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NCAA Football 18: A Game So Good, We Truly Wished We Could Play It All Day

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NCAA Football 18: A Game So Good, We Truly Wished We Could Play It All Day

Close your eyes and open up your imagination as we enter a fictitious world where NCAA Football 18 released this week. 

It’s July, which has always traditionally meant the July 4th BBQ, College football preview magazines, and the release of EA Sports’ NCAA Football.

This year’s game brings a host of new features, some brought on by the changes in the college game itself and some brought in to enhance an already great user experience.

In short, NCAA Football 18 is so good we truly wish we could play it all day long.

No seriously, we really do wish NCAA Football 18 could be played.

We really wish it.

Gameplay

EA has been delving into eSports quite a bit with its professional titles, but thus far NCAA has avoided that. This year though, with the inclusion of eSport centric features like play-styles (arcade, sim, competitive) and the new DB/WR controls, its clear EA wants NCAA to be amongst the discussion.

Mimicking college football is always a tougher task than the NFL. There are a lot more play styles from the Wishbone Triple Option to the wide open spread, and a lot bigger gaps in talent. This year, more than ever, playing as UL Monroe against LSU feels like you are UL Monroe.

A lot of this centers into EA’s refocusing on how to do line play in NCAA Football, as the lines are where you see some of the biggest gaps in skill in the college game today. Monroe doesn’t have the same athletes moving bodies around the field that LSU does. Because of that, finding space as a running back or getting time to get passes off is at a premium if you are a smaller program playing one of the bigger ones.

EA also redoubled efforts on more ‘trick’ plays like the jump pass. Trick plays are a big part of NCAA Football, and seeing them better represented in this year’s game adds a layer of authenticity we have been missing.

Dynasty Mode

There have been big changes to the rules in recruiting and the guys at EA did a great job remaking recruiting to fit the new processes. The early signing period does add some certainty and a bit of a rush to try to get some recruits committed and signed before you jump into the bowls. This allows you to concentrate all of your remaining resources on those final players the final weeks of the offseason.

The other big addition to recruiting is the inclusion of next year’s class a year early. Granted, next year’s class isn’t quite a fully fleshed out class (there are 300 or so recruits to go after), having to decide how to spend your limited resources on players for next year’s class vs. filling out this year’s is a mind-game that’ll leave you not knowing what to do. If you don’t spend some resources, you are going to be so far behind the curve on getting any top talent next year that you may not recover. This means that some programs are going to just naturally have better years than others.

Those two changes in and of themselves are enough to change how the game plays. EA also went above and beyond and added a ‘Historical Dynasty Mode’ which allows you to play in historical eras complete with historical programs aligned in correct conferences with accurate schedules with scenarios from the 50s to today. Teams are randomly generated but their strengths are pre-determined: Oklahoma is a powerhouse in the 50s, Notre Dame and USC dominate the 60s, etc.

The cool aspect of this mode is you can play campaign like scenarios where you are tasked with things like matching Oklahoma’s 47-game win streak in the 50s or complete BYU’s improbable 1984 run. While not every season and is available, the campaign aspect allows you to experience several eras of college football while trying to build up teams and complete missions.

It’s a long needed breath of fresh air to the mode and of course, it ties in wonderfully to NCAA’s Ultimate Team mode.

Final Thoughts

Did I mention we really wish NCAA Football 18 could be played?

Unfortunately, due to an ongoing stalemate over player rights and universities not wanting to participate in a game that opens them up to litigation — the above review is entirely fictitious. NCAA Football 18 doesn’t exist, and as of right now its not looking good for a return anytime soon.

However, if you want to still get updated rosters, there are users working on them in our NCAA Football Roster forum as we speak. Be sure to check those out if you do need a college football fix.

In the meantime, leave a comment letting us know how much you miss NCAA and what you think NCAA Football 18 would look like! We want to see as many comments as possible! And most importantly, we want NCAA Football back!

