#8 of 2009: NCAA Football 10

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Posted December 20th, 2009 at 9:39 am

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The ranking of games in the best of 2009 list is based primarily on the personal amount of enjoyment had with a particular title. Some other factors include whether advertised features were fully delivered on, post-release support, community interaction and communication, overall gameplay experience, feature set, and online play performance. Again this is a personal take on the games. The analysis is weighted largely towards those which I had the most fun with while considering them as a whole and compared relatively to the others.

Last year the NCAA Football franchise took the top spot in the rankings as my favorite game of the year. The introduction of Online Dynasty completely changed the way I wanted to play games and brought the most enjoyment, longevity, and value of any game this generation. That makes its fall to #8 this year more striking. It simply didn’t do enough to differentiate itself from 09 while other games made significant advancements.

Really NCAA Football 10 was about Teambuilder. In this regard it hit a home run. The feature was amazingly well done and accessible enough that anyone could use it and do well with it. For anything new that is introduced into games these days that is a rare achievement. My full walk-through and thoughts on Teambuilder can be found here.

The problem for me lies in that this feature really isn’t about NCAA Football. Teambuilder could have been used in any game. So I hesitate to give too much credit to NCAA 10 based on a customization feature. In the end it turned out that building teams and sharing those creations was more of an activity than it was a game addition. I probably spent more time on Teambuilder than actually playing with those teams in the game.

That fresh experience of Online Dynasty in 09 wore off because it didn’t evolve. The first video that was released by EA to advertise Online Dynasty was telling as it basically only highlighted the minor improvements made to regular dynasty. There was nothing unique added (such as a spectator mode) and it even still lacked full website functionality.

What did work this year to an extent anyway was the refresh that was given to the career mode. Now known as Road to Glory the mode turned out to be immersive due to the presentation and storylines given to your player. The problem was that the gameplay on the field was largely unchanged. Problems that plagued Campus Legend, such as it being tailored to only a few positions, a flawed practice system, time still doesn’t elapse between plays, and poor CPU QB decision making remained.

One of the biggest mistakes was to commit so much in the way of resources into Season Showdown. This “feature” turned out to be completely worthless…at best there was indifference towards it. The time that went into that could have been better spent elsewhere.

As I have stated before this is arguably the most fully featured sports game on the market. However after building out those modes and features the gameplay has to advance too at some point. That is what didn’t happen this year. For those who would just pick up the game and play very few differences between 09 and 10 would be recognized.

What was missing most though is the sense of emotion and the atmosphere. I just never felt connected to anything that was happening on the field because of that. Other than gameplay enhancements this would be the area I’d look at NCAA 11 to have big improvement in if it wants to capture the excitement that should be experienced playing these games.

NCAA Football 10 had big time issues with rosters which brought up the question of whether the lawsuits regarding player likenesses were the reason behind that. Some teams had no freshman and/or players who had graduated or left school after last year. EA later released the “fixed” rosters which were better but still no where near accurate.

To EA’s credit they released three patches for NCAA 10 which is unprecedented. They had to pay out of pocket for a third that most people wouldn’t even realize existed. That could be an indication that the company recognized the disappointment this year and is working towards turning things around.

The future of the NCAA Football is up in the air. I did a full assessment of the state of the NCAA franchise here. Sales dropped this year and various lawsuits threaten the legitimacy of the game. NCAA Football 11 will be a crucial year to not only establishing itself as one of the better sports games but also positioning for a future that could end up more generic than it already is.

#8: NCAA Football 10
#9: NBA 2K10
#10: Fight Night Round 4
The Worst of 2009

  • Iota

    I enjoyed NCAA but youre right it didnt do enough this year. I like the variety in features it has but I got bored fast and once I played the Madden demo it felt like I couldnt go back.

    • hammer

      The list has officially turned into a joke– 3 posts in.

  • Iota

    I enjoyed NCAA but youre right it didnt do enough this year. I like the variety in features it has but I got bored fast and once I played the Madden demo it felt like I couldnt go back.

    • hammer

      The list has officially turned into a joke– 3 posts in.

