What parents need to know
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 kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- applying information
- identifying strengths and weaknesses
- time management
- meeting challenges together
Responsibility & Ethics
- following codes of conduct
- learning from consequences
Engagement, Approach, Support
Players get sucked in because this game is based on players and teams they're familiar with. The game also captures the excitement of college football -- even on the sidelines with cheerleaders, fans, mascots, bands, and more.
The rules of college football are learned or reinforced in this game as it follows the real sport. The announcers might also add some color or commentary to what happened. Players learn the codes of conduct for this contact sport.
Players learn the basics of how to play by playing through an excellent tutorital. As they move the players around and try things, they will start to pick up strategy.
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.
Families can talk 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?