A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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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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