  • Jcoop

    NCAA was flat out garbage this year. How is this on the list???? I'm a NCAA fan to but this year was flat out boring! I sold this game by October!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/okafor43 okafor43

      October? Longer than I had mine, it was gone by August. No presentation and team builder?? was soo wack! I wanted to play with real teams! In a real game!

    • Pasta getspaidby EA

      dont forget whos site your on pastaEApadre

  • Jcoop

    NCAA was flat out garbage this year. How is this on the list???? I'm a NCAA fan to but this year was flat out boring! I sold this game by October!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/okafor43 okafor43

      October? Longer than I had mine, it was gone by August. No presentation and team builder?? was soo wack! I wanted to play with real teams! In a real game!

    • Pasta getspaidby EA

      dont forget whos site your on pastaEApadre

  • Keith.

    NCAA and Madden shouldn't even be on this list….20 years of making football games, and this is the best Tiburon can come up with? Really?

    Of course, we know why Pasta would rank such garbage ahead of a quality game like NBA2k10. Ever wonder how many free games, free airplane tickets, free hotel stays, free meals EA has given Pasta over the years, or how many celebrity athletes Pasta has met at EA functions? Let me tell you…you'd be shocked at how much Pasta has been greased by the EA machine over the years.

    On the other hand, Pasta has never gotten any of that from 2k or the guys from Sony. Thus, they ALWAYS get the shaft on his pseudo-sports game blog.

    It's really pretty sickening when you think about it.

    • JJC

      NBA 2k10 a quality game???? then tell me how many online games you played successfully. NBA 2K10 was probably the buggiest piece of shit I ever bought…….Quality game YEAH RIGHT SMH!!!

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/bengalsfan2001 bengalsfan2001

        I swear everyone that's saidz that pasta "loves" ea is just a dumbass, y'all have nothing better to ti then to bash him on his own site, grow the fuck up. I'm a 2k fan, but this years game sucked ass, I traded it in for live which improved alot, and I'm probally gonna get live next year to

        • Lafayette

          Really, your not just saying that because you swallowed something that has clouded your judgement. 2K10 is far, way, just miles ahead of Live. I have both and let me tell you, LIVE just sits there waiting for me to play it. I wont trade it in because I got it as a gift from a fiend of mine and he comes over and asks to play it sometimes. I cant even tell you the differences because you know, 2K10>LIVE all day, every year, forever.

          • pasta the EA clown

            When NCAA Football, EA NBATrash, & Madden get ranked aheead of NBA2k, I think it's pretty apparent who is paying pastaEApadres bills….

          • pasta the EA clown

            When NCAA Football, EA NBATrash, & Madden get ranked aheead of NBA2k, I think it's pretty apparent who is paying pastaEApadres bills….

  • Keith.

    NCAA and Madden shouldn't even be on this list….20 years of making football games, and this is the best Tiburon can come up with? Really?

    Of course, we know why Pasta would rank such garbage ahead of a quality game like NBA2k10. Ever wonder how many free games, free airplane tickets, free hotel stays, free meals EA has given Pasta over the years, or how many celebrity athletes Pasta has met at EA functions? Let me tell you…you'd be shocked at how much Pasta has been greased by the EA machine over the years.

    On the other hand, Pasta has never gotten any of that from 2k or the guys from Sony. Thus, they ALWAYS get the shaft on his pseudo-sports game blog.

    It's really pretty sickening when you think about it.

    • JJC

      NBA 2k10 a quality game???? then tell me how many online games you played successfully. NBA 2K10 was probably the buggiest piece of shit I ever bought…….Quality game YEAH RIGHT SMH!!!

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/bengalsfan2001 bengalsfan2001

        I swear everyone that's saidz that pasta "loves" ea is just a dumbass, y'all have nothing better to ti then to bash him on his own site, grow the fuck up. I'm a 2k fan, but this years game sucked ass, I traded it in for live which improved alot, and I'm probally gonna get live next year to

        • Lafayette

          Really, your not just saying that because you swallowed something that has clouded your judgement. 2K10 is far, way, just miles ahead of Live. I have both and let me tell you, LIVE just sits there waiting for me to play it. I wont trade it in because I got it as a gift from a fiend of mine and he comes over and asks to play it sometimes. I cant even tell you the differences because you know, 2K10>LIVE all day, every year, forever.

