A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids learn that team play and strategy win the game.
Violence & Scariness
Football violence -- tamer than TV, though.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that EA Sports and Tiberon make this NCAA series yearly for die-hard college football fans. Each season they strive to get everything accurate as they imitate college ball. The graphics on the newer systems (PS3 and the Xbox 360) are better than those found on the Xbox and PS2, but all versions deliver sweet college football action.
Is It Any Good?
The color commentary from Lee Corso is a "love it or loathe it" proposition -- but that's a pretty good definition of a color commentator. The calls and advice can be wacky -- you can be up by four touchdowns and Corso will still tell you "this is a close game." Right.
Overall presentation of this gridiron classic is stellar, with superb graphics and sound. The game has you pick your favorite school and then presents the game in that school's colors, with their fight song playing. This makes starting the game, especially with friends and rivals nearby, a source of alumni (or in some cases, wishful alumni) pride. Expect to see familiar college stadiums and mascots, and hear marching bands while playing.
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