previews\ May 9, 2006 at 8:00 pm

NCAA Football 07 - PSP - Preview

E3 2006 First Look Preview

EA's NCAA Football franchise has been a staple on current-gen consoles, offering a cohesive college football experience across all platforms for several years now. The 2007 version will also be quite the smashing entry, as the game will now have an insane amount of meticulous details, including realistic stadiums that are practically bursting at the seams with authentic details. NCAA Football 2007 will feature 119 teams and many actual stadiums, and is getting ready to be the most authentic college football game ever.

I can’t stress this enough, NCAA Football 2007 will feature a crazy amount of detail and authenticity for each stadium. A scout was sent out to tons of different A-1 Division colleges all throughout the nation to pick up every nuanced detail, albeit however minute, and incorporated into the look of the game. We’re not just talking about fight songs and turf here; the game will have 3D crowds that act dynamically, accurate stands with seating areas for the visiting team (all decked out in their school’s color), dancing mascots that are constantly moving and interacting with the audience even when the game isn’t focusing on them, fully 3D bands that play (the audience will actually do moves unique to their school, like Florida’s “gator chomp”), even the parking lot outside can be accurately perceived. NCAA will be able to really make you feel like you are in the actual stadium more than any college football game before it.

NCAA Football 07 Xbox 360 screenshots

Some of the new gameplay features that will be offered in NCAA Football 2007 are more depth in the mini-games, including new modes like tug o’ war and bowling. Tug o’ war, for example, is a back and forth scrimmage ending when one team gets a touchdown, making for some intense gameplay moments. Plus you can now switch mini-games on the fly, taking out the unnecessary menu surfing and keeping you in the game.

There is a new photo album mode that lets you take a snapshot from a replay and save it either to your hard drive or memory card, allowing you to rub your friend/family member’s nose in it at a later time.

The game is also looking quite good, graphically, boasting some nice improvements over last year's version. The game will feature some of the most detailed helmets in any football game, be it college or otherwise. Players will put decals on their helmets much like the actual athletes. Players will also have realistic scuffs on their helmets, and by realistic I mean that while a linebacker may have a ton of scratches and scuffs on his helmet, a punter will have none.

NCAA Football is turning out to be a great looking and incredibly authentic gameplay experience that no college football fan will want to miss out on.


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