NCAA Football 10: What Would You Change?

College football has wrapped, but work on NCAA Football 11 is going strong. What do you want to see out of NCAA 11's gameplay?

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Last year, for the first time in my sports gaming life, I spent more time with Madden than I did with NCAA Football. As a dyed-in-the-wool college football fan, this was big for me. In years past, I would play Madden religiously for a few days after it was released but inevitably head back to NCAA Football. Part of my preference had to do with the appeal of the teams and the collegiate atmosphere itself--I simply prefer college ball to the NFL. Beyond that, however, there has been a lot to like about the NCAA Football series over the years: the deep single-player dynasty mode, the extensive playbooks, and, of course, online dynasty.

So what changed in 2009? First of all, Madden NFL 10's gameplay went through a reinvention of sorts last year--one that I felt was quite successful. Perhaps no change had a bigger impact on my enjoyment of the game than the slightly slower gameplay speed, which made Madden 10 feel closer to the sport we all watch on Sundays than anything I'd played in a long time.

By contrast, so much about NCAA Football 10 rubbed me the wrong way. The utterly useless Season Showdown (a feature that seemed determined to make you see as many Coke Zero ads as possible), the questionable microtransactions, the Campus Legend plus Erin Andrews Road to Glory Mode, and gameplay speed that, when compared to the gritty realistic pace of Madden, felt hectic and antiquated. Despite cool additions like Team Builder, the whole thing fell flat for me.

So what will NCAA Football play like in 2010 (and beyond)? Perhaps you can have a say in that. In a post on the EA Sports forums, NCAA Football designer Russ Kiniry is asking for fans of the series to let the development team know what they want from NCAA Football 11's gameplay. Should the team implement Madden 10 features like Pro-Tak and the slower game speed into NCAA 11? How can NCAA-specific features like setup plays, defensive keys, and game planning be improved this year? What else should be part of the gridiron experience in NCAA 11 that hasn't been there before?

EA is clearly paying attention, so let your voice be heard in the thread or in the comments below.

Discussion

13 comments
rvm444
rvm444

Oh yes, and the ESPN presentation like Real Baller said below. It looked great in NCAA Basketball 10.

rvm444
rvm444

Slower, more realistic game speed. The FCS. Last year's version felt more oddly penalty-free during games than usual...

allanjohansen
allanjohansen

First thing EA should fix is to make a region free version of this game for xbox 360! The Football fanbase in Europe is growing fast, the NFL has aknowledged this by having a regular season game in London. So why shouldn't we be able to play NCAA here too? I sure would love to try it.

Stangkrew
Stangkrew

The main fix should be the movement of the players. The more realistic, the better the game is. The running is so mechanical. Madden 10 was a great change in player movement. Also, adding the game speed from Madden 10 would be great as well.

KUTTA205
KUTTA205

Pro-tak, more accessories like helmet styles, cleats like the Nike Vapors, sock types in color and logo like Nike socks. The Nike Pro Uniforms of Oregon, TCU, Florida, Ohio State, and Florida State. More tackle animations and styles of running with the ball. QB throw styles. Better blocking.

dantejones
dantejones

Granted the Season Showdown seemed... pointless, but the Chew Clock & Team Builder features were a couple of great additions. I also enjoyed how the playbook is split up. It's a lot easier to find the play or type of play you're looking for. However, I would LOVE to have more conference customization. The ability to expand conferences and split conferences, create conference championship games, adjust which ones get BCS auto-bids and, obviously, a playoff option. I want to make college football in my own image. That being said, I've actually spent way more time with this year's version than last.

rando22
rando22

pro-tak would be nice but how about we go with Backbreaker and have no canned animations. funny how they claim that they have hundreds of tackle animations yet you only see the same 10 throughout the game

blakgodofwar
blakgodofwar

Personally I dont care what changes they make to NCAA and Madden. Since they moved to next gen. Both games have sucked since. Both played great on PS2, then they started puttng in dumb features that made no sense at all. Then it moved to next gen and u would think u could add more material to it and not lose the current features or gameplay....Wrong!!! I think Ea needs to build the engine from scratch cause it just is not working. I got ncaa10 and madden 10 and returned them both the following day. I used to be a die hard ncaa and madden fan. Now i dont care what games they come out with. Not getting a penny of my money again. My conclusion I dont care what changes they are making to NCAA franchise. Its gonna suck regardless!!!

videlsports
videlsports

Take away the predict a defense. Players take advantage of this instead of calling actual defensive plays. This should be changed. Keep the speed the same. The Defense is really good. The balance feels good. Adjust the speeds of the QB's to many option QB's who are not. Allow a online ratings system to grade players who abuse the game or look for shortcuts.If som one quits I should not have tom play the whole game t get credit for the win.

Mr5Nascar
Mr5Nascar

add the whole FCS to go along side the FBS.

REAL_BALLER_69
REAL_BALLER_69

i think that they should have espn presentation just like ncaa basketball 10

tommyboy316
tommyboy316

Two things I'd like to see brought back is Create-a-playbook and REAL DIV. 1AA schools (Montana, Northern Iowa, etc.)- only this time use the current rosters not the previous years. Implementing the Madden features and game play would be nice. Bring back more of the school specific traditions, they used to do it for the Genesis game; Ralphie running across the field, the Boomer Sooner wagon, the Seminole on Horseback, Trojan on horseback, Nebraska's releasing of the red balloons after a TD, etc.... Keep the mascots, but add the traditional stuff too! Madden and NCAA BOTH need create-a-play brought back and with more "options" for options, trick plays, etc...