NCAA Football 14

Common Sense Media says

Very good college football sim, but similar to predecessors.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

 

Positive role models

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
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Serious privacy and safety concerns. The game can be played online in a multiplayer mode, and both consoles offer open voice chat support -- and there's no one monitoring the discussion between players. Young players could get an earful and might hear inappropriate discussions and questions.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • meeting challenges together

Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences
  • following codes of conduct

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • meeting challenges together

Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences
  • following codes of conduct

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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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?

QUALITY
 

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?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not 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 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 17 years old Written byJcilas August 6, 2013
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9
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Good For Any Age

Good for any age.
Teen, 14 years old Written byshubop July 24, 2013
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4
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Fine

Fine for all, good game.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 11 years old May 21, 2014
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6
QUALITY
 

Great Game

This is a good game no GREAT GAME if you are a football fan. I mean sure football is a contact sport, but it's not a big deal. So many teams to choose from. AWESOME. If your kid doesn't like football dont get them this though. Sure, the chat isn't filtered for online. For young kids start with offline. I don't mind this game at all.

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