          • pasta the EA clown

            When NCAA Football, EA NBATrash, & Madden get ranked aheead of NBA2k, I think it's pretty apparent who is paying pastaEApadres bills….

  • Keith.

    LoL….here come the EA defense corps!

    You guys trying to get some of the same EA swag that Pasta gets?

    • http://twitter.com/Bgamer90 @Bgamer90

      Grow up. Really.

      For someone who thinks pasta is such an EA fanboy it's funny that you still waste your time commenting on basically each one of his articles.

      Anyways, I definitely agree with what was said. The gameplay basically felt the same as NCAA 09 and becuase of it, when the Madden 10 demo came NCAA 10's gameplay felt pretty outdated (at least imo).

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/bengalsfan2001 bengalsfan2001

        Exactly

      • Keith.

        What's the matter, bgamer? You have a problem with people exposing Pasta for the fraud that he is? So long as he keeps showing favortism to EA because of the free swag, I'll continue to call out the hypocrisy. If you don't like it, feel free to skip over my posts (I won't be offended in the least if you do).

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/JawnMurray JawnMurray

          At the end of the day, it's his site. He's not going to be bothered by your opinion. I don't think anyone agrees with everything he says, but if you can't respect his opinion then you should just leave the site.

          • sportsgamer

            he lets everyone have an opinion on his site, If he didnt want peoples opinions on this site, then the comments section would be disabled. Pasta has been an EA guy, but with all the swag and info he gets, why wouldnt he be an EA fan. I wouldnt doubt if they help pay expenses for this website as well. It would be smart for them to do it.

          • http://intensedebate.com/people/pastapadre pastapadre

            What is with this "swag" stuff being tossed around? I think people would be surprised if they knew I'm perceived by EA as being too harsh and they don't really deal with me anymore because of that. I have not been to an EA hosted event in like a year and a half. I got to see the games at E3 because I paid out of my own pocket to go down there. If anyone is going to crap on sites for that kinda stuff there are a lot bigger ones with closer relationships to the company to do that for. Is there any other site that holds these companies accountable post-release in the manner I do? Of course there isn't.

            But as you said everyone is entitled to their opinions, just bothers me to be accused of stuff that is blatantly false.

    • JJC

      Sooooo let me guess keith ur da guy who deep throats 2k huh

    • JJC

      Sooooo let me guess keith ur da guy who deep throats 2k huh

  • Keith.

    LoL….here come the EA defense corps!

    You guys trying to get some of the same EA swag that Pasta gets?

    • http://twitter.com/Bgamer90 @Bgamer90

      Grow up. Really.

      For someone who thinks pasta is such an EA fanboy it's funny that you still waste your time commenting on basically each one of his articles.

      Anyways, I definitely agree with what was said. The gameplay basically felt the same as NCAA 09 and becuase of it, when the Madden 10 demo came NCAA 10's gameplay felt pretty outdated (at least imo).

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/bengalsfan2001 bengalsfan2001

        Exactly

      • Keith.

        What's the matter, bgamer? You have a problem with people exposing Pasta for the fraud that he is? So long as he keeps showing favortism to EA because of the free swag, I'll continue to call out the hypocrisy. If you don't like it, feel free to skip over my posts (I won't be offended in the least if you do).

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/JawnMurray JawnMurray

          At the end of the day, it's his site. He's not going to be bothered by your opinion. I don't think anyone agrees with everything he says, but if you can't respect his opinion then you should just leave the site.

          • sportsgamer

            he lets everyone have an opinion on his site, If he didnt want peoples opinions on this site, then the comments section would be disabled. Pasta has been an EA guy, but with all the swag and info he gets, why wouldnt he be an EA fan. I wouldnt doubt if they help pay expenses for this website as well. It would be smart for them to do it.

          • http://intensedebate.com/people/pastapadre pastapadre

            What is with this "swag" stuff being tossed around? I think people would be surprised if they knew I'm perceived by EA as being too harsh and they don't really deal with me anymore because of that. I have not been to an EA hosted event in like a year and a half. I got to see the games at E3 because I paid out of my own pocket to go down there. If anyone is going to crap on sites for that kinda stuff there are a lot bigger ones with closer relationships to the company to do that for. Is there any other site that holds these companies accountable post-release in the manner I do? Of course there isn't.

