Disappointing NCAA Football 12 early review: Still great value

With just one day to go until the release of NCAA Football 12 we feel obliged to offer you news of a recent early review of the game. Although there are many aspects of the game that still need to be played, we were a little shocked that the reviewer was disappointed with the game – although they did say that it offered great value for money. Not certain if EA Sports was going for value rather than excitement?

During the run up to this release there have been a few issues with the game, but most of these are now behind the developer. EA Sports already know of a few problems with the game, so felt compelled to offer details of the games first patch. This is not the first time that a patch will be made available on a games release, as it is considered the easiest and cheapest option – rather that than delay the launch of the game itself.

Pastapadre has spent a few days with NCAA Football 12 now and was surprised that there were no extras to make the game stand out over last years version. However, where it matters most is with the gameplay experience, and EA Sports has managed to add something fresh. The field is now more wide-open, and this is all thanks to the new tackling animation system, which also helped improved the running of the game as well.

Defense seems to be the weak spot of the game, and you can see this with how easy it is dropping the ball between passes. It seems that the ball is very lose in this game, which will no doubt become frustrating for players. As with previous NCAA Football games it all comes down to the CPU, as it loves to take up a lot of it. It is to be hoped that the upcoming patch might be able to rectify this – or a future one?

Overall there are not a great number of faults with the game, but there does not seem to be that magic with this release, as there are with other games due to be released this year. Now we cannot agree that the game is bland as Pastapadre suggests, only time will tell. One has to wonder if EA Games is starting to lose their magic a little, as NCAA Football 12 has the makings of a great game; instead all we seem to have is a half-hearted effort.

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Written by Peter Chubb

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