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GameTap has posted an interview with Kendall Boyd, Product Manager for NCAA Football 09.
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GameTap: "What's the hook for NCAA Football 09? How has the gameplay changed?"

Kendall Boyd: "The big focus this year is about wide-open gameplay and the college atmosphere. If you went to the National Championship last season, it was all about electricity. We want you to be able to feel the electricity as best you can when you go in and play the game. You do that by making it a more wide-open experience in terms of giving guys more ankle-breaking jukes. At the same time, when you hit the hole immediately at the line of scrimmage, you'll find your opening. But if you're playing against a lesser team, that hole will open, and after running five or 10 yards, it might come down to a footrace. Blocking is one of the big keys to that and [it's] the area the dev team is really concentrating on right now."

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# 1 Sausage @ 03/07/08 03:44 PM
I'll believe it when I rent it and see it. If I have enough will power I will wait until the patches are out before I play NCAA or its big brother.
 
# 2 Jistic @ 03/07/08 04:17 PM
I'm buying this anyway...but...


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Boyd talks about how Madden stepped up in 08 and it's NCAA's turn to finally rise back to prominence when it hits stores July 15.



Wow....we're just doomed!
 
# 3 fistofrage @ 03/07/08 04:19 PM
Talk is chEAp.
 
# 4 SageInfinite @ 03/07/08 04:36 PM
Sounds like they're working on the atmosphere and presentation. Me LIKES . I wont get excited yet tho.
 
# 5 Soonerd2 @ 03/07/08 04:52 PM
Better be more than chearleaders.
 
# 6 mva5580 @ 03/07/08 05:05 PM
"I think one of the things for us is really focusing on making the transition over to the PS3 and 360. We're in our third year now, and we're finally at a point where we understand the software, the developers know the ins and outs of it,........"

So he's essentially admitting that we shouldn't waste our money on games within the first couple years of a new system because the developers learning curve is so slow that it takes 3 years of development for a game to actually be worth buying.

Thanks for the confirmation, I appreciate it.
 
# 7 davin @ 03/07/08 05:25 PM
All this sounds great, but a lot of the article was really just the typical talk. I'll buy this anyways. I think we'll have to wait awhile still to really figure out if this stuff is actually coming to fruition the way they say.
 
# 8 DLaren @ 03/07/08 05:41 PM
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We want to show the contrast between the home and away teams. The sidelines are now populated and you'll see cheerleaders doing stunts. When you looked at it on PS2, the cheerleaders were part of a cutscene. Now, you'll be driving down the field and you'll see them on the sideline doing stunts and cheers in unison, and it's really cool.
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The moves are on both sticks, and you still have the ability to do moves off the button controls. But now, much like when you play Fight Night, you can rotate the analog stick to go into a spin move, and instead of just letting that animation play out, you can now go from animation to animation and juke to juke by your control. It's all about the fluidity.

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A lot of the multiple tackle hits that you'll see are all the results of our new mo-cap. Foot-pinning is another big focus, so you can actually see the cuts. When a runner hits and plants, you'll actually be able to see the leverage of the weight.

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The influence you're going to see this year is more about the strategic side of the playbook.


Good lookin out on the article, this info made my day.
 
# 9 baumy300 @ 03/07/08 05:49 PM
Awesome job!

I don't know boys, this guy sounds like he knows what he's talking about...

I like that they are addressing the atmosphere issues and the uniforms, stadiums, etc.

I have faith in this years version. He even says it's all about gameplay. Awesome.
 
# 10 therizing02 @ 03/07/08 05:51 PM
I knew I shouldn't have read this July 15th can't get here fast enough.
 
# 11 rolltide1017 @ 03/07/08 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by mva5580
So he's essentially admitting that we shouldn't waste our money on games within the first couple years of a new system because the developers learning curve is so slow that it takes 3 years of development for a game to actually be worth buying.

