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NCAA Football 07 review

Graphics so good that missing so many gameplay additions on current-gen systems doesn't matter as much

For

  • Amazing realistic graphics
  • Kicking and lead-block mechanics work
  • Accurate stadiums

Against

  • Missing good current-gen features
  • Momentum Meter feels like a gimmick
  • Fewer fight songs?

If your idea of a good time is dancing in a purple wig with your face painted like a bulldog, welcome to NCAA Football. In the latest EA Sports entry to the long-running franchise, NCAA Football 07 dispenses with all the extra gameplay in the PS2 and Xbox versions in favor of brand new (and awesome) graphics.

We'll say it again, for clarity: the Xbox 360 version is nothing like the PS2 and Xbox versions. Instead of Campus Legend mode, where you can take some hapless youth through his illustrious college career (hiring tutors to teach him math), you get amazingly realistic graphics. Instead of a whole cadre of drills, you only get three - plus those amazingly realistic graphics we mentioned. They're cool - quick sprint races and "bowling," where your players act like pins - but short. And, what the heck? They even ditched the lead-block feature that worked really well for planning speed routes for your running game, and failed to add the new mid-play field goal hand-offs from the Xbox and PS2 versions. Those visuals had better be impressive...

They are. EA recreated not only most of the stadiums with exquisite accuracy, but even the surrounding neighborhoods. The developers also added some cool touches to player models, making them look almost frayed and ragged. This same look carries through the torn-beach-towel interface, which changes its imagery to showcase your favorite team. The team logos might be our favorite extra touch, though - they're fuzzy, like letterman patches.

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, Everyone, Everyone, Everyone
UK censor rating, , ,
Release date:18 July 2006 (US), 18 July 2006 (UK)
Available platforms:Xbox 360
Genre:Sports
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