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NCAA Football 07

MobyRank MobyScore
Xbox 360
78
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PlayStation 2
89
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Xbox
86
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Another update of EA's perennial NCAA collegiate football franchise, this edition features updated rosters and stats. It also has new features such as a momentum meter, the more players either in favor or against a team, the more the meter will light up or darken, affecting the teams morale and success of plays. It also has a new kicking meter along with spring drills, letting players update their stats along with a new Spring Game where players can scout out their new players in exhibition games.

Aside from the PSP version, Campus Legend is also a novelty - an update of the Race for the Heisman mode of the previous edition and it is quite similar to the NFL Superstar mode from the Madden franchise. A new player starts at football camp, practises and is eventually awarded a scholarship to play in a division. Rather than a single drill, it is now a series of four. Where in the previous version players could choose a scholarship, the game now offers a selection from the available schools based on the performances. Once enrolled, players choose a major, follow progress reports, read headlines in the school newspaper and have a dorm room where fan mail arrives. The player's girlfriend, shown as a photo of the wall, becomes more beautiful based on the success in the games. Days consist of attending classes, practice, studying, meeting tutors, drills or social activities. These can also boost popularity and overall success. Characters can be uploaded to Madden 07 where it can determine their draft position. The game is also aligned with ESPN, updating with real news from ESPN Radio and ESPN.com. It features the voice talents of Lee Corso, Brad Nessler and Kirk Herbstreit.

The 360 version lacks the Spring Drills and Campus Legend modes. Instead it has improved graphics and a series of mini-games.

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The Press Says

TeamXbox Xbox Jul 18, 2006 8.8 out of 10 88
IGN PlayStation 2 Jul 17, 2006 8.7 out of 10 87
Gamers' Temple, The Xbox 360 Aug 07, 2006 85 out of 100 85
Game Revolution Xbox Jul 28, 2006 B+ 83
Maxim Magazine Xbox Jul 17, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Yahoo! Games PSP Jul 19, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Netjak Xbox 360 Jan 16, 2007 7.3 out of 10 73
GameZone PSP Jul 27, 2006 7.3 out of 10 73
Game Vortex PSP Aug 08, 2006 72 out of 100 72
Video Game Talk Xbox Sep 09, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

Server shutdown

Electronic Arts closed the game's online servers for the Xbox 360 version on 8th February 2011.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – #2 Xbox Game of the Year
    • 2006 – #6 PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2006 – Xbox Sports Game of the Year
    • 2006 – PS2 Sports Game of the Year
    • 2006 – Xbox Online Multiplayer Game of the Year
    • 2006 – PS2 Online Multiplayer Game of the Year

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