season dynasty mode, classic rivalries mode, and a cheesy-but-cool mascot game. Of course, you don't get the Campus Legend mode from the console version, which would be just a bit too extensive for a UMD-disc version of the game, and the ESPN ticker is more of a blip on the screen than anything useful. The new kicking interface works okay on PSP, but it seems like it was designed more for the PS2 controller than PSP.

More Info

GenreSports
DescriptionAn excellent sports game, with all the thrills and dynamics of real college football.
Franchise nameNCAA Football
UK franchise nameNCAA Football
PlatformXbox, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date18 July 2006 (US), 18 July 2006 (UK)