NCAA Football 13
By Marc Saltzman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
College football sim adds Heisman winners to the mix.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn the rules and codes of conduct for college football. They can also learn about healthy competition, school pride, team strategy, and how to protect oneself while playing physical sports. By playing NCAA Football 13, kids learn the rules of the game, while also noodling about which football plays lead to wins.
This game sends the message that college and school spirit can be fun and shows that team-based sports encourage cooperation and healthy competition. Naturally, it's a physical sport, with tackling, but players wear protective gear as they do in real life.
Positive Role Models
There is no main character in the game but you can play as or against your favorite NCAA team, and now with one of 10 Heisman Trophy winners to choose from.
Ease of Play
This game is a little more challenging than last year's game. It's still fairly easy to pick up -- especially for those familiar with these games. Football fans familiar with NCAA rules will also have an advantage.
Violence & Scariness
Tackle football is the name of the game, but players wear proper gear to minimize injury. Kids will see some big, violent hits.
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Products & Purchases
ESPN branding is all over this game, even more so than in past NCAA Football offerings from EA Sports. Some people might think it's too much while others might argue it's part of the real experience. Other brands can be seen in the game, too, including billboards (e.g. EA Sports) and player clothing (the Nike swoosh is quite prevalent) and even audio branding (announcers saying things like "...brought to you by Dove Men Plus Care"...).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that NCAA Football 13 is a college football sports simulation game. Since football is a contact sport, kids will see hard hits and tackles, some up close. The game supports open unmoderated online chatting, which could lead to unwanted conversations. Depending on the age of your child, you might want to disable that option.
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What’s It About?
Are you ready for some football? EA Sports' NCAA FOOTBALL 13 once again delivers fast-paced college football action to your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. This year's version adds past Heisman Trophy winners to your roster -- such as Herschel Walker, Doug Flutie, Barry Sanders, Marcus Allen, and Robert Griffin III, to name 5 out of the 10 additions -- so you can hit the field as a veritable powerhouse. EA Sports has also talked up this game's new stadiums, pregame traditions, and trophy celebrations, along with significantly enhanced audio. More importantly, perhaps, new gameplay enhancements have been added to NCAA Football 13, including a refined passing system, smarter artificial intelligence (A.I.), and a new Dynasty mode with upgrades to recruiting, scouting, and more.
Is It Any Good?
While the presentation is about on par as last year's game, and despite a few graphical and audio glitches, NCAA Football 13 is, overall, a better game than last year -- mainly because of the new gameplay additions. This includes the new Heisman Challenge mode (Robert Griffin III and Barry Sanders grace the cover of the box); offensive and defensive tweaks (including new passing options, icons, and catch animations); the "reaction time" feature that slows down gameplay during key moments adds more drama and opportunities (such as having the time to find more holes at the line of scrimmage); and new school traditions, mascots, cheerleaders, chants, and more. While not a perfect football game, NCAA Football 13 should satiate fans of the sport and league, by bringing some of that college excitement to their television set all year round.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about whether the product placement and branding found in this game is over the top. ESPN graphics, personalities, and audio tags are all over this game, as are sponsored plugs read by announcers. There is also a lot of branding on the player's apparel and a little around the stadium, too. Is EA Sports making money from this?
If you opt to play online, families can discuss online gaming tips to keep players safe.
- Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading, Hobbies: sports, Science: motion
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, prediction, Self-Direction: goal-setting, motivation, time management, Collaboration: teamwork
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: EA Sports
- Release date: July 10, 2012
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
- Last updated: August 20, 2022
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