NCAA Football 10

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Solid college football experience with open chat option.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

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Positive Messages

Since this is a team sport, teamwork is emphasized.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players have the opportunity to excel as a superstar athlete in Road to Glory mode. In a variety of off-the-field events, players must balance maintaining good grades with staying in shape and learning the playbook.

Ease of Play

Controls can be complex, which is understandable considering how many ways players can manage their team. However, the game includes a Family Mode, where controls are simplified to only a couple buttons. Players can also choose to handle a myriad of offseason activities such as recruiting, or simulate these events and focus on playing football.

Violence & Scariness

Since it's tackle football, players will see some big hits and other takedowns, but nothing that wouldn't be seen in a real game.


One of the game modes, Season Showdown, is sponsored by Coca-Cola.  Otherwise, there is little advertising shown during games.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a straightforward simulation of college football. Players select real college teams and guide them toward a national championship. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12. Parents can limit the online chat aspect by using parental controls on some of the consoles.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1, 7, and 7-year-old Written byjakeandjonathansmom July 23, 2009
Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy August 20, 2012

Great game!

This video game has taught me so much football! The levels are AWESOME! I played it on my friend's PlayStation! IT WAS AMAZING!
Teen, 16 years old Written byUSCTrojan July 7, 2012


Iffy for 11+

What's it about?

NCAA FOOTBALL 10 is a video game recreation of the college football experience. Players can control one team, recruit future stars, and guide them toward a national championship. They can also create their own player in Road to Glory mode and lead them to legendary status. For a simpler experience, players can participate in fun mini-games and a football game featuring college mascots.

Is it any good?

The game is a solid representation of the college experience, from the myriad of unique plays to the screaming fans and mascots at campus stadiums. Road to Glory mode is a neat way to capture a player's individual career. Players juggle between games, practices, and keeping their grades up en route to a memorable career. Throughout the season, ESPN reporter Erin Andrews offers recaps using highlights from a player's previous game.

Not only can players guide a current college team to a championship, but they can build their own team with the innovative TeamBuilder feature.  Players can build teams either through the game or on the TeamBuilder website, and can also upload their own images to use as logos.  Controls are still very deep, but the game now includes a Family Play scheme that simplifies action on the field.  Between the game modes and easier controls, NCAA Football 10 delivers a satisfying sports experience. 

Online interaction: Players can engage in open chat with others when online.  Discussions can be limited using parental settings on some consoles.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • How do college football games compare to their NFL brethren? Which is better, and why?

  • Sports simulations are often criticized for providing overly complex controls. Should developers do more to simplify controls or leave them alone?

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