When reviewing EA Sports’ yearly college football release, it’s ideal to have someone who’s at least a casual fan of the sport holding the controller.
When someone who watches college football from dawn ‘til dusk (and later), reads all preseason magazines, blogs, studies uniforms from equipment to aesthetics and everything in between reviews the game, then you get the genuine article – literally.
That someone is me. The NCAA Football 13 demo’s downloaded, so let’s get to it, shall we?
(Note: For those wondering, I have a PS3 going to a 1080i screen)
- Dynasty Mode
The glimpse you’ll get in the demo is courtesy of three big-time week ten games from the 2012 season: Kansas State vs. Baylor, Southern Cal vs. Oregon and Alabama vs. LSU. I tried my hand at all three.
- No. 5 Oregon vs. No. 3 USC
The tone was set perfectly. Aside from an oddly emotionless Trojan jamming his sword into the turf, the atmosphere was electric. If I was a USC fan, I’d be jacked about playing this game and, admittedly, as the “lowly” Oregon Ducks, I did feel a bit intimidated by my surroundings.
After kickoff, things settled down and I truly felt like I was part of an ABC or ESPN telecast. Yes, the commentary was rehashed, but I was having so much fun, I really didn’t care.
The trademark BottomLine scrolls other games going on that day complete with upset alerts and priority score updates. The feature appears to “dip” a bit, so I could only see about half in the middle of my TV. It could be the game, it could be on my end.
As the Ducks and Trojans clashed, a Studio Update broke in. It’s a cool feature meant to add evidence to the argument that you are actually participating in what you watch every fall…and it works eerily well.
Admittedly, the updates can be a bit jerky and I can see them interrupting the flow of a two minute drill or a faster game overall.
I don’t need to hear about Central Michigan knocking off Eastern Michigan when trying to score on No. 1 Oklahoma with 40 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, but the game seems to have a good balance of when to throw these at you.
As the game went on, I noticed the little things like Matt Barkley adjusting his facemask before going under center.
A great touch, especially considering Oregon defensive tackle Taylor Hart blessed the game with a Fat Guy Touchdown after the Gang Green defense knocked him for a loop, and the ball from his hands.
I had to cut this game short, so the surprise at the end of the next one caused my eyebrows to rise.