There is an old Shakespeare quip that reads, “All that glisters is not Gold.” It is a poignant, timeless term that wonderfully applies to EA Sports’ NCAA Football 14, which shines like a new set of fancy dancing shoes, but ends up wearing like the same old pair of sneakers you’ve kept wearing all these years. While NCAA Football 14 appears to have grown into a new skin, it only takes a few moments to see that it is mostly still the same old game with the same old problems. That said, the improvements that have been made are striking.
However, there are a few new functions in gameplay that focus on the ball carrier. Having considered the new found popularity of the option scheme in college football, EA has completely revamped the option game, giving players a quick view of what button commands to use resembling the passing mechanic. This is fantastic, as the option was just a quick way to lose 13 yards or give up a fumble in past games. Due to this, the option game has been deepened and now dominates the play calling for many teams. Hurry-up offenses are now given the opportunity to change the play at the line of scrimmage without clunky audibles or hot routes, and the defense in that situation is no longer locked into the same play over and over, hopeless to change the outcome without wasting a time-out.
NCAA Football 14 is a fun and immersive experience as always. Though not many big changes have come in this latest edition, the ones that have come definite steps forward. Many of the drawbacks that come with this game are the same ones that many sports titles suffer from. Though it “glitters” like a all-time great game, it unfortunately falls short of perfection. However, with the inclusion of the infinity engine and the numerous attempts to make the gameplay deeper and more user friendly, EA has made a game that is worth buying and can offer many, many hours of enjoyable gridiron action.