Last night I downloaded the new NCAA Football 14 for Xbox 360. I played it while flipping back and forth between playing the demo and Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Here is what I thought about the demo.
- I played as Oregon against Texas A&M.
- My biggest gripe with the EA Sports NCAA football game is that option football is either going for a huge gain. touchdown, or it gets blown up in the backfield. If you didn’t run the option in a power set, you weren’t going anywhere. It seems like the Wishbone or the Flexbone is the best formation to run an option play. I tried the option in the Oregon spread and it worked quite well. No extremely fast defensive tackle running you down easily, realistic option runs. I did get stopped a few times but I was very impressed with the realistic option play.
- Johnny Manziel (or Edwards in the demo) is almost unstoppable. I got to him 6 times for a sack. You know what he did next? Break off a 20 yard run for a first down. And it was his scrambling that got the most yards. The design runs weren’t as effective but if you’re playing against Manziel and the Aggies in this game, play as a linebacker spy all the time. It’s the best bet in stopping Manziel. That being said, he still had over 100 yards rushing.
- Graphics have their normal tweak but nothing groundbreaking. Sorry to burst your bubble but I think they are maxed out on the ability to make better graphics.
- I ended up losing 13-7. It’s 3 minute quarters so I didn’t have much time. I did my best Georgia impression and caught a ball short of the first down and the clock ran out with no timeouts. Now I know how Mark Richt feels.
- I give it a B+ overall but I will likely wait until next year for the playoffs to be on the game. Sorry EA Sports.