Executive Editor. Based in Oklahoma.

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  1. Man, what a tease reading this article! I'm still playing NCAA 14 religiously and would gladly take this game on the new engine with some minor tweaks to recruiting as well as the updated playoff system and be good to go for the next 5-10 years!
    My friend and I were discussing this the other day as we were discussing the MLB All-Star break. We talked about how it seemed every year, the newest edition of NCAA football would hit the shelves the same Tuesday that the MLB All-Star game took place. 
    I really do think that at some point a NCAA game will return whether its made by EA or a different publisher. I think that over time the powers at be and those concerned about the threat of litigation will come to some type of compromise that puts a NCAA football game back on the shelves. 
    I still have my NCAA 14 Football for the PS3 as well as NCAA Basketball 10. Will always hang on to them until a new game is released. I got lucky with the basketball as I found it used for only $10 here in canada.  
    I shed a tear reading this :(
    NCAA football was the only must buy game every year for me.  I am now a Madden player, but in the past (3) years I think I have only completed one full season.   
    This review is teh suck! This game is trash! Crappy superman LB's and unreal CPU completion percentage! Read-option is broken. EA sucks!
    Sorry....just wanted to get that out there to preserve some sense of nostalgia about this time of year. ;)
    I really like the idea of posting a mock/satirical review for the game with all the things we wish were in it. I sorta wish the epilogue wasn't there, though (although I understand why you included it). Just leaving a completely straight-faced review of the game up would be really effective satire, though.
    Well done!
    I was confused reading this article. I knew it was fake, but somehow the other half of my brain was saying otherwise.
    with that said NCAA14 on the PS3 and NCAA11 on the PS2/PCSX hold up very well. I actually prefer 11.
    also makes me want another CH2k game.
    SilverBullet19
    Put it this way: If this came out only on XBox1...I would buy a $500 console JUST TO PLAY THIS GAME

    It makes my stomach turn to say this....but yeah, I would too...
    If NCAA Football 18 came out, it would look like Madden 17 since NCAA was always a year behind Madden when it came to features and mechanics. I really miss NCAA Football. Loved playing Army vs Navy. Even more exciting for me anyway, was doing the yearly ratings edits and waiting on Playmaker to release his alumni roster. Good times.
    NCAA was the only game I truly got excited about. This game brought me to Operation Sports. All the early gameplay videos and endless threads of impressions, complaints, request, it was crazy.
    I had to dig out my old copies just to look at. Some how I misplaced 12 and 13
    I miss the NCAA Football series new releases a lot, but fortunately I still play NCAA 14 regularly. It was such a solid release, and better than Madden for several years to follow, that NCAA 14 still plays great today. I hope EA works out the licensing situation, but if things remain fragmented, maybe a limited release with a few of the big schools in Madden would be a good way to begin building towards a full, separate product launch again. Heck, I would be thrilled if EA just released the community tools in a generic game and let the community fill in the blanks like PES.
    I love this series so much, it is what brought me here to join OS. I still have all my copies of NCAA Football for the PS2 and PS3, and continue to play NCAA 14 on a regular basis. I would have really liked the additions of the playoff, which would have been a part of this year's game.
    Plus, the Charlotte radio station even played The Clash's "Train in Vain" (part of the soundtrack on NCAA 06) on what would have probably been this year's release date. :y11:
    It's interesting that in this day and age of incredible hardware and ever-improving games in virtually every other genre, sports gaming has never been in worse shape. There is 1 option for NFL, NBA, and NHL. There is no baseball game on Xbox. There are no college sports games period. It's almost like sports games are moving backwards as the rest of the industry moves forward....
    I can't even go back and play the last release (NCAA 14) because it's not for sale on the Xbox marketplace and is at borderline extortionist prices at places that do have the game! Interesting times, fellas.
    pietasterp
    It's interesting that in this day and age of incredible hardware and ever-improving games in virtually every other genre, sports gaming has never been in worse shape. There is 1 option for NFL, NBA, and NHL. There is no baseball game on Xbox. There are no college sports games period. It's almost like sports games are moving backwards as the rest of the industry moves forward....
    I can't even go back and play the last release (NCAA 14) because it's not for sale on the Xbox marketplace and is at borderline extortionist prices at places that do have the game! Interesting times, fellas.

