I've seen a lot of people here saying that the current roster size of 55 is fine and they wonder why we think it's a big deal to expand this number. No one has ever provided them an answer... well here it is:
It's for realism. Some of those same folks berating us for being upset at the 55 limit, then get upset because they can't control the sock height or tape color on their players.
We all want a realistic game and IMO a 55 roster limit detracts greatly from realism. I play entirely in dynasty mode and love to recruit and build a team.
That said, I don't think I'd want an 85-man roster. That might be too much to handle. I think just a 5 man increase to 60 might give us all the depth we need and 65 total might be ideal.
I disagree. I too like the dynasty mode almost as much as the entire game (Ive been playing nothing but The College Years in anticipation of NCAA 2004's dynasty mode).
But 55 is the perfect size. When you actually play the game in season mode, you dont use anywhere near 55 players. If you win the national title, youd have 3 and 4 star players who sit the bench for thier 4 years. There's just no need for the extra 30 players.
If EA were somehow able to find ways to make the extra players more interesting I could see it. Maybe if they added things like academics, NCAA infractions, players transferring for various reasons, more injuries, or ways that those extra 30 players might come into play, 85 players might actually mean something.
As it is now, its just warm bodies riding the pine. For now, there is absolutely no reason to put that 4th string LB in the game.
And it also makes recruiting much more interesting, you cant just go and sweep up 25 players. Youve got 15, 20 at very most, recruits to bring in per class, you better not miss on a prime target.
I wouldnt mind larger rosters, but its pretty low on the list for me.
Well, I understand that there are limitations based on what the PS2 memory card can hold, but it is disappointing none the less.
I disagree, about the remainder of the roster being bench warmers. I play with fatigue and injuries. When injuries occur, you'd like to be able to bring in the best possible player without having to sacrifice a redshirt. Sometimes you have to cut that player because you feel like the incoming freshman at that position will be better in a couple of years.
When that is case, an 85 man roster is invaluable.