NCAA Football 14

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Very good college football sim, but similar to predecessors.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the rules of college football, as well as how to work together on a team for a common goal, identifying strengths and weaknesses on both the team you are on and the one you're competing against (which can be applied to real life). Besides teaching kids about the game of football, NCAA Football 14 reinforces the concept that physical activity, such as sports and fitness regimes, can be fun.

Positive Messages

NCAA Football 14 encourages teamwork, athleticism, and school pride.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

If the players are positive role models in real life -- and most of them are -- by default they are positive role models in the game, especially as they're so closely modeled after the real person.

Ease of Play

This game is pretty easy to pick up and play, using the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 controller. Plus, there's an excellent tutorial, too.

Violence

Football is a contact sport, so it might be dangerous for very young kids to mimic what they see in the game in real life -- without equipment. But of course there's full-body protection in real life and in the game.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Like most sports games, there are advertisements on and around the field and worn by the players. There aren't as many in this game compared to Madden NFL, as that's a professional sports simulation, but there are still logos for companies like Nike and EA Sports, plus the real team and school names (also branding/placement).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byshubop July 24, 2013

Fine

Fine for all, good game.
Teen, 17 years old Written byJcilas August 6, 2013

Good For Any Age

Good for any age.

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?

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