NCAA Football 11

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Smart on-field action vaults football sim to head of class.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The game serves as a good window into the world of college athletics and promotes social gaming.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players can guide their own athlete to a stellar college career or run a school and lead them to prominence through recruiting, practice and other tools.

Ease of Play

Although the standard controls can be complex for a new player, the game does feature a one-button control scheme where players need only learn single button and the computer will handle the rest. There is also a Practice Mode for players to learn the controls before actually hitting the field for a real game.


Football itself is a violent sport, so players will see plenty of tackling and some particularly jarring hits. However, it all resides within the rules of the game and is never sensationalized or overly gratuitous.


There are a handful of sponsors during the broadcast, including ESPN and State Farm. They're limited to on-field action, such as the "Play of the Game."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that NCAA Football 11 is a straightforward simulation of college football. Players can choose to create their own star athlete and guide them to a stellar college career, or take control of a particular school and lead them to the top ranks of the sport. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for children under the age of 12.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygangstabunny11 July 27, 2010

good for all ages

i love this game! its so much fun kids ages 6-11 could enjoy doing rtg because of the customization of your player.
Adult Written bymunchlax99 July 27, 2010
its football. good for all ages
Teen, 15 years old Written bypoundcake March 4, 2011
Teen, 13 years old Written bychristianlanzas November 4, 2010

Tim Tebow on the cover

i love it Tim Tebows a boss.

What's it about?

NCAA FOOTBALL 11 is a pretty standard simulation of the college football season. Hundreds of schools are represented, and players can guide any one of them to championship glory. A Dynasty Mode allows players to helm one school, recruit players and guide them to college football prominence. There's also a player-centric career mode, where players create a star athlete and guide them to a Hall-of-Fame college career. Players can also explore a series of mini-games such as a Mascot Showdown.

Is it any good?

Although NCAA Football 11 doesn't add any sport-relevant game modes, it has made significant strides where it counts most: on the field. The overall action has improved greatly compared to previous years. Computer-controlled teammates and opponents react more accurately and smartly. This allows players to focus on what makes college football better than the NFL, such as the varied playbooks. The game has nailed down the atmosphere of a college event as well, with fans roaring in the stands and mascots jumping around in support of their school. Along with the depth of the Dynasty Mode and player-driven Road to Glory mode, this is arguably the best version of NCAA Football to hit Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Online interaction: This game features open online voice communication, which means players could run into others using profanity, discussing inappropriate subjects, or requesting personal information. Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for pre-teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss how this video game simulation compares to real-world college football. Are there any ways in which the developers could have made the game seem even more authentic?

  • Families can also discuss whether it is tougher to coach a college football team or pro football team? What makes one sport better or worse than the other? How are they different?

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