NCAA Football 12

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Minor adjustments keep franchise near the top of its game.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The game is a straightforward simulation of college football. Players are rewarded points for demonstrating on-field skills as well as sportsmanship. For example, players earn more sportsmanship points for not running up the score in a blowout.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players can guide their own individual athlete through a college football career, or lead an entire program to a national championship.

Ease of Play

Longtime fans of the franchise will find the controls very similar to previous editions. Also, for those who are new to the series, there is a 1-button mode that provides a simpler scheme.


Since this is football, there is some degree of physicality involved. Players can perform big hits to force turnovers, but none of this is sensationalized.


ESPN sponsors the "broadcasts" of games, and there are other companies that sponsor specific segments, such as plays of the game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySpartyon August 26, 2011

NCAA Football 12 scores a touchdown

It's a pretty good football game as always and it's the best. I play with Michigan & MSU as those are my team. Go Blue, Spartyon.
Kid, 11 years old November 19, 2012

Not a good week for defense

My favorite sport video game. Much easier than madden, so you get more points. Career Mode is fun along with mascot mash up
Teen, 16 years old Written byUSCTrojan June 3, 2012

Should've been EVERYONE 10+

Should have been rated E 10+.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how playing the video game compares to playing real football. How well does the video game represent the sport?

  • If you opt to play online, families can discuss online gaming tips to keep players safe.

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