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NCAA 07 Football is the most complete version of a console title in years. EA Sports took their time in creating a deep football gaming experience with its extensive gameplay modes and clear visuals. NCAA 07 Football should be a model of what developers can do with the PSP and truly make it a PlayStation Portable, which is what Sony had intended from the beginning.
Never played EA's awesome NCAA Football game before? Welcome back to Earth! How was your stay aboard the mothership? You have played NCAA Football before? Then rent before buying.
NCAA Football 07 for PSP may not look as good as the console versions but it is very full-featured, almost matching the PSP version feature for feature. Even though the spring minigames and Campus Legend modes are gone, there are still tons of modes in the game promising countless of gameplay. The atmosphere and enthusiasm that the game portrays are remarkable, especially for a portable title.
I was impressed (and saddened) that the PSP actually surpassed the 360 in ESPN authenticity, bringing back both the magazine and radio as well as the real-world sports ticker. And all of those cinematic camera angles, tight zooms, and slow-motion moments really add some excitement to college football.
To the general public, Madden is EA's top football franchise. But we've recently found NCAA Football to be consistently more entertaining and a better model of the game overall. Fortunately for those with a PSP, that's the case with the portable version as well. It's a more robust and enjoyable showing than Madden offered, and a generally solid game of football.
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.
In all, NCAA Football 07 is a good option for the devoted college-football faithful, and the PSP version brings more quality than quantity. Here's hoping future installments of the PSP series not only bring the game up to the console's standards in terms of sheer content but also make use of the inherent advantages of the handheld platform (such as letting you synchronize your dynasty between the PSP and console versions of the game). For now, it's nice to know that you can bring the passion of college pigskin with you, no matter where you go.
While it isn’t going to win any awards, NCAA Football 07 does something even more important - it makes you feel a little bit better about all that money you spent on your PSP. And as much as we wish the whole thing was bigger, stronger and faster, we’re happy with it just the way it is and recommend recruiting it for your PSP collection.
Unlike the excellent console version, NCAA Football 07 for the PSP isn’t the best college football game you’ll play but it has enough pigskin action to keep fans of the sport in the game for a long while. The unfortunate choice to leave out mini-games, the great Campus Legend mode and some extra goodies is upsetting but what we have here is a football game that doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the college football scene.
NCAA 07 does some things right and other things wrong. The number of glitches found within really tarnishes what it could have been. If you’re a hardcore college football fan, or a football fan that just can’t wait for a portable football game, NCAA Football 07 is a decent pickup. If you can hold off, you might want to wait for Madden.
But if you crave some college gridiron action, and there's no console in reach, NCAA Football 07 will fit the bill. It doesn't really feel fresh or different, but it's quality video-game football served up with a little style on the side.
There's always room for that, isn't there?
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. Unfortunately, the inaccurate yardage tracking basically removes the running game, and makes this year's NCAA Football a title only for players who like to air the ball out.
The Video Game Critic
If you're into college football and want to play it on the go, NCAA 07 has everything you need.
NCAA Football 07 for the PSP would have made a great console game of college football. The core gameplay is enjoyable enough, and would be more so if it weren't for the run marking bug, but there is little about the game that makes it seem designed for a handheld platform. Dynasty mode might keep you occupied for 10 seasons, but the absence of both the spring drills minigames and an in-game save feature make NCAA 07 inadequate for short gaming sessions. Unless either the PSP is your primary game platform or you can’t live on the road without college football, NCAA Football 07 is difficult to recommend.
While the game isn't perfect, it's undoubtedly solid enough to warrant a purchase for college football enthusiasts, if for the dynasty mode alone. Mixed with all of the elements that made the PS2 games successes, NCAA Football 2007 for the PSP is a fun hybrid to waste time with while on-the-go, despite some control issues and a serious error in the running game.
Video Game Generation
In my experience, team sports games have never really been that good on portable systems. As long as the Game Boy line dominated the portable realm, each hardware release in the series was always a step or two below current consoles both in power and the number of buttons. While the PSP has the same problem (one analog stick, slightly sub-PS2 power, one set of shoulder buttons, etc.), technology has advanced to the point that a reasonable facsimile of a sports game’s console counterpart is now possible.