NCAA Football 10: Erin Andrews is Watching You

If you're anything like me, you set aside a good chunk of your day in order to think about ESPN sideline reporter--and occasional EA Sports game personality--Erin Andrews. After all, what's not to like? She's smart, knows sports inside and out, and is a great interviewer to boot. Oh...

If you're anything like me, you set aside a good chunk of your day in order to think about ESPN sideline reporter--and occasional EA Sports game personality--Erin Andrews. After all, what's not to like? She's smart, knows sports inside and out, and is a great interviewer to boot. Oh and she also happens to be attractive. Even if you spend too much time thinking about Andrews in real life, the tables will be turned in the upcoming NCAA Football 10, as Erin Andrews will be following you every step of the way in NCAA Football 10's newly rechristened career mode, known as Road to Glory.

Road to Glory mode is essentially the old Campus Legend mode with a new coat of paint. From the outset, the goal is still the same here--you create a college player from scratch, take him through his high school playoffs, then get recruited by the school of your choice and begin your college football career. If that sounds familiar, the trappings that surround your player's journey have received a facelift. Here's some of the highlights:

Erin is Watching You
Erin Andrews hosts periodic Road to Glory updates that follow your progress every step of the way. From the moment you step on field at your school of choice, Andrews will be there to highlight your achievements in a series of video vignettes that put the focus squarely on your career.

Herbie in the Mix
After particularly successful games, you'll get post-game wrap-ups from Andrews and ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit who will break down your performance complete with recorded highlight footage of your player doing his thing in the game. What's interesting is that what Herbstreit has to say about your player will change depending on the situation. For example, my first RtG player was a five-star QB who led his high school team to his state championship with ease, and had the pick of the litter when it came to colleges. I chose Auburn where he came in as a first-stringer, and Kirk's glowing assessment of his abilities was right in line with his skills. For my second player, also a QB, I simmed through the HS playoffs, where the team was knocked out after the second round. He came onto Auburn as a walk-on fourth stringer and Herbstreit's pre-season analysis was far less optimistic.

In My Room
As soon as you sign with a school, you'll be taken to a revamped dorm room which serves as the front-end for Road to Glory mode. From here, you can access any of the various things you can do in the game--including daily events such as a practice and class, a trophy case where you can check out the awards you've amassed during your career, a television set where you can watch your collected highlight videos, a photo shelf that will let you upload pictures from your career, and more.

When playing with my fourth-string QB, attending practice is essential (and the only way to move up the depth chart). I spent a ton of time on the practice field--the road from fourth string to starter is a long one--and one nice feature is the ability to instantly move from a practice one day to the next day's session (without having to exit and then reload). The only downside to skipping directly to your next practice is that you skip out on your evening activity (such as hitting the gym, going to the library,visiting the trainer, or studying your playbook). Considering it helps you get the starting position that much quicker, it seems worth it to spend your first few weeks focusing solely on practice and worrying about those other aspects later in your career.

Legendary Comparison
Playing well in your Road to Glory games will add to your legend on-campus. Playing well will add points to your overall legend score, which you can then compare against other players online. By accessing a menu in Road to Glory mode, you can compare your career player against those at the same position throughout the entire NCAA, in your conference, or at your school.

If Road to Glory mode doesn't play any differently than the Campus Legend modes that came before it, the increased focus on your created player at least offers a spotlight for you to bask in during your time on campus. For more screens from Road to Glory mode, check out the new screens in the NCAA Football 10 image gallery.

NCAA Football 10 is due for release on July 14; look for more on the game in the coming weeks.

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35 comments
costlywar
costlywar

Oh! and ERIN Andrews, What can I say she makes me get very excited. Beautiful, smart, clean, and sexy. She can do commercials for autos, beer, phone.. the list goes on. Erin my heart goes out to you! OHIO

costlywar
costlywar

I'm on stand-by for this 2010 football game. Last year's game was not enough to be expected , but EA could have done better. So I'll be on the sidelines waitting if my coach will call me in. Otherwise 09 will be the continued game. Its always so tempting to buy that new game in hopes that its better than the year before, only to realize that it was only tweaked. I'm still eyeing that Madden 2010 though.

bboysleepy32
bboysleepy32

don't buy this if you really want EA to change

bamarolltide16
bamarolltide16

Looks good to me. I already have this game pre-ordered i'm sure it won't let me down

Rudy25
Rudy25

I always get suckered into buying NCAA every year.

mulder_000
mulder_000

I was disappointed with last year's game, and I didn't even pay full price, got it used. But this game looks quite a bit better, as does Erin. I like the new lock on mechanic. Unfortunately, here in Canada trying to find NCAA games is about as hard as getting a date with Erin. I'll wait for the reviews and probably order it on-line. I am stoked FOR SUM FOOTBALL!!