Thanks for the confirmation, I appreciate it.
No, he's saying that EA's dev team has a 3 year learning curve. Other developers seem to grasp each system quicker, look at MLB 08 The Show. They are only in there second year on the PS3 and have pretty much nailed it IMO. NCAA is always an automatic buy for me each year but, these articles build up the hype so much that the final product can't live up to the hype. Everything sounds great in that article if it is true but, this stuff usually doesn't turn out as great as they make it sound. The one thing I want the most is improved gameplay (always want this) and vastly improved atmosphere. They have got to get the college atmosphere back to where it was on the Xbox and PS2 and quick IMO.
 
# 12 mva5580 @ 03/07/08 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by rolltide1017
No, he's saying that EA's dev team has a 3 year learning curve.
Sooooooooooo, what exactly is the difference? It's total BS that it takes these guys 3 years to figure out a system when they release a game every single year. That just doesn't cut it. To me that equals these games not being worth a purchase for the first 2 years if they're still figuring things out.

I'll keep that in mind from now on.
 
# 13 J-Unit40 @ 03/07/08 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by therizing02
I knew I shouldn't have read this July 15th can't get here fast enough.
LOL. I'm the same way. Call me a sucker. Cuz I'm hyped already for July 15th! Damn you EA. I just hope it's not all talk and no show.

Good find on the article.

Edit: I'm really hyped up now! The paragraph about the juking system is something I have put in the Wishlists for 2 years in a row. And the comments about the playbooks have me pumped. There will be all types of the spread now.

Better gameplay & better presentation and atmosphere will equal a better game.
 
# 14 Rocky @ 03/07/08 07:06 PM
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Kendall Boyd: A lot of the multiple tackle hits that you'll see are all the results of our new mo-cap. Also, when we were talking about the wide-open controls, now on the left stick, a place where we've never had any moves, now you can go left-to-right on the left stick and you will do a Barry Sanders-esque shimmy. It's really sweet and that's something that came from the motion-capture. Foot-pinning is another big focus, so you can actually see the cuts. When a runner hits and plants, you'll actually be able to see the leverage of the weight. We've also added all-new player models. When you look at an NFL player, they're much more chiseled. Look at a college lineman: They still have muscle tone, but they also have some girth about them. We just want to get those differences between the two to help make the game, not only feel more authentic, but look it.
Looks like they've been playing some All-Pro Football.

This is great news.....hopefully eliminates the psychic DB's and superhuman LB's.
 
# 15 mvb34 @ 03/07/08 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by rolltide1017
No, he's saying that EA's dev team has a 3 year learning curve. Other developers seem to grasp each system quicker, look at MLB 08 The Show.
You can't use the Show as an example because it made by Sony and the people from Sony should know how to use their hardware!!

Take Two ported there basketball games over to next gen. I think EA's dev is right about the learning curve.
 
# 16 JBucc @ 03/07/08 07:30 PM
Sounds good. I'm pretty hyped about this game, probably more than most because I didn't buy 08. It's been over a year since I've played NCAA.
 
# 17 Shakedowncapo @ 03/07/08 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by mvb34
You can't use the Show as an example because it made by Sony and the people from Sony should know how to use their hardware!!
Oh then I guess Sony's NBA franchise should be up there. Point being, that is a horrible excuse. Those guys from "The Show" didnt get the hardware any earlier.
 
# 18 LionsFanNJ @ 03/07/08 09:52 PM
Its early but i like what i'm hearing. Seems like more user control and perhaps more individualized and varied playbooks
 
# 19 Chibi @ 03/07/08 10:23 PM
You know what would sell me on the game?

"We've managed to balance it out so that there aren't any fifteen-turnover games this year."

I don't care about jukes if the guy's just going to fumble, and I don't care about cheerleaders if Rice Stadium is packed for a 1-7 team. And formation subs for God's bloody sake.
 
# 20 tbomb9887 @ 03/07/08 10:44 PM
there better be D2 teams i wanna play with sum app state
 

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