A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a straightforward simulation of college football. Players can either control a school and guide the football team to a national championship, or create an athlete and lead him to a Hall-of-Fame career. The game can be played online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12.
What's it about?
NCAA FOOTBALL 12 is a simulation of college football, allowing players to take control of a school team and guide them to wins in Exhibition games or a national championship in Dynasty Mode. Players can also create an athlete in Road to Glory, guiding him through his senior season of high school football toward a scholarship and a potential Hall of Fame career.
Is it any good?
Compared to previous installments, NCAA Football 12 features some minor tweaks to what was already a solid package. Most of the changes involve offering more options in career modes such as Dynasty and Road to Glory. For example, players can start a Dynasty as an offensive or defensive coordinator instead of head coach. On the field, the game is very similar to last year's release.
Fans of the series will find the controls remain largely the same, while novices can turn to a "1-button mode" for a much simpler way to play the game. Overall, the game feels like an accurate representation of college football that should satisfy any follower of the sport.
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