Sparty_On
Sparty_On

Erin Andrews is pretty & beautiful and knows her stuff I really like her reporting. Boobrakerbrown is wrong how can anyone not like Erin Andrews she does a great job covering sports as I said before. I'm getting excited for NCAA 10.

comickiomars
comickiomars

it seems that the game below wont fail in trade markets and the graphic of pictures is not bad

fudger2
fudger2

you know what...no! Shes smokin hot but come on I dont want my goal to be "lets win so Erin will say im great" How about we scrap this and replace Milo with Erin Andrews. Ill happily talk to her.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

Agreed that NCAA football games have not made a lot of progress the last couple of years. I've got NCAA Football 2008 and NCAA Football 2009 and I have a hard time figuring out the differences aside from a roster update.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

Let's be honest... what we really want is an Erin Andrews Bikini Calendar or Playboy spread packed in with a NCAA FB 10 game that's not just a reheat... but a game that's taken the steps Madden has last year and this year with Madden 10. This NCAA FB franchise is starting to look really outdated man. Same tackling animations, same graphic look... same announcing... and basically everything the same for the last 5 years as far as on the Field stuff goes. I'm tired of NCAA FB getting what Madden had the 'Following year" nonsense. Guess what, maybe you'll have to wait until next year to get our money too. It's time for NCAA FB to reach NEXT GEN Standards already EA! Enough of the minor updates. We used to rip Madden for reheats... but at least now Madden is making some strides. NCAA FB is totally MILKING it and not doing enough. Sorry... Hot sideline reporters don't make or save a game.

mrhuntin
mrhuntin

seems like campus legend 2.0 to me.

monkeytoes61
monkeytoes61

She should be in every sports game. Every year. Forever.

travular_17
travular_17

the team builder is whats driving it for me

jshaas
jshaas

Oh, by the way... I'll be getting this one.

jshaas
jshaas

@BooBakerBrown That's some serious hate for Andrews... what gives? I think she's does bring authenticity to the game because she's on the sidelines of the real games on ESPN & ABC. That makes it authentic... it's what we see on the TV! The Hall of Famer you speak of is Corso... the man is a coaching icon. Sure, he didn't win a ton of championships but he's well respected in the coaching world. I also don't know why EA is just now pissing you off... you've bought the game every year. You should know by now that each new game is only slightly different than the previous. If they gave us everything we wanted in a game the first time around we wouldn't need to buy another one... then they would have to close up shop. EA knows that people will buy the new version of every sports game they make as long as there's a new feature here and there. It's like the carrot hanging in front of the horse, but out of reach.

corespoon
corespoon

2 weeks to go. i'm sure the game will be a reissue of last years with one or 2 new things one being this i think the other will be able to pick all the diff unis.

ROCK1990
ROCK1990

Nice feature, Having the Sexy Erin Andrews in it makes it even more cool!!

dropless2002
dropless2002

One new feature-and the same SEGA gameplay since forever- NEXT

BooBakerBrown
BooBakerBrown

So! Who cares that she's in it? Not going to add any value to the game. It's not like she's standing in a bikini or in the buff doing her thing. I'd rather have an ex-pro/collegiate Hall of Famer doing what she's doing. It adds a level of authenticity to it game. What doe she add?... TNA! IT will be the same 10 or so lines of dialogue loopes over & over & over. BORING!!! EA is really pissing me off with this. NCAA Football is the only game I truly look forward to year after year. I've been playing the series since it was EA's Bill Walsh College Football back in the 90's on the Genesis. This is a turn for the worse. & to add insult to injury, I bought for the PS3 last year. It sucked so bad on the PS3 I only played two or three games. I pulled the game out last week & tried it again... & it still sucked. I will definately get it for the 360 this year (again) & won't pay this chick half a mind. Heck, I'd rather see Corso or Herbstreet doing what she's doing in the game.

btheodore
btheodore

Nice job Jeff! You still ROCK!!!!!!

NBA_Jammer
NBA_Jammer

nice... i'm gonna need a break between games! ;)

jimy1475
jimy1475

hope it wont be a big fail, cause there arent any new things in sport category

ThaHitman415
ThaHitman415

Yes yes Erin Andrews is SUPERBAD! But... at least the game will be different in some way. This Road To Glory Mode seems like a good idea. Now what they SHOULD do is incorporate the media coverage of high calibur players in their DYNASTY MODE!! It would bring a great sense of depth towards the overall game. Think about it if there was a video that hyped Tebow like they always do.... and for some reason you play with him and he does well. Not great. Well. I think Erin Andrews should then talk about how he has been performing and highlight every HIGH CALIBUR player in a different screen in the options called "CAMPUS PASS". Marinate on THAT! :)

gamesock
gamesock

Oh god yes. She is TOO fine.

