- Heisman Challenge
I’m welcomed to the mode by Robert Griffin III telling me about his favorite moment from Baylor’s storybook 2012 season. While I like him, I didn’t come for idle chitchat.
At first, it seemed lame to be able to play as Heisman Trophy winners. Even more Tim Tebow to love as he beats Florida State 223-0! (Someone’s got to take down that record, right?)
Well, I could do that upon the game’s release. However, it could just as likely be Michigan, Texas or Oregon that Tebow terrifies as you’ll get to place any of the Heisman trophy winners at any, yes any, school.
Barry Sanders at Nebraska? Eric Crouch as a Sooner? Tebow as a Missouri Tiger seems funny for some reason.
While you don’t get to play as The Best-Known Backup in the demo, you do get to control RG3 while wearing the colors provided by one of six schools: Alabama, Kansas State, LSU, Oregon, Southern California or his actual alma mater, Baylor.
For the purpose of the review, I chose to keep things authentic…to begin with.
Playing as Griffin is much like playing as Brock McHardcheese, the quarterback you created in NCAA Football 12, but there was a function whose presence seemed irritating until I understood just what it was and why I should care.
Introducing Reaction Time:
(A clip of my gameplay from the near future)
By holding down a button, you can slow down time not unlike The Matrix or the hundred other video games that have copied Bullet Time thus far. The feature is slick, though and you only have 15 seconds of precious slo-mo to use over a given period, so you must choose wisely.
Your Reaction Time does reload throughout the course of the game, so if you’re having difficulty getting your Heisman winner his stats, no problem.
This addition underscores the fact that the mode is all about you, Golden Boy (or Girl). You’re going to have that special season and not even idiotic concepts like time and space are going to stop you.
While playing as Griffin was fun, since EA Sports offered me the ability to play as BizzaroG3, who am I to refuse?
The end of this round with the demo featured him in Eugene, Oregon running speed option and zone reads with DeAnthony Thomas and the Ducks.
- In Conclusion
The demo is, in a word, fun. I truly felt immersed in the game and for someone who hasn’t seen live action since last January, it was an oasis.
I’ll continue to play, not just because I want to unlock all of the Heisman heroes, but because it’s genuinely enjoyable.
I was somewhat sad once that oasis turned into a mirage after the power button chirped off, but if this is only a sliver of what EA Sports has in store, July 10 can’t get here soon enough.
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