    Hopefully the sports gaming industry will reset itself in the next decade.
    We need another NCAA footabll game EA!
    Would love to see this come back one day. An integration  with Madden football would be sweet as well! Import draft class etc..
    I haven't been to this site in a while and when I do first thing this morning I see this NCAA Football 18 story and my stomach starts fluttering with excitement. Then I see you're full of ish... jackass move, dude.
    could you just imagine the first time it comes back all the sales EA would have? the next generation could get hooked like we were!! I see the next time we see NCAA football it will be a download from the marketplace and then if you want the jerseys and the cool options for you team they will be mini purchases to download. (uniforms, gloves, helmets, etc.) plus as a download it would be an easy way to test waters for demand and would be a "safe" way to release the game.
    vernbudde1
    could you just imagine the first time it comes back all the sales EA would have? the next generation could get hooked like we were!! I see the next time we see NCAA football it will be a download from the marketplace and then if you want the jerseys and the cool options for you team they will be mini purchases to download. (uniforms, gloves, helmets, etc.) plus as a download it would be an easy way to test waters for demand and would be a "safe" way to release the game.

    That why I'm optimistic about NCAA football and basketball returning. There's a market and money to be made. Especially with football. Seeing 2K and now Madden flirt with the colleges again has given me hope that we'll see full fledged games again in the near future.
    As I wrote in another thread, I was a big dynasty guy, so after season #1, I was recruiting fictional players and had no problem with that. The game must have real schools and conferences though.
    Having the playoffs would make it even more enjoyable for me now.
    I always felt like NCAA was the better game compared to Madden. I feel that way because NCAA succeeded in what Madden has not, which is atmosphere. NCAA did a good job of focusing on fight songs/chants, home-field advantage, traditions(like Clemson Rock, Bevo, LSU Tiger, etc), Studio Updates. I felt NCAA had a easier path than Madden because they shared tech(even though Madden obviously got first dibs). So NCAA devs could focus on the game itself.
    If NCAA could have continued into this generation, it would have been one of top sports games if it followed its path. It laid a good foundation, it could have continued. Recruiting and Coach Carousel made Dynasty fun. I liked Road To Glory. They could just expanded on what they done so far. Just had to add more depth features. Maybe add a Create-a-Playbook, Scheme-type players and teams recruiting to their playstyle, more presentation-type features added,
    Heck, if the Remaster NCAA 14 with Frostbite engine and current gameplay, I would buy it over Madden with no second thought. But with NCAA issue seemingly not close to being resolved, it will be a while before we see a NCAA game again
    Love NCAA 14, but there are so many things they would have added by now.
    -RPOs
    -Grad transfers
    -Medical retirements
    -Recruiting years ahead
    -More specialized defensive playbooks
    -Create a uniform
    -Spread punt, rugby punt
    Wow so many emotions going on after reading that post Steve. NCAA has always been and will always be my favorite sports franchise. Like many others have said it was the only game I bought year after year and I couldn't get enough of it. It's sad to think about how good the series would be with today's graphics and the direction they were going. NCAA 14 is definitely my favorite version of the franchise and I do believe that they were on track of making a fantastic game on the next gen of consoles. Man I really wish that one day they could release a DLC for 14 with the playoffs included and updated uniforms and stadiums. One can wish.
    If I were EA I would sign up just the NCAA license. Beyond that I would make everything else generic but with a comprehensive system to Edit & Transfer Teams/Logos/Uniforms/Rosters. Trust me, in no time at all we will have an authentic Collegiate Football game in no time at all. The fan base for this franchise will ensure that.
    Murph
    As I wrote in another thread, I was a big dynasty guy, so after season #1, I was recruiting fictional players and had no problem with that. The game must have real schools and conferences though.
    Having the playoffs would make it even more enjoyable for me now.

