A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game serves as a good window into the world of college athletics and promotes social gaming.
Positive Role Models
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Products & Purchases
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."
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.
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.
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