NCAA Football 10

Common Sense Media says

Solid college football experience with open chat option.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Since this is a team sport, teamwork is emphasized.

Positive role models

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.

Not applicable

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

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.

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Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, PlayStation 2
Available online?Not available online
Developer:EA Sports
Release date:July 14, 2009
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old February 17, 2011

i love it especially with the volunteers

i really like it because you get to choose 2 teams to play aginst and control one of them i put violence as a concern since it is tackling football. this is my favorite ea sports game on the ps2 and on xbox 360, well not as much
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Kid, 11 years old November 1, 2010

ncaa is the ducks house.

its one of those games that is fun but gets boring. i have nfl 10 for the ps3 and i think its much more fun than ncaa. go ducks.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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!


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