            But as you said everyone is entitled to their opinions, just bothers me to be accused of stuff that is blatantly false.

    • JJC

      Sooooo let me guess keith ur da guy who deep throats 2k huh

  • http://www.facebook.com/sdiosy Scott Diosy

    I was not happy with NCAA this year. No atmosphere, no presentation and the players running is not very fluid…wish they could take the size etc of Madden and put it in NCAA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sdiosy Scott Diosy

    I was not happy with NCAA this year. No atmosphere, no presentation and the players running is not very fluid…wish they could take the size etc of Madden and put it in NCAA.

  • dewayne

    LOL

  • dewayne

    LOL

  • http://twitter.com/DaveDQ @DaveDQ

    We have to remember Pasta is speaking on his own behalf. He's not saying we should see it as this. I disagree with this list but it's simply opinion. It's a crack smoker's opinion but what can you do? :)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/JawnMurray JawnMurray

      You got it right Dave. Lol.

  • http://twitter.com/DaveDQ @DaveDQ

    We have to remember Pasta is speaking on his own behalf. He's not saying we should see it as this. I disagree with this list but it's simply opinion. It's a crack smoker's opinion but what can you do? :)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/JawnMurray JawnMurray

      You got it right Dave. Lol.

  • James

    Pasta you should have done a top 5 because alot of sports games this year don't deserve to be in any "top" list.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Sidewinder Sidewinder

      You beat me to it.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/pastapadre pastapadre

      There is probably only four games I'm really passionate about. But I also look at these as sort of a "state of the game" and a look forward to next year.

  • James

    Pasta you should have done a top 5 because alot of sports games this year don't deserve to be in any "top" list.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Sidewinder Sidewinder

      You beat me to it.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/pastapadre pastapadre

      There is probably only four games I'm really passionate about. But I also look at these as sort of a "state of the game" and a look forward to next year.

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  • landerT

    love how people criticize cause of a differing opinion. at least he laid out what was good and what wasn't. as to it being above nba 2k10 totally understandable since half of 2k10 didnt work. say what you will about ncaa at least what they said it would do worked.

  • landerT

    love how people criticize cause of a differing opinion. at least he laid out what was good and what wasn't. as to it being above nba 2k10 totally understandable since half of 2k10 didnt work. say what you will about ncaa at least what they said it would do worked.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Amani Amani

    Based on Pasta's glowing feelings of 2009, I bought 2010 and joined two Online Dynasties. I am usually a Madden player but since NCAA offers the only 100% complete football franchise (Madden isn't there yet), I jumped in. Therefore, I can't tell the difference between 2009 to 2010. I think 2010 is a good game but there are still major things missing. The Camera Views just aren't sufficient in my opinion. Full Web capability (that will allow you to do all recruiting online) needs to be in 2011. This will be a huge addition. I would also think additions to the presentation even bringing back the stadium shaking from past editions. I also think making the recruiting deeper and even more challenging. Most 5 star teams get great recruits right off the bat. Spectator mode would also be a welcome addition. I can't think of any other additions, but NCAA is almost there if they make Online Dynasty mode as deep as possible.

    • online dynasty in this is far better than madden anyway

    • online dynasty in this is far better than madden anyway

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Amani Amani

    Based on Pasta's glowing feelings of 2009, I bought 2010 and joined two Online Dynasties. I am usually a Madden player but since NCAA offers the only 100% complete football franchise (Madden isn't there yet), I jumped in. Therefore, I can't tell the difference between 2009 to 2010. I think 2010 is a good game but there are still major things missing. The Camera Views just aren't sufficient in my opinion. Full Web capability (that will allow you to do all recruiting online) needs to be in 2011. This will be a huge addition. I would also think additions to the presentation even bringing back the stadium shaking from past editions. I also think making the recruiting deeper and even more challenging. Most 5 star teams get great recruits right off the bat. Spectator mode would also be a welcome addition