Alabama (Roll Tide) vs. Virginia Tech at the Georgia Dome for the Chik-fil-a Kickoff gives a preview of NCAA’s new feature: neutral site games. Ohio State at Michigan offers a nice even match to test your mettle. Oregon at Texas A&M may be some early conjecture about who’s going to be contending in this year’s championship game. In addition to the three short trial games, the demo also features a tutorial mode allowing players to become acquainted with the features.
Tutorial mode is the best option for first-time players or players who have lost touch with their skills. It features a run-through of all the techniques you can use in the game that can help you get the trophy. The tutorials also help users become familiar with new techniques and concepts carried over from previous games.
For those unacquainted with the controls, a quick trip to the ‘settings’ provides a brief introduction to what you can do with the gamepad in your palms.
The controls are super sensitive, and while this is a godsend for running backs needing to stop on a dime to cut around those pesky middle linebackers, in menus such as uniform selection a nudge of the control stick too far leaves you moving back and forth in an effort to get a good look at all of the customization options.
The first match chosen by yours truly pitched the best in the league versus a regular nobody: Crimson Tide vs. Hokies. And it only took me what felt like an hour to get those uniforms coordinated.
EA Sports introduces new features in this installment including improved camera angles, a new pre-game introduction, new music, and for the first time neutral game sites – though little has been said as to which locations will be included.
While waiting for the game to load, which takes some time, the loading screens display tips and tricks about features in the game including the stamina bar, a small circle around the feet of your current player that determines how effective he will be at fending off that tackle.
My first impression is that the game’s graphics – logos and extra-necessary animations— are a nice touch, but they overshadow the art of the actual game and look different from last year. Some of the gameplay graphics feel rough, but perhaps that’s to be expected from a demo release. The commentary is general; a herald from previous games in the series, and sometimes contradictory and annoying, but is effective in creating the game day ambience.
In a series that is essentially the same game every year but with different statistics, EA Sports worked hard at creating a new feel to NCAA Football 14.While it may be hard to notice these improvements in the demo, it is something to look forward to when the full version is released.
Downloading the demo and playing through a game will award players with Ultimate Team card packs for use in the full version of NCAA Football 14. Xbox 360 gamers are also granted a Heisman Ultimate Team item simply for downloading the demo.