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We could ramble on about other improvements -- in fact, we will. The Heisman difficulty level seems really balanced for the first time in years. The running game is great, with grind-it-out yardage available inside and game-breaking moves to be had outside. User picks and user catching is enjoyable and spot-on controlwise, offering those with stick skills a true advantage. The only thing missing, in fact, seems to be a tailgate, a grill, and some food and beverages. Those without the next-gen need not worry. NCAA Football 07 for the PS2 is an ESPN/EA instant classic.
I don't really have much negative to say about the game. If I was to nitpick I could say things like there was too much in-game advertising . While I don't mind Coke sponsoring the kickoff with just graphics, I do have a problem hearing the announcer talk about Old Spice every time I'm in the red zone. It's not that I like Coke that much more than Old Spice, although I do, but more of simple graphics compared to voice advertising. I also can't say I like the way EA make you either pay $2 to play online or to waive the $2 you have to agree to let ESPN spam you.
Considering the technical limitations of the Playstation 2, NCAA 2007 is damn close to being a perfect game. Graphically, the game still manages to outperform last year's title, with updated character models and sharper on-field visuals, though it still suffers from a few bland and clunky character animations (most noticeable in the crowd close-ups and visually weak ESPN gameday introductions). The thundering audio boasts the usual set of booming marching tunes and top-notch commentary, although Lee Corso's ultra-annoying observations wear thin rather quickly. Even the AI seems to have undergone a few tweaks, as last year's unreliable pass blocking and pass coverage have been improved along with the increased difficulty in scoring on kickoff and punt returns. Not surprisingly, NCAA 2007 is a no-brainer buy for college football fans, and well worth a look from even the most casual of sports gamers.
NCAA Football 07 for PS2 may not look as good as the Xbox 360 version, but it is by far more full-featured. There are tons of modes in the game promising countless of gameplay. The atmosphere and enthusiasm that the game portrays are amazing, second only to the Xbox 360 version.
It seems like EA Sports is going to keep on chuggin’ when it comes to their NCAA Football series. Time and time again we see them make improvements to the series, and this one proves that they’ve mastered development of this series. Unlike most developers, when EA decides to make changes in their games, they also keep the “favorite” modes in there. From just plain old quick play to the hilarious Mascot mode, everything is in NCAA Football 07. It’ll be hard to think of where EA should start with next year’s game, but here’s to hoping it’s in revamping the franchise mode once again. But in the end, is NCAA Football 07 worth your time? It definitely is, no matter what version of the game you choose. The console versions of the game will keep you busy until next year, or at least until Madden NFL 07 comes out; the Xbox 360 version stands tall among other collegiate sports games on the console; and the PSP version is the perfect way to showcase your school pride on the go.
Overall, this title is another best-seller in the long-standing series, and with added features such as improved graphics, momentum meter, endless “tweakability” and more, you really can’t go wrong here. It is the perfect companion for those hazy Autumn skies, and will astronomically increase your knowledge of both players and the game itself, for the upcoming college football season.
There simply is no way to underestimate the passion fans have for the game of college football. By once again capturing that electric atmosphere in NCAA 07, and combining it with an ever-evolving set of control tweaks and gameplay modes, EA Sports has created a game that no fan of football video games--be they college or pro--will want to be without.
With a bevy of options, some tweaking to the kicking mechanics (almost to the point where you think you are playing golf with the kicker’s leg), and all the other accoutrements in the game modes, EA’s NCAA Football 07 is a joyful gridiron game. The game does have a few short games, but still manages to convert on third down in the fun arena. For those who have owned the 2006 version, the changes are plenty but may not be enough to warrant a purchase – unless you are looking for improved gameplay mechanics; but for college football fans who don’t have an NCAA video game, this is a sure-fire winner.
NCAA Football 07 manages to capture the back and forth emotional tide of the college experience quite well with this year's inclusion of the momentum mechanic. True, it may turn teams into superhuman squads on both sides of the ball when they're fully pumped up, but the feeling that the game can swing on just about any play is a welcome addition for any player that wants to feel like Captain Comeback. Tie in the additional changes made for both offense and defense, as well as the trick plays and playbooks and you're looking at a great football title for NCAA fans.
When making a decision on the Xbox 360 version of NCAA 07, it really boils down to whether you can stomach losing out on single-player depth in favor of improved visuals and stadium experience. On its own merit, this title provides near-perfect football gameplay with a decent dynasty mode. But when stacked next to the Xbox and PS2, its hard to justify the extra ten dollar price tag for a less extensive overall experience.
And apparently, the same goes for EA. Over the past six years they’ve released six great college football games for current-gen systems, and that tradition doesn’t end here. With the enhanced Campus Legend content, realistic momentum system, excellent “Get the Jump” mechanic and the tried-and-true core gameplay, this is another championship season from the official alma mater of college football games. Go team.
This presents an interesting dilemma. You have a choice of either settling for a less attractive game on an older system, or paying more for a title that's lacking in features, but has awesome graphics. This bizarre move by EA marred what would've been a perfectly good entry in the series. Hopefully they'll give us a complete experience across the board next year, rather than holding things back.