These last couple days have been E3 hangover, but we have a bunch of info about NCAA Football 14 news, so we’ll put it all in one post. First of all, let’s talk about the demo. It’s set to arrive next week Tuesday (June 18) for the Xbox 360 and the PS3. You’ll be able to play a full game with 3 minute quarters, but the teams you’re able to use haven’t been announced yet.
This is not a major deal, but the EA Sports team has focused on the uniform degradation throughout the game. This screenshot below shows off their realistic approach to what it’s like playing on grass in inclement weather:
Now for the gameplay. OS took a vid of their E3 experience playing NCAA, so give it a watch to see actual gameplay footage:
Tradition Football got an early look at ratings for every team in NCAA Football 14, as well as ratings for the game’s top 15 players.
Alabama, unsurprisingly, earned the game’s top rating with a 99. Other teams with a rating of 90 or more include: Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Louisville, Miami (FL), Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Virginia Tech, and Washington.
Alright, here’s the second important conference of the day: EA Sports. Earlier there was a Microsoft conference, which focused mostly on non-sports gaming, so it was a bit dull for us, but this presentation is the meat and potatoes. We’ll be updating this thread continuously, so be friends with the F5 button, or just follow us on Twitter. We should be seeing a ton of next-gen and current day console footage.
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Up next, UFC. Dana White, Jon Bones Jones make an appearance.
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Coming up next, FIFA 14. Who other than Drake to present the game. Because when you think FIFA, you think Drake.
Massive innovations for FIFA14 next-gen: Pro Instincts, Precision Motion, Elite Technique
Elite Technique: 100+ new animations
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True Player Motion: Athleticism of players like Messi comes to life as they explode out of each step and turn.
Up next, Madden. Good of them to feature actual gameplay in their video, unlike the NBA Live Team. BTW, here’s the Madden 25 cover for the next-gen consoles, featuring Adrian Peterson:
Kyrie Irving in the building to talk about NBA Live 14.
EA Sports #1 objective: realistic dribbling. Introducing it via bounceTek. Ratings and stats for NBA Live 14 will be updated hourly.
Alright here comes EA Sports.
Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul just came out to discuss his new Need For Speed movie. Would’ve appreciated some Breaking Bad trailers tbh. More non-sports trailers being featured now.
The first mention of sports gaming, introducing EA Sports’ new Ignite and Frostbite 3 engines, that’ll power their next-gen games. They’re currently talking about Need For Speed: Rivals, something that we don’t cover. So we’re on hold once again.
More non-sports gaming up now, Titanfall, their one of many action shooter games.
EA Sports pres Peter Moore says “the return of favorites like NBA Live”. I guess that’s one way to put it. EA starts off their presentation with Plants vs. Zombies. Well that’s fun. So I guess we’ll be on a bit of a break for the next few mins.
Hearing that EA’s website is down, right before the launch. Talk about bad timing.
From Ralphie and his wranglers leading the Colorado Buffaloes on to the field to the racially insensitive undertones of the Florida Seminoles’ traditions, pre-game runouts have been one of EA Sports’ NCAA Football franchise’s presentation staples over the last couple of instalments. Whether team specific intros were something you liked to sit through before kickoff, or you opted to skip them, it doesn’t really matter anymore. EA has dropped pre-game runouts in favor of music video ‘hype pieces’.
Ben Haumiller, a producer on NCAA Football 14, spoke to XXL about life after runouts and other presentation tweaks you can expect from the upcoming release. Via XXL:
NCAA Football 14 released another Playbook video this morning, focusing on one of the game’s most popular features: Dynasty Mode. 2 new aspects have been added to the mode: Coach Skills and Power Recruiting.
Coach skills allow you to build your team in whatever way you want. Win games to earn skill points to enhance recruiting and game management, and keep on levelling up to dominate your recruiting process. You’re also able to give your recruits the “Royal Treatment”, which grants a bonus whenever a prospect makes a campus visit.
Power Recruiting streamlines the process for scouting and wooing new players, without sacrificing any of the depth fans have come to expect. Rather than using the phone call method of recruiting, players now distribute recruiting points that will determine how stridently they pursue a given player.
Some new NCAA 14 screenshots have been released, featuring ‘Bama, Texas and OU. Nothing really groundbreaking here, but one thing I noticed is that the end zones in the Cotton Bowl are reversed. Minor detail that I’m sure nobody cares about.