Ali G Bomaye

June 6th, 2012 at 12:18 PM ^

EA has historically been pretty bad at aggregating player ratings (or, at the very least, the aggregated rating isn't a simple average).  But I think part of the reason for this is that a team's aggregate strength isn't necessarily just the average of their offense and defense.  For instance, EA might rate Michigan's offense as better than 94/100 of the other offenses in the NCAA and their defense better than 91/100 of the defenses.  But since it's hard to have both a good offense and a good defense, this might make their team better than 97/100 of the teams in the NCAA.

Obviously some other factors go into these numbers, but I think this is the general idea.


June 5th, 2012 at 5:51 PM ^

Are they gonna actually incorporate neutral site games this year ? In the game last year I played a season with Oregon and had to play the first game at LSU NOT cowboy stadium


June 5th, 2012 at 7:30 PM ^

Terrible. I will not buy NCAA this year, for the first time in a while. I will take a long hard look at Madden though. I think they have a new physics engine this year, but I don't think they have fantasy draft, which kinda sucks.


June 5th, 2012 at 8:26 PM ^

First, NCAA 12 was an excellent game that incorporated a lot of new features like Coaching Carousel and Conference Changes. The issue was the gameplay which after reading reviews of the demo sounds like the gameplay is improved, if not amazing.

Second, don't buy the game on release. Wait two weeks for truly dedicated individuals to re-do their rosters and adjust likenessess (Denard w/dreads), ratings, names, etc. and also for a decent slider set to emerge.

EDIT: I realize "excellent" may be a bit of a leap. It wasn't excellent, but it was good outside of the super-jumping LBs and psychic DBs, and the problems running screens, options, or play action. Okay, fine, the gameplay was bad. But, COACHING CAROUSEL. CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT. I loved that ish.


June 5th, 2012 at 10:33 PM ^

I'm gonna chalk Texas as a 99 overall to be a typo because that is IMPOSSILBE. I watched seval of their games and Ash will be no higher than an 86. No chance they have a 99 OFFENSE. 


June 5th, 2012 at 11:58 PM ^

Everytime I buy this game I get really excited at first. Then I realize that Denard always gets hurt and it is the same game every year. They barely change anything.


June 6th, 2012 at 1:31 AM ^

My biggest issue w/this game is the amount of time they force you to spend on recruiting.  In the old ones, you would just put recruiting points on players.  Now you have to work on each player individually and each one take a few each week and it's way too much of a time committment/


June 6th, 2012 at 3:30 AM ^

I used to love recruiting but now if im playing several seasons I hate it. 30 minutes every week if you really want to get dialed in. Just give me an end of the year only recruiting option so it doesnt take 17 hours to play a season.

Darth Wolverine

June 6th, 2012 at 12:08 PM ^

I put my recruiting on automatic and let the computer do it. It really is too much work and EA added that extra recruiting stuff (I think) in the 2010 game. The first time it was added, I thought it was really cool, but it really is a burden and takes away from the fun of playing the game, so that is why I just let the computer do it. Also, if you don't want to deal with the recruiting, then play a season with Michigan and then play multiple seasons with other teams in other conferences. It makes it more fun for me and I get bored playing the same teams over and over, hence the reason I like to try other teams in multiple conferences.

Darth Wolverine

June 6th, 2012 at 9:01 AM ^

I took a year off from this game and didn't buy it last year, but I pre-ordered this year's game a month ago. I got it via Amazon for $40.00. If anyone is looking for a discounted price on the new game, it's now listed as $45 on Amazon and as everyone probably knows, you don't pay taxes and shipping (over $25 that is) to Amazon.


June 6th, 2012 at 10:17 AM ^

Virginia Tech 99 D. :o 

Been in NCAA hibernation since 06, so I might get this one. Hear a lot of complaints about gameplay though, "rocket catching", inaccurate defensive play, et cetera 


June 6th, 2012 at 3:19 PM ^

These ratings are a joke. I wont make a comment about Michigans, but LSU with 99 offense? MSU with a better offensive rating than their defensive rating? According to player ratings, MSU's best player is the kicker, and William Gholston isn't even in the top 10. I really hope these are still a work in progress


June 6th, 2012 at 6:20 PM ^

The only time I ever really liked Madden and NCAA was drafting and recruiting.  I ended up always getting pissed off instead as things always seemed to be too random for me.