NCAA Football 11 - Xbox 360

Game Description: Feel the emotion of authentic college football more than ever with NCAA Football 11. From running the ‘no-huddle’ spread offense to walking out of the tunnel locking arms, everything you do and see will be original to your favorite school. With the TruSchool system, NCAA Football 11 delivers unique game play and traditions for each of the 120 schools.
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E3 2010: NCAA Football 11 Preview

E3 2010: NCAA Football 11 Preview

By Kevin Kelly - Posted Jun 13, 2010

NCAA Football 2011 PreviewWhat We Already Know:

EA has been dominating the college football video game market since Bill Walsh College Football back in 1993, which became NCAA Football with NCAA Football 98. But it often lives in the shadow of its older Madden brother, and occasionally gains some features from that sibling as things get handed down. Thankfully, the development team manages to make NCAA Football 11 stand alone.

What We're Seeing Now:

As far as the gameplay goes, this is basically the same game as NCAA Football 10, with a few additions. This year, the game has school-specific runouts for 30 of the top teams in college football. Want to see how the Texas Longhorns take the field before a showdown? It's in the game. They’ve tweaked the lights as well, so players now cast shadows across other players. “Finally,” you’re saying, “That’s really what I’ve been waiting for.”

E3 2010: NCAA Football 2011 Preview

The game is gaining the Pro-Tak tackle system from Madden NFL 10, the ability to add numbers to helmets (Alabama fans go nuts), auto-saving (thank you!), dual-stick controls, and new equipment (towels, knee braces, etc.). The game plays almost exactly the same (the dual stick controls feel nice), but you’ll notice an immediate change in player handling due to a new, momentum-based locomotion system. This makes running, turning, and cutting feel much more realistic, and EA set up a whole new motion capture system just for this feature.

The biggest addition outside the huddle is the Dynasty Wire, which allows you to upload your Dynasty actions online (they’ll live at dynasty.easports.com), including up to five photos and five videos per game. You can also publish stories from your feed directly to Facebook or Twitter, get email alerts, and other users can comment on them. Look for plenty of trash talk via this feature. Dynasty Wire is also compatible with the iPad and the iPhone.

Also new is ESPN integration, and a Road to Glory feature hosted by Erin Andrews with full-motion video. They’ve also added a feature that you won’t be able to change: Tim Tebow is gracing the cover of all versions of the game. A collector’s edition features an alternate cover with Tebow crying. Okay, that’s a joke. Don’t kill me, Florida fans.

The game feels a lot like NCAA Football 10, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the locomotion change is a welcome addition to the ground game, and makes things seen a lot more natural. With ESPN now involved, it’s feeling more and more like Saturday afternoons when you’re in the middle of a game.

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  • mostud

    Trying to be fair, the game has it's moments. But it still uses a defense that knows the play as soon as you call it. Linebackers and lineman jump like Michael Jordan at his prime. Passes always have far too much lead on them. Fly routes are a waste of time as the pass is always thrown too short and the cornerback makes a spectacular interception over his head or shoulder. So, let's review. Crosses or slants, too much lead, interception. Fly routes, ball thrown short, interception. Anybody see a pattern here? Also most big heavy guys can't jump very high or want to since they're tired from tackling and rushing the quarterback. There are still too many canned tackles.

    I could go on and on, but you get the idea. I love football and video game football. But what does this say about EA and us when NFL 2K5 is still the best football game ever made?

    You owe us better EA. You guys are supposed to be smart, show us.

    Posted: September 5, 2010 5:08 AM
  • GeauxColonels

    Correction, Nebraska goes in 2012, Colorado moves in 2011.

    Posted: June 16, 2010 3:51 PM
  • GeauxColonels

    Nebraska goes to the Big 10 in 2011, NOT 2010. And you can't put Mark Ingram on the cover of NCAA 11 since he is still playing college FB. Plus, Tebow was the obvious choice over anyone, including Ingram.

    Posted: June 16, 2010 12:18 PM
  • enigmarayne

    you guys do realize the conferance changes wont take place this season...right?

    Posted: June 14, 2010 3:47 PM
  • scavioslack

    You guys are actually wrong. The conference changes will go into effect this year especially if texas goes to the pac -10. nebraska is already going to play in the big ten this year thats already in concrete.

    Posted: June 14, 2010 1:48 PM
  • Revshawn

    Here's an idea.

    How about we stick with the current version until they add something worthwhile? ONLY a team specific runon addition? Please. You're going to have to do better than that EA. All of these additions are minor at best, you could honestly buy the same game in 2010 and save yourself 30$.

    Wait a few years for the updates to stack up, and buy the new NCAA on the new system.

    Posted: June 14, 2010 5:58 AM
  • xxrevxx

    they conference change wont happen for at least a year, so they dont have to do anything.

    Posted: June 14, 2010 1:38 AM
  • pwnagninja12

    I don't like the fact they put Tebow on the cover. I think Mark Ingram should have been on their since he did win the Heisman and the Crimson Tide won Nation Champs. Hmm maybe next year I guess. P.S. Roll Tide!

    Posted: June 14, 2010 12:22 AM
  • ElPatoDiablo

    Well the actual conference realignment won't take place until the season after this upcoming one. So they will likely fix that with NCAA College Football '12.

    Posted: June 13, 2010 10:39 PM
  • He_didnt_make_it

    Aggies to the SEC

    Posted: June 13, 2010 10:10 PM
  • Omeganightmare

    Major conference changes has to be their worst nightmare. When there are no authentic player names you have to get everything else right.

    Posted: June 13, 2010 9:52 PM
  • dman3989

    With all the changing with the Big 12, Big 10, Pac-10, Mountain West, etc. are they going to update the conferences before shipping or will this be done after shipping with a downloadable patch?

    Posted: June 13, 2010 9:36 PM
  • fr_A_nk

    Will it come with USC not making bowl contention?

    Posted: June 13, 2010 9:22 PM