NCAA Football 13

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NCAA Football 13
NCAA Football 13
NCAA Football 13 game artwork featuring Robert Griffin III and Barry Sanders.
Developer(s) EA Tiburon
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s) July 10, 2012
Genre(s) American football simulation
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer or singleplayer on-line

NCAA Football 13 is an American football video game published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon. It is the successor to NCAA Football 12 in the NCAA Football series.

Cover[edit]

On February 27, 2012, it was announced that former Baylor quarterback and 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will be the cover athlete for the game.[1] The cover also features past Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders. A fan vote beginning March 12 allowed fans to choose between Barry Sanders, Marcus Allen, Doug Flutie, Desmond Howard, Charlie Ward, Andre Ware, Eddie George, and Herschel Walker to appear on the cover alongside Griffin.[2][3]

Rule changes[edit]

NCAA Football 13 will include two rule changes which will be taking effect in NCAA Division I (A) FBS games in the 2012–13 season. The first rule change is the location of the ball on kickoffs, where the ball will be moved up 5 yards, in conjunction with NFL kickoff standards which took effect in the 2011–12 season. Players will also need to stay within 5 yards of the ball on kickoff to prevent a running head start. The second rule change affects kickoffs and other free kicks where if a player gets a touchback the ball will start on the 25 yard line instead of the 20.[4]

Gameplay[edit]

A number of gameplay enhancements and improvements will be implemented in NCAA Football 13. Among those are enhancements to the Quarterback position including: 20 new quarterback dropbacks, 25 pass trajectory zones (compared to 1 the year before), a number of Quarterback sack avoidance moves, 430 new pass animations and more (not including the others from previous years). Also on offense, wide receivers now have better awareness, where icons will now show the level of readiness a receiver has as they look for the ball. On defense, players were supposed to now have to see the ball to make a move and will no longer be able to make "blind swats, a feature that ultimately was not completely added to the game, as blind swats and interceptions still occur, although they are less common."[5] A new feature in the game is "Reaction Time", which is available in "Road to Glory" and "Heisman Challenge", where the player can hold down the left trigger to slow down the game, which allows players to have time to decide what to do. The game also allows to return kicks and punts.[6]

In "Road to Glory", users can create new players and coaches to track their careers. Players start in high school, and they can select up to five colleges of interest. Coaches can start out as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator or head coach, and may elect to accept or decline coaching offers at other colleges as their careers progress. High school names, teams, stadiums and colors can be customized by the user, and new high schools can be added through the game's online feature.

Exporting draft classes to Madden NFL was removed in this version of the game.

New teams[edit]

Three new NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams were added to NCAA Football 13: Massachusetts (UMass), Texas–San Antonio (UTSA), and Texas State. UTSA and Texas State will be joining the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) for the 2012 season,[7] while UMass will join the Mid-American Conference (MAC).[8] South Alabama is also joining the FBS in 2012, but was not included in the game.[9]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
G4 3.5/5[10]
GameSpot 6.5/10[11]
GameTrailers 8.2/10[12]
IGN 8/10[13]
Joystiq 3/5 stars

The game received mainly positive reviews, but received a lower score from IGN than NCAA Football 12, earning an 8/10, claiming that the game is too similar to NCAA Football 12.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert Griffin III On NCAA Football 13 Cover". 
  2. ^ "Robert Griffin III Won't Be Only NCAA Football 13 Cover Athlete". 
  3. ^ "Barry Sanders to share NCAA FOOTBALL 13 cover with Robert Griffin III | EA SPORTS". Ea.com. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ var authorId = "" by Greg Miller and Brian Altano. "Tweaking the Gameplay of NCAA Football 13 - Xbox 360 Preview at IGN". Xbox360.ign.com. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  6. ^ "NCAA Football 13 brings bullet time to college football | GamerTell". Technologytell.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  7. ^ Stephens, Kyle. "UTSA accepts invitation Nov. 11 to join Western Athletic Conference". Utsa.edu. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  8. ^ "UMass football to join FBS, Mid-American Conference". Usatoday.Com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  9. ^ Kirk, Jason (2012-06-08). "NCAA Football 13 Doesn't Include New FBS Team South Alabama - From Our Editors". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  10. ^ Deesing, Jonathan (2012-07-10). "NCAA Football 13 Review for Xbox 360". G4. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  11. ^ "NCAA Football 13". GameSpot. 
  12. ^ "NCAA FOOTBALL 13". GameTrailers. 
  13. ^ a b "NCAA Football 13 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2012-08-10.