I hate using the term "broken", because very few videogames are truly broken. They may have features we dislike or issues, but in the end, the game is usually playable. That changes with NCAA Football 13, the game is broken, there's no other way to put it. It's without a doubt the most glitch filled game I've ever played, even more so than last year's debacle.
So what lead me to this, the above screen shot from a game I had? (If you want to know, USC used the "QB snap to the center back to the QB" formation all game long, not just once.) No, what kills NCAA 13 is the fact that it can't be played. I cannot play the game without it freezing, therefore it's unplayable.
Mind you, I don't and haven't had this issue with any other game on my Xbox 360, only NCAA 13. I restarted my dynasty 5 times due to this, finally settled in one, and trying to get into game 3, the dynasty froze trying to load it up. Fine, used a work around by creating a new dynasty and then going back into my real one. Got in, but then froze going into my weekly game. Fine, used the work around of creating a new save point. Froze again. Renamed my dynasty, froze again. The last edge of my sanity was at question by this point.
I then saw the patch coming out this week, I had already traded the game into Amazon at that point, but had until 8/2 to ship it to them so figured at least I could try the patch and cancel the trade in transaction. The patch was released yesterday, to my excitement had no issues entering my dynasty or my game. I got into an intense battle in my week 3 game, going into halftime leading 14-7 using Ohio State over Cal. Meanwhile, Arkansas was up 36-22 over #1 Alabama entering the 4th and Wake Forest was up 28-3 on Florida State going into the 4th as well. I was engaged with my game as well as 2 upsets going on accross the country. So I enter halftime...and
That's what I stared at for 4 minutes before I had to completely turn off my 360. If not for knowing I was getting at least in trade in credit for the disc from Amazon, I would have snapped it into little pieces and mailed one to each developer/QA who works for EA Sports.
I thought for a brief second, maybe it's only me. I went to the OS forums to check others impressions of the patch, sure enough, many are suffering from the halftime freeze. Basically a patch was released to fix the offline dynasty freezes only to then add a new freeze during the actual game. Lovely!
Truly a disaster of a release that's completely unplayable. I won't waste any further time with the game, it went out to Amazon today. It's an amazing fall how far the NCAA series has fallen from grace. Every release gets worse and worse. Someone should give the NCAA series the death penalty at this point, and start it all over fresh in a few years.