Offensive moves feel as if they’ve been tweaked this year, to the point of being ridiculously overpowering. Breaking tackles is far too easy with even a mediocre running back, and being powerless to stop an opponent after repeated hits is nothing short of ridiculous. This occurs far too often. It’s only fun until it happens to you.
Oddball glitches are everywhere. The ESPN radio updates when browsing the menu system come and go as they please, if they come at all. Bobbled snaps on extra points rule the play dead due to an incomplete pass, leaving the player no chance to recover. When taking over on defense, the play selection screen defaults to special teams of all things.
Asking Lee Corso once to choose a play leads to him picking something almost every time out from there, even if you specifically select a different means of play selection. In local multi-player, for the second year in a row, your opponent can easily view your play selection unless you use the bluff feature. There’s no need for it if the selection mode was changed to a classic multi-button selection process.
Graphically, NCAA 08 is bland and outdated. Player models are fair at best (though they animate wonderfully), and the field is flat and muddy. Stadiums are gorgeous for those schools that feature accurate recreations. Sadly, things such as sideline details and the crowd are awful. They never sit down the entire game.
Making strides in some areas and falling back in others, this mixed edition of the wildly popular EA Sports franchise will undoubtedly please followers. Those who rightfully expect more will find this a casual weekend rental. There’s simply nothing here to justify the extra $10 for this generation of football games in NCAA 08.
NCAA Football 08 is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB. This game can also be found on: PS3, Xbox, PS2.