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Worth Playing (Aug 04, 2008)
There's something absolutely magical about college football season. Every Saturday afternoon during the fall months, dorms empty, alumni load into their cars, and the marching band struts its stuff to bring the whole campus together in a celebration of one of America's most beloved sports. While great professional football teams can pull in 60,000 to 80,000 fans on a given week, the elite teams of college football routinely seat over 100,000 partisans, making the big rivalry game an event that every fan should experience at least once in his or her life. This year, NCAA Football 09 is more about the emotion and pageantry than ever, and the result is one terrific game.
1UP (Jul 15, 2008)
The 2007 NCAA football season was downright thrilling, even for softcore viewers, as the top ranking was tossed from school to school (unranked teams bounced top-5 teams a record 12 times). But as gripping as last fall's real NCAA season was, we can sum up why this fall will trump it in two words: online dynasty.
Gamer 2.0 (Jul 15, 2008)
When all’s said and done, NCAA 09 may have some rough spots and bugs, there are ways around it that keep them from hampering the immense amount of enjoyment that the game offers. From the return of the awesome Shrine to the new Online Dynasty mode and custom rosters, NCAA 09 is definitely the best showing yet for the NCAA series on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 so far. EA still has a ways to go before they the game becomes the amazing experience it can be, but right now, what we’ve got are the first few steps on that path.
NCAA Football 09 is, as you would expect, an improvement over last year's game. Most of the tweaks have enough of an impact on the overall gameplay, though the underlying gameplay is still unchanged. If you're a die-hard college fan Online Dynasty Mode makes NCAA 09 a must-have purchase, but if you're just a casual football fan, it would probably wait until Madden 09 before making a final call.
Game Over Online (Aug 11, 2008)
Difficulties on defense and an overpowering “icing” technique aside, NCAA Football 09 has put itself in contention for a championship season. With the addition of the online dynasty and the always-outstanding college football atmosphere, all the talent is here to make this a memorable year.
IGN (Jul 15, 2008)
College football is about atmosphere, and NCAA Football 09 manages to capture this environment handily thanks to items like school chants and cheerleader stunts. The improvement of jukes and ballcarrier moves adds depth to your offense, while the inclusion of features like the Quarterback Quiz and Icing the Kicker makes the overall gameplay stronger. The Online Dynasty is an excellent addition to this series, but the mistakes made with the Campus Legend mode keeps this year's title from being truly extraordinary.
Cheat Code Central (Jul 23, 2008)
When all is said and done, NCAA Football 09 is just the next game in a long line of great games. If you are content with the version you already have, then there isn't enough staggering new content to warrant an upgrade. However, this is the best game in the franchise to date, and I'm glad I made the switch.
This game is going places its predecessors never went, but it's also unwilling to ditch a past that is just slowing it down.
HardGamers (Aug 18, 2008)
N'ayant pas pu jouer à la version 2008 de ce jeu, je ne peux pas dire si cela vaut la peine d'acheter la version de cette année, par contre si vous n'avez pas de jeu de football pour votre PS3 et que vous aimez le football universitaire, c'est un achat à faire sans aucune hésitation. Le jeu de football en lui même est très bien fait, le mode dynastie pourra vous tenir des heures si vous aimez faire progresser votre équipe grâce au recrutement, le mode pour devenir la superstar de l'équipe est intéressant et demande beaucoup de concentration lorsque vous choisissez de partir un receveur ou un membre des lignes secondaires ou tertiaire de la défense, car si vous ratez votre tracé, vous allez vous faire punir rapidement. Pour les fans de longue date ce sera une année de plus à se dire qu'on aurait aimé que les nouveautés soient beaucoup plus nombreuses et surtout plus pesantes sur l'expérience du jeu.
80 (Jul 27, 2008)
Add this all up and you have a fairly authentic college football experience (minus all the house parties). The gameplay feels like it was dialed in just right with enough complexity to keep football fans tided over. This year, more than any other, it feels like NCAA won't be a stop gap until Madden hits the store shelves and can stand on its own by offering a different experience that the NFL can't match.
Gamernode (Aug 03, 2008)
NCAA Football 09 is a safe game. While it finally delivers on the features fans have been asking for in recent years, it also doesn't drastically change the tried and true formula which put the NCAA Football franchise where it sits today. Instead, it subtly tweaks the experience. The result is a competent game with the typical nagging errors which will bother the casual crowd more so than the hardcore elite.
GameZone (Jul 15, 2008)
The online gameplay is the key to the fun in this game. Sure, you can enjoy the single-player experience and yes, some online players can be jerks, but generally speaking the multiplayer aspects have received the most attention this year with tweaks to other areas. If you have played an NCAA title in the past, you will notice the small changes and the increase to the fun. This year’s iteration feels a little more streamlined and designed to get you into the gaming experience faster. With solid graphics and audio, NCAA Football 09 has its share of thrilling moments, as well as a few letdowns.
Game Collision (Jul 23, 2008)
Online dynasty, improved game play, and an authentic college atmosphere, NCAA 09 is the best way to spend July before Madden comes out. If you're anxious for football, or simply just love the college game, NCAA 09 is a top-notch game with a few positive improvements from last year.
In all, NCAA 09's sharp visuals, immediate sense of control and its robust, fleshed-out modes make this year's version a winner.
GameSpot (Jul 24, 2008)
Thanks to the long-awaited addition of an online dynasty and downloadable custom rosters, NCAA 09 is an improvement over NCAA 08. However, those are the only noteworthy changes to a game that otherwise has a little too much in common with its predecessor to feel entirely fresh. Playing NCAA Football 09 is like watching your favorite college team blow up a lower division opponent; fun, but not very surprising.
GameDaily (Jul 23, 2008)
In conclusion, NCAA Football 09 is a comfortable college football experience, but not quite the current-gen legacy that EA Sports should've made it to be. It's got some terrific features (including the online Dynasty Mode), but the familiar items and questionable bugs stun its performance. Rent it first. Otherwise, there's always next year.
USA Today (Jul 25, 2008)
Overall, NCAA Football 09 is fun but pretty disappointing. You'll still receive a solid football experience. But after last year's strong effort, the latest in NCAA Football falls short of the goal line.
Thunderbolt Games (Aug 30, 2008)
NCAA Football 09 is significantly flawed, but can still be enjoyable. It’s a game ripe with potential abuse, even more so than most past versions. There’s no doubt most of the players you run into online will take advantage of every flaw possible, creating an experience repulsively far from real-life college football. And even sim-style players will have trouble avoiding extremely over-effective tactics in the passing game (since they are so abundant). But with a healthy amount of self-regulation and a quality opponent, there is potential for a good (occasionally great) time. And with no alternative, it will have to do for those in need of their college football gaming fix. We can only hope EA steps up its game for 2010, lest it lose a good portion of its longtime fans.