OT: Best College FB Games?

Submitted by Mr. Owl on January 27th, 2015 at 6:33 PM

During the dark days of this past 2014 season, when all hope seemed lost, I doubted whether any games could be won and commits were dropping seemingly by the day, I needed something to make me feel better.

I used to love NCAA Football back in the day and had (still have) Front Office Football: The College Years, but with FOF I grew tired of getting all the guys I pretty much wanted & winning every gave but one every season, with most games being 72-7 or so.

There doesn't seem to be any recent college football PC games.  I picked up Bowl Bound College Football, but that's like 7-8 years old now (still pretty good & I'm enjoying it)

What other games are there?  Who's enjoying what?


MLD Woody

January 27th, 2015 at 6:45 PM ^

Man... Now I want a new NCAA Football game. Those were the best.

The only Xbox 360 game I still have (Xbox One now) is NCAA 14. With Denard on the cover, it is a collector's item :D

Yostbound and Down

January 27th, 2015 at 6:45 PM ^

I still rock NCAA 14 occasionally on my 360. Hoping they can get the licensing done to bring it back for the PS4/Xbox One, even if they don't someone will probably roll out updated rosters for next year. 

Have no knowledge of PC college football games since playing IBM All American College Football which I think came out in 95. Interested to research some of these

Yostbound and Down

January 27th, 2015 at 7:11 PM ^

It was my favorite of the series; although I didn't buy every year, I thought the playbooks were the most interesting of the series, particularly the different options, and for dynasties the recruiting was actually not a total pain in the ass for once.

If there was an easy to use playoff mod and conference builder mod (bring back the WAC) I don't think I'd even bother buying the new version (whenever it comes out, which yeah might be a long ways away.)


January 27th, 2015 at 7:07 PM ^

Still have a 360 and '14. But unfortunately since getting the Xbox 1 I've played it very little because of how slow the controls feel in comparison to new games. Crappy it's not compatible with xb1

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Mr. Owl

January 27th, 2015 at 7:33 PM ^

Does it have a coach mode?

Do you recruit & continue from season to season?

I haven't played console games since the Playstation 2 days.  I'm not coordinated enough to do more than 2 buttons.  Plus, I hate a game being based on MY throwing accurately & MY catching the ball.  Let me call a play & the players play.  If they can't, then I'll recruit guys who can.


January 27th, 2015 at 7:40 PM ^

They need one for the Wii. As the coach you can run up and down the sidelines, toss a red flag, and yell at refs when your opponent lines up in the neutral zone.


January 27th, 2015 at 7:46 PM ^

I know it's not College football but Madden '97 for SNES. If you knew the cheat codes, you could be the expansion Carolina Panthers or Jacksonville Jaguars before they even played in the NFL.


January 27th, 2015 at 7:50 PM ^

I remember before NCAA we used to play Gamebreaker on PS1. Ron Dayne was a beast. And before that Genesis had College Football's National Championship. They had a play, "TE Pop" that would work almost every time. It also had a glitch that allowed you to run the entire perimeter of the field for an entire quarter until you finally decided to allow your never-tiring player to cross the goal line. What better did a 10 year old have to do?


January 27th, 2015 at 8:36 PM ^

Built a dynasty and got to 2016 with it.  Won every game 255-7 except for the 2008 National Championship Game against Michigan, which I won 42-41 in the final minute.


January 27th, 2015 at 9:42 PM ^

I still have Bowl Bound on my laptop which I dust off once in a while. It fills the recruiting void since I gave my brother back his xbox 360 years ago. I love the rectuiting aspect even though it seems a little clunky compared to NCAA on the consoles. I picked the worst school (Idaho) and built up a decent program and won the conference title a few times. Then I got invited to join the Big Ten. I don't win many games now but haven't simmed enough seasons to tell if I can compete with the big names. Still a long way to go.

A few questions:

How hard would it be to create a college football text simulator like Bowl Bound? Creating something like that has always intrigued me but I lack the time and skills to even get started. If there is any kind of Kickstarter with this idea, somebody let me know.

How is there not a college football game already for iOS and Android? I know you wouldn't be able to use the college names and/or mascots. Maybe you couldn't even call it "college" football. But I think a dynasty type game where you get to build a program and recruit players would be awesome.


January 28th, 2015 at 12:47 AM ^

I loved Front Page Sports Footballpro '98 for the PC. I continued to play it for years and found it to be much more realistic feeling than Madden or the several other games I tried. Not a college game per se but I created my own rosters so it worked as such. Lot's of fun designing plays with the play editor. Only thing was you couldn't make it run any sort of option play, any sort of handoff or pitch had to be programmed into the play.


January 28th, 2015 at 1:26 AM ^

Since people were mentioning NCAA 14, I thought I'd pass along the fact that the PS3 version of the game is on sale this week on the PSN Store for $7.49.

(That's a digital copy, of course, so no rad Denard box art.)