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For all that it does right, perhaps it’s telling that this series has improved its presentation off of the field, while still lacking some of it on the field. It’s these kind of intangibles (and those above) that need to be addressed to unify all of NCAA’s elements – as well as some of them are done – to create the ultimate college football experience.
While these additions are welcome, it feels like EA skimped a bit on the stuff that happens after the kickoff. The in-game presentation doesn't have much of a college football feel to it, and the amount of turnovers will likely frustrate many hardcore fans. But even with these issues, NCAA Football 08 is a great game and another step in the right direction for the franchise.
If EA had managed to get themselves acquainted with the PS3's hardware by now, this would've been a fantastic sports title. But as is, 30 frames per second is not 60, and that just brings the entire game down. They have a lot of good ideas, here, and while not every idea works flawlessly, this is an effectively robust college football experience, one that should've been a must-half for college gridiron aficionados. Instead, it's merely good, and we unfortunately cannot recommend the PS3 version over the 360 version, because it's fairly obvious that at this point, EA Sports/Tiburon simply has a better grasp of one and doesn't understand enough of the other. But despite the technical shortcomings, NCAA Football 08 is a solid production that delivers several gameplay surprises and innovations. And we give credit where credit's due. Just fix the damn frames per second conundrum, EA!
NCAA Football 08 is the only college football game on the market, and while it's not a bad choice, it's an example of misappropriated resources. The things that weren't broken have been changed, and lingering issues have gone untouched. With that said, there's plenty of game here, and the problems aren't enough to detract from the overall joy of taking your alma mater to the promised land.
For the title's first steps upon the PS3, this isn't the kind of debut you'd hope to see for NCAA Football. Running at 30 frames per second and only 720p makes this a graphically inferior title to the 360 version of the game, which is truly unfortunate, since the game is quite good otherwise. If the title was released a month or two later, this could have been an impressive or even great game, but instead, it has to settle for being a good one.
This is a game that could have been much better. It is entertaining, and has great animations, but stumbles in odd places. Football is a game that is tough to really capture, with 22 bodies perform individual actions during a set span of time. NCAA Football 08 is a good title, maybe one of the best in the franchise’s history on the PlayStation platforms, but it could have been much better.
Overall, I enjoyed playing Dynasty mode, and greatly enjoyed the mini-game mode. Multiplayer mode also works well, both online and off. I can't really rate this one too badly, only because it is fun to play. I just wish that it looked a little nicer, and there was more depth of gameplay added to the Campus Legend mode. But if you're looking for an enjoyable football game, and don't expect too terribly much, then NCAA football 08 won't disappoint.
As mentioned at the start of the review, NCAA Football 08 is the first college football game released for the PlayStation 3, and boy does it show. If you’re looking at this game on its own without knowing anything about the Xbox 360 version, it’s not bad and at least worth a rental. Knowing the Xbox 360 version looks (and plays) so much better, it’s tough to get excited about this game on a $500 console.