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It's hard to believe the amount of improvements made to last year's outstanding Bill Walsh game. College Football '96 is a must for both football fanatics and the occasional fan.
College Football USA '96 is a complete package: all the college teams, all the college rules, and all the greatness of the Madden engine. All-new art is a big addition, and the expanded number of teams is a major plus.
This game is very detailed. Before the referee makes the call, you can see the flag on the field. You had better keep it clean! The refs are tough and will throw flags for late hits, holding and an assortment of other infractions. One of the coolest features of this game - besides having college football's top team names and logos - is that you can make diving catches and diving tackles.
All of the options and the complete team roster make this game a college football fan's dream, but we're still waiting to see the new version of College Football National Championship (Sega) before we pick a national champ.
When I completed a handful of games for this review, I thought of the perfect analogy to sum it all up: have you ever been to a neighborhood store or bar and the national conglomerate bought it out? That's the feeling I get from College Football USA '96, that it has lost its soul. But hey, it's football, right? It's a great game on its own merits, but I want a game that's more "local watering hole" and less "Buffalo Wild Wings."
Since a new version of this game with updated stats is put out every year, it isn't exactly a must-have. However, if you'd like to see what very well may be the most influential college football game of the 1990s or would just like to play as some of the big names available, College Football USA 96 is very much worth checking out.