NCAA Football 12
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Systems: Xbox 360, PS3
The first of EA's one-two football punch returns to kick off football season in style. The career modes really bring it this year. Road to Glory and Coaching Carousel are deep enough to keep you glued to your couch until the real athletes hit the field in September. In the revamped Road to Glory, you start as a high school senior playing Iron Man-style on both sides of the ball, vying for the attention of recruiters. Pick the best school after a full high school season and then proceed to chase the Heisman on whichever side of the ball you thrive. Coaching Carousel asks you to don the headset and climb the coaching ranks from lowly assistant to BCS champion. The only thing that could make the experience more real would be to add a bribes option to the recruiting process.
The look and feel of gameplay has benefited from another year with the graphics department, but the real cherry on top is the new school-specific pre-game traditions. Florida State's Chief Osceola, the Auburn eagle and the Sooner Schooner all make appearances this year and nail the emotions that come with big-time college football. Once the games start, there's nothing you can't customize, from your players and coaches to your playbooks to...your conferences? Yep, this year, there are no restrictions on which teams you put where, so fancy yourself a BCS committee member and fix yourself any ol' title match-up you want.
Score: 9 out of 10
Game Room Video Review: NCAA Football 12