    Real schools, conferences and the NCAA are a must for me. I think it's about having the rosters constructed in such a way that absolves the publisher, NCAA, conferences and schools of any likeness claims. Sadly, I think it means the end of editing and roster sharing. Which I'm fine with at this point. Look at 2k and the your college teamates on the respective teams. There is no way any current or former player could make a likeness claim. They could, I guess, because you could sue for anything but it'd get thrown out instantly. I think that's the model to follow. College to me has always been more about the schools and pageantry while the pro game is player driven.
    JoshC1977
    It makes my stomach turn to say this....but yeah, I would too...

    I was going to go Xbox1 when I was looking at consoles. I have had bad luck, but I wanted to be able to play NCAA. Once I found out it wasn't backward compatible, I went to PS4.
    But like I said, if this game came out console exclusive, I would buy whatever console it came out for.
    Yeah, don't know why it would ever be console exclusive, unless some first party dev decided to take it up. If their effort showed promise I would go in on the console as well though.
    bad_philanthropy
    Yeah, don't know why it would ever be console exclusive, unless some first party dev decided to take it up. If their effort showed promise I would go in on the console as well though.

    I doubt it would be, but I was just using that as an example of how far I would go to be able to play a new version of this game.
    Hell...if somehow they even said "Only compatible with a 75 inch ultra HD smart TV with wifi"...you can bet your asses I would be working overtime to buy a new TV.
    I really miss getting the game on release date and playing the "oldest rivalry in the south" between the Auburn Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs.
    I have always been a madden player but I always saw the greatness in NCAA. It was a fantastic preseason to the start of my sports gaming year and really filled a nice gap in July.  I hope one day we will see a return of the series 
    maybe we see a college game with the ncaa liscense but in more of the form of a bill walshs college football? put some new generation graphics on it and some new customization options in the game and we will see blue and gold south bend vs. red and white Tuscaloosa!!!
    No way would schools let them get away with that today. I think back then they didn't care because video games weren't as big and mainstream as they are now. Try to pull that kind of thing today I guarantee you get sued.
    vernbudde1
    maybe we see a college game with the ncaa liscense but in more of the form of a bill walshs college football? put some new generation graphics on it and some new customization options in the game and we will see blue and gold south bend vs. red and white Tuscaloosa!!!

    lol and then instead of players filing a lawsuit for "likeness"...the schools will :P
    Ahh... I just recently gave '14 up for various reasons but I miss this franchise and always think about what could have been. I have no doubt the NCAA games will be back one day but not anytime soon.
    Dazraz
    If I were EA I would sign up just the NCAA license. Beyond that I would make everything else generic but with a comprehensive system to Edit & Transfer Teams/Logos/Uniforms/Rosters. Trust me, in no time at all we will have an authentic Collegiate Football game in no time at all. The fan base for this franchise will ensure that.

    This is what I think will eventually happen. EA will sign the licenses for schools, conferences, awards, bowl games, and football playoff. Everything else will be as generic as generic can be, to the point where players are randomly created every time you start a new dynasty. From there, the user can edit to their hearts content.
    countryboy
    This is what I think will eventually happen. EA will sign the licenses for schools, conferences, awards, bowl games, and football playoff. Everything else will be as generic as generic can be, to the point where players are randomly created every time you start a new dynasty. From there, the user can edit to their hearts content.

    I'd imagine there is some preliminary legal/exploratory work going on as we speak.
    All they had to do was make all Caucasian players African American and all African American players Caucasian and walaaaa we would still be playing lol. Ed O'Bannon and Sam Keller can kick rocks.
    pietasterp
    It's interesting that in this day and age of incredible hardware and ever-improving games in virtually every other genre, sports gaming has never been in worse shape. There is 1 option for NFL, NBA, and NHL. There is no baseball game on Xbox. There are no college sports games period. It's almost like sports games are moving backwards as the rest of the industry moves forward....
    I can't even go back and play the last release (NCAA 14) because it's not for sale on the Xbox marketplace and is at borderline extortionist prices at places that do have the game! Interesting times, fellas.

