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 14 is an "Everyone"-rated game by the Entertainment Software Rating Board because there isn't any controversial content in it -- with two caveats. One, football is a contact sport, and some parents might be worried about imitation without protection, and the other concern is unmonitored and unfiltered online chatting between players.
What's it about?
Play as or against your favorite college football teams in this exclusive NCAA game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (note: no Nintendo Wii version). EA Sports attempts to capture the excitement, passion, and raw energy of collegiate ball, surrounded by thousands of supporters, in authentic stadiums true to real life. This year's game adds more of a human element to the computer-controlled players, including unpredictability, as well a new physics-based animation system for more authentic moves and tackles. As with previous years, there are various single and multiplayer modes to engage in, both on- and offline.
Is it any good?
Yes, NCAA FOOTBALL 14 the only officially-licensed college football game for video game consoles but at least it's a darn good one. Problem is, it still feels like last year's offering. And the one before that. In EA Sports' defense, they've added a better running system, more lifelike animation and artificial intelligence (A.I.) in the computer controlled players, and, of course, updated rosters; but it feels and looks a bit dated. There's still a ton of meat, here, including a deep Dynasty mode, a new Ultimate Team you can create with handpicked players and fun head-to-head offerings. It's a really good game, but those who paid $60 for last year's disc might feel a bit cheated. Despite its lack of innovation, NCAA Football 14 is still the one to get for college football fans.
Talk to your kids about ...
NCAA Football 14 represents the latest EA Sports college ball sim, but does it look and feel an awful lot like last year's game? Or the game before that? Do you have an issue buying the same game every year -- or are there enough changes to justify the purchase?
Does playing a sports game make you want to try to sport in real life?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, strategy
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, learning from consequences
Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
Self-Direction: identifying strengths and weaknesses, time management
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: EA Sports
- Release date: July 9, 2013
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Great Boy Role Models
- ESRB rating: E for N/A
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