A Quick Look at NCAA Football 12's Dynasty Mode

Here are a few big changes and additions for all you aspiring athletic directors out there.

Whether your favorite team is a powerhouse like Alabama or a scrappy underdog like Northeast Wyoming Automotive and Dental Sciences Institute, everyone wants to see their alma mater achieve glory on the gridiron. Those who want to take that desire a step further are probably the ones most interested in NCAA Football's Dynasty mode, which lets you take control of your team and dictate its fate for years into the future through a number of strategic choices. As they do with every iteration of the game, the folks at EA Tiburon are making a number of changes and tweaks to this mode for 2011. Here are some of the more interesting changes in store for this year's installment:

Custom Conferences

To help keep pace with the wild world of conference shuffling happening in the NCAA this year, EA has decided to give you full control of every conference in college football. You can play it conservative and simply bump up your favorite midlevel school to a bigger conference, make a few swaps between teams here and there, or simply decide to pull a Notre Dame and make your college an independent. Or you can do the opposite and pretend to be a wildly drunken NCAA president, putting only Florida schools in the Mountain West, moving Oregon to the ACC, or setting Auburn's top rival as the Portland State Vikings so that they play each other every year without fail. The only thing you really can't do is rename conferences or change their logos.

Pac-12! What a silly name! Wait, that's the real name of the conference now?

Custom Playbooks

Another addition this year (or at least a return of an old feature in expanded form) is custom playbooks for your chosen team dynasty. You'll be able to start with a base playbook and then just mix and match whatever you want from any old playbook for a total of up to 350 or so plays. Beyond that you can also customize how the plays are organized when you select a formation during the game. It's a simple drag-and-drop tile system that lets you shuffle around plays at will, letting you stack all your running plays at the top, banish a particular receiver to the bottom of the playbook, or what have you.

Coach Central

This year's Dynasty mode includes a sort of sub-mode for those who want to control the nitty-gritty of their coach. The customization begins with a fairly silly level of detail, right on down to your coach's chosen style of shirt, be it sweatshirt, polo, or suit jacket. Each coach in this mode is expected to live up to the terms of the particular contract, with a prestige ranking that determines their job security. They're even assigned alma maters to determine which schools they're likely to jump ship to if a spot opens up. It's a pretty impressive level of control over your dynasty and something that's probably going to appeal only to a fraction of the NCAA players, but it's an interesting feature nonetheless.

Make him…coachier.

Online Dynasty

This year, EA is giving you the chance to take your dynasty online in an entirely different way. Besides just managing your dynasty through the game itself, you can do a fairly extensive amount of management through a Web browser. Things like weekly recruiting tasks, roster viewing, and schedule viewing can all be done online for free. But you will have to shell out a few bucks for more active control of your team through the Web browser; for instance, controlling games through the browser using full playbook support costs $2.99 (240 Microsoft points).

NCAA Football 12 will be released this July for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Be sure to read our previous coverage for more details.

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20 comments
tycobbler
tycobbler

No thanks. Drop the price to what the good old USA is trying to do to us with wage reduction, and maybe i'd consider it. 60 dollars.... hell no!

HALFSQUASHED
HALFSQUASHED

@gunstarherouk They wont release it over here. Just import it, a site like Movietyme.com is great for getting US titles. Used it in the past to get Demons Souls 7 months before it came out in Europe.

dantejones
dantejones

I have been waiting for custom conferences for YEARS. That feature alone will be enough for me to pre-order. Big Eight? Southwest Conference? 16-team WAC? Penn St as an independent and University of Chicago back into the Big Ten? Worth it. I usually buy every year, but skipped last year because: 1. I hate Tebow and 2. Nothing was done to the Road to Glory mode. I know they've hired a full time developer to work on the RTG mode and I'm hoping it starts to pay dividends. Cannot wait until July 12th

Isaiah27401
Isaiah27401

Y dont they add sum real khanges like add athlete personality so its more of a risk/reward 4 give a scholarship to outstanding athlete who may not play a full season or ok athlete who play every game.Even sumthing as small as sumthing that affect the way they play if they dont get the ball a set number of times is creatable really that hard u got a year 2 write the software really two kuz it b the same thing each year

ALL_DAY_713
ALL_DAY_713

so correct me if i'm wrong, but the only legitimately new thing they've added is the create-a-coach feature and custom playbooks? they need to add a little excitement to the recruiting or improve the gameplay A LOT. regardless i'll still buy it as soon as it comes out, but come on.

LokiHero
LokiHero

I've always ignored this franchise, but custom conferences is pretty boffo. NEEDS MORE OU/TCU.

mulder_000
mulder_000

@Ayoto_Kamina_1 I totally agree, the only game I buy new is NHL well, cuz I'm a hockey nut. I didn't buy NCAA 11, I rented it for a month at the Canadian version of Gamefly. I did the same with Madden. There's no way I'm paying $60 + tax for a few new features, then the companies whine about 2nd hand game buying.. I picked up Madden last week for $15 and that's what its worth. I'll be renting NCAA 12, and giving it back when something new comes out. For Canadians out there...Game Access is a really great rental place and you can buy brand new as well as used.

dbene
dbene

@nikolajz1 There hasn't been custom playbooks or conferences since the last generation games.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

If these are all the new features there are to brag about, then i think i'll stick to NCAA10. EA are really starting to annoy me with their sports titles. They do the bare minimum every year and expect people to buy the new game.

gunstarherouk
gunstarherouk

i hope this comes to the uk as i like this more than madden.

ravenfan7x7
ravenfan7x7

how bout they tweak the recruiting so its not so boring? thatd be better than acting like 1/2 of these "features" are new...its funny how madden and ncaa footbal add stuff that used to be in the games on the last gen console versions and act like its something new

hernando1313
hernando1313

@crabcola haha I thought the same thing! Nothing really new. Just like any other sports game with new features...

crabcola
crabcola

Online Dynasty already had online control. Why are they advertising it as a new feature??

Arther-la-Blunt
Arther-la-Blunt

Northeast Wyoming Automotive and Dental Sciences Institute bhahahahahah...hahahahaha

huskerman34
huskerman34

Cant wait for this game. i missed last years game. I like that option to be able to switch schools. Sounds logical considering that conferences are realigning.

packers91
packers91

I want create-a-play. I had it in backyard football and nfl blitz 2001

DKHardee
DKHardee

@nikolajz1 now you can add a team to a conferene without removing another, thats new. You can also create divisions within the conference and choose a location for the conference championship game.

NitehawkFury
NitehawkFury

Custom coaches and online dynasty has been around for a while as well... The only fully new thing here is being able to swap everything in the conferences. Unless there's some details missing there?

nikolajz1
nikolajz1

How are any of these changes? There always have been custom conferences and playbooks.