    You can thank EA for that because now not only is NCAA Football 14 $44 at GameStop but so is NCAA Basketball 10! My thing is if you're gonna jack the prices back up on a game that old, you should at least make it backwards compatible.
    Anybody seen Fairdale Kings lately? Can I send him my memory card and get it back in time for release with rosters done?
    That was fun to read and imagine. But here's my question. Without adding gameplay changes or modes. Could ncaa 14 be remastered like they did the last of us or other games that had their graphics improved for ps4 or Xbox one? 
    balljonesjr
    That was fun to read and imagine. But here's my question. Without adding gameplay changes or modes. Could ncaa 14 be remastered like they did the last of us or other games that had their graphics improved for ps4 or Xbox one?*

    My guess is no because EA does not own the NCAA license anymore, which is something people don't talk that much about when it comes to there being no more football game. Also EA said at the time that they were still going to make a college football game. Shortly before NCAA 14 released, the NCAA decided to end its licensing agreement with EA. It was in June of 2014 that the contract ended and it was never renewed. Also I heard while licensing to this weeks Press Row Podcast that even if a new game were to have come out with the NCAA license that not all the conferences or schools would have been the game. The big name that was dropped was Ohio State.
    Here's a link to the Press Row Podcast, I would give it a listen as it gives some reasons why we won't be seeing a new College Football game for some time.
    http://hitthepass.com/press-row-podcast-four-years-since-ncaa-footballs-cancellation/
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    bad_philanthropy
    An entire college class has gone through their undergrad with no CFB game. :jpshakehe:jpshakehe

    On that note, which player (or team, I suppose) do you think would have been the most fun in the past 4 years to play the game with?
    TarHeelPhenom
    All they had to do was make all Caucasian players African American and all African American players Caucasian and walaaaa we would still be playing lol. Ed O'Bannon and Sam Keller can kick rocks.

    It doesn't even have to be that extreme. Just don't make the players in any way resemble the actual player. For instance, Georgia RB could still be a Black dude. But don't make him 5'10", 215 and have Chubbs number and be one of the best RBS in the country.
    Personally, I think that premade rosters that are far removed enough legally from the likeness claim (if you get a chance check out how 2k handles the college players in MC, or even the players in the classic teams who they don't have the rights for) is the way to go. Randomizing and editing still seems a little risky to me. Any vehicle that could be used to infringe on players likeness like editing and definitely sharing would be axed, IMO. Let's be honesty, that's the first thing we'd do with it. LOL
    It's not about winning the lawsuit, it still costs money to litigate these things and I'd thing the publishers and schools would avoid that at all costs.
    TarHeelPhenom
    You can thank EA for that because now not only is NCAA Football 14 $44 at GameStop but so is NCAA Basketball 10! My thing is if you're gonna jack the prices back up on a game that old, you should at least make it backwards compatible.
    Anybody seen Fairdale Kings lately? Can I send him my memory card and get it back in time for release with rosters done?

