I havewritten on what I thought NCAA Football 13 needed to do to really take a step forward -- and I can honestly say a lot of what I griped about has been addressed.
So congrats EA Tiburon, I'm calling you out.
Not for doing the wrong thing but for doing the right things. You see, we spend a lot of time being hypercritical of what you guys do down there -- but sometimes you just have to take a step back and smell the roses (or was that Oranges or Peaches?).
While I know NCAA Football 13 still has a lot of proving to do, the features we know about at this point have me pretty excited as a long time NCAA Football gamer.
There is the small issue of bugs, which we won't know anything about until a few dozen OS'ers do what a well stocked and well funded QA department can't -- find obvious and glaring bugs within the game.
So let's just get rid of the talk of bugs and try to be a sunshine pumper (scooter) for a bit.
The new WR/DB interactions in EA Football (not just NCAA) promise to take the passing game forward when before it was stuck in a decade old shell of antiquity. It was obvious last year the passing game needed to be rethought, and it's refreshing to see EA do new and exciting things with the passing game.
In real football, you can't throw to receivers who aren't looking at you -- so having the same principle apply to an alleged football simulation seems a good idea.
I'm also entirely excited about the QB dropback animations, and a few other odds and ends on gameplay -- but what really has me tickled is that the Tiburon boys finally decided to make NCAA Football...erm...NCAA Football.
The pure essence of college football is that every saturday, every game counts and you are not playing in a vacuum. When other teams lose earlier in the day, your game has more meaning. As your game unfolds, a dozen more (at least) are doing the exact same thing.
And they're all important, they all mean something.
In year's prior, NCAA Football did NOTHING to capture that. This year? It seems the game will at least give it a first go.
I'm not expecting it to be perfect, in the examples yesterday Rece Davis did sound a little jumpy after all. However, to finally embrace that image and vision of college football is a critical first step towards making the NCAA Football franchise the powerhouse it once was.
For the time being, my optimism for this year's game (and I'm reviewing it), is at a high level at this point. This doesn't mean I'm going to bias the game higher either, you can count on me to be rational about how good the game is. But EA is pushing all of the right buttons with me (at least) thus far, and I simply can't wait to see how the final product has turned out.
So with that said, viva la College Football! Bring on July.