niner212
niner212

Other than the analysis what is so different about "road to glory" from last year's campus legend? Somebody help me!!! I still will buy it because I've bought it every year since the first one on ps2 in '01. And we all love Erin Andrews.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

Erin Andrews is pretty much a sports fans dream girl... and "Road to Horny" watching her in NCAA FB 10 is a nice addition... but after playing the demo of this game I really lost interest. It just feels and looks so stale and old... like a PS2 game compared to Madden(which FINALLY stepped up to Next Gen standards) and other sports games like NHL 09,NBA 2K9, Tiger 10, FN4 and MLB 09: The Show. There's a few nice things in NCAA FB 10 (besides the E.Andrews hotness) like playing a specific position and getting that players viewpoint.... but in the end I don't think it's enough to cough up another $60 bucks for. I'm waiting for August and Madden 10 this year. Step it up Tiburon! NCAA FB is now Stuck in the mud and feeling STALE!!! These are the times where gamers needed 2K in the mix doing a NCAA 2K FB to push the competition. NCAA FB 10 feels like a total reheat on the heels of last years reheat. Start INNOVATING and upgrading the look of the game EA!

jackalmax
jackalmax

yup im keeping 09' it will be the first year in many that I dont buy the new. Going to focus on madden this year instead.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I wish all networks used her. The two they got for MNF are quite bad.

rando22
rando22

idk whether to buy this one or just buy '09 and get roster updates, the demo is kinda sub-par

jmizzal
jmizzal

Erin Andrews is so sexy, she can watch me anyday

mechberg
mechberg

If you're anything like me, you set aside a good chunk of your day in order to think about ESPN sideline reporter--and occasional EA Sports game personality--Erin Andrews. After all, what's not to like? She's smart, knows sports inside and out, and is a great interviewer to boot. Oh and she also happens to be attractive. Even if you spend too much time thinking about Andrews in real life, the tables will be turned in the upcoming NCAA Football 10, as Erin Andrews will be following you every step of the way in NCAA Football 10's newly rechristened career mode, known as Road to Glory.

Road to Glory mode is essentially the old Campus Legend mode with a new coat of paint. From the outset, the goal is still the same here--you create a college player from scratch, take him through his high school playoffs, then get recruited by the school of your choice and begin your college football career. If that sounds familiar, the trappings that surround your player's journey have received a facelift. Here's some of the highlights:

Erin is Watching YouErin Andrews hosts periodic Road to Glory updates that follow your progress every step of the way. From the moment you step on field at your school of choice, Andrews will be there to highlight your achievements in a series of video vignettes that put the focus squarely on your career.

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Herbie in the MixAfter particularly successful games, you'll get post-game wrap-ups from Andrews and ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit who will break down your performance complete with recorded highlight footage of your player doing his thing in the game. What's interesting is that what Herbstreit has to say about your player will change depending on the situation. For example, my first RtG player was a five-star QB who led his high school team to his state championship with ease, and had the pick of the litter when it came to colleges. I chose Auburn where he came in as a first-stringer, and Kirk's glowing assessment of his abilities was right in line with his skills. For my second player, also a QB, I simmed through the HS playoffs, where the team was knocked out after the second round. He came onto Auburn as a walk-on fourth stringer and Herbstreit's pre-season analysis was far less optimistic.

In My RoomAs soon as you sign with a school, you'll be taken to a revamped dorm room which serves as the front-end for Road to Glory mode. From here, you can access any of the various things you can do in the game--including daily events such as a practice and class, a trophy case where you can check out the awards you've amassed during your career, a television set where you can watch your collected highlight videos, a photo shelf that will let you upload pictures from your career, and more.

When playing with my fourth-string QB, attending practice is essential (and the only way to move up the depth chart). I spent a ton of time on the practice field--the road from fourth string to starter is a long one--and one nice feature is the ability to instantly move from a practice one day to the next day's session (without having to exit and then reload). The only downside to skipping directly to your next practice is that you skip out on your evening activity (such as hitting the gym, going to the library,visiting the trainer, or studying your playbook). Considering it helps you get the starting position that much quicker, it seems worth it to spend your first few weeks focusing solely on practice and worrying about those other aspects later in your career.

Legendary ComparisonPlaying well in your Road to Glory games will add to your legend on-campus. Playing well will add points to your overall legend score, which you can then compare against other players online. By accessing a menu in Road to Glory mode, you can compare your career player against those at the same position throughout the entire NCAA, in your conference, or at your school.

If Road to Glory mode doesn't play any differently than the Campus Legend modes that came before it, the increased focus on your created player at least offers a spotlight for you to bask in during your time on campus. For more screens from Road to Glory mode, check out the new screens in the NCAA Football 10 image gallery.

NCAA Football 10 is due for release on July 14; look for more on the game in the coming weeks.