    I don't think it's on EA. Its economics. These games aren't made anymore so the current supply is marked up. Plus we don't know when or if they will ever return so those of us with them hold on to it. Funny, repurchased NCAA football on a whim from the Sony store for like 7$ 2 years ago. Now it's not available anymore in the store and it's like 60$ on Amazon. I'm glad I jumped on it when I did!
    So just my 2 cents...
    What's dope is how gaming communities have come together the last 5-6 yrs. I think that's where gaming is headed anyway, more community modding and customization/sharing. That actually makes a game more valuable when you can give the consumer the ability to shape it even further.
    GTA is a game with a solid engine, and the community shapes it and brings it far & beyond what Rockstar could do. For college sports, thats something we could do as well. And they wouldn't need to develop a new game every year, provided they do utility updates. Periodically for lighting, textures, stadiums, commentary, bugs/glitches, and the gameplay engine, or whatever...we'd be set for another 5 years...
    All we need is Licensing for:
    - Conferences
    - Schools
    - Bowl Games
    - Awards
    - Venues/stadiums
    - Maybe brands, nike, adidas, under armor etc.
    - ESPN, ABC, FSN etc
    Let us do the modding for rosters, schedules, stadium sounds, uni's, recruiting classes, and *detailed sliders that affect more aspects of the gameplay.
    Lastly, the fact that 2K & Madden are licensing schools, i think they're seriously checking the temperature of that possibility. Especially 2k. Look at the amount and variation of schools they've been licensing the last 3 yrs. We might see a college hoops first... What y'all think?
    I have from guys in the know that have been told point blank to read NOTHING into the schools getting involved with Madden and 2K.
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    jkits

    All we need is Licensing for:
    - Conferences
    - Schools
    - Bowl Games
    - Awards
    - Venues/stadiums
    - Maybe brands, nike, adidas, under armor etc.
    - ESPN, ABC, FSN etc
    Let us do the modding for rosters, schedules, stadium sounds, uni's, recruiting classes, and *detailed sliders that affect more aspects of the gameplay.
    Lastly, the fact that 2K & Madden are licensing schools, i think they're seriously checking the temperature of that possibility. Especially 2k. Look at the amount and variation of schools they've been licensing the last 3 yrs. We might see a college hoops first... What y'all think?

    All we need are the liscenced schools and stuff. If a AAA college game ever appeared on PC it would live forever. I think we'd see a college football game return before we would college basketball, though. Football is where the money and excitement is. Remember the big hub bub when EA tweeted I think a heartbeat monitor from the NCAA football account? People went nuts! Im intrigued by Madden simply because i want to see next gen college football. Even if we cant play and its scripted.
    Although, 2K is making crazy money from MyCareer, MYTeam and the park so it may be worth it to do it with college. Have your player play all 4 years if you like. That game is selling 7 or 8 million copies a year so I imagine they could get some solid sales numbers and then add in with the micro transactions to be profitable. Who knows? I honestly just like talking college sports and what could be.
    Junior Moe
    All we need are the liscenced schools and stuff. If a AAA college game ever appeared on PC it would live forever. I think we'd see a college football game return before we would college basketball, though. Football is where the money and excitement is. Remember the big hub bub when EA tweeted I think a heartbeat monitor from the NCAA football account? People went nuts! Im intrigued by Madden simply because i want to see next gen college football. Even if we cant play and its scripted.
    Although, 2K is making crazy money from MyCareer, MYTeam and the park so it may be worth it to do it with college. Have your player play all 4 years if you like. That game is selling 7 or 8 million copies a year so I imagine they could get some solid sales numbers and then add in with the micro transactions to be profitable. Who knows? I honestly just like talking college sports and what could be.

    Yea bro I can dig it..
    Junior Moe
    All we need are the liscenced schools and stuff. If a AAA college game ever appeared on PC it would live forever. I think we'd see a college football game return before we would college basketball, though. Football is where the money and excitement is. Remember the big hub bub when EA tweeted I think a heartbeat monitor from the NCAA football account? People went nuts! Im intrigued by Madden simply because i want to see next gen college football. Even if we cant play and its scripted.

    Seeing that, and hearing no plans were in the works, was the single most disappointing gaming moment of my life.
    Probably a zero chance we ever see this on PlayStation Now, right?
    So what was with that heartbeat teaser EA put out last year? Is there potential for that to be ANYTHING in the future? Does Madden having the Longhorns help clue us in on anything?
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    I almost cried reading this and thinking back to the good ol days of NCAA games, I wish I could recruit right now. Regardless of the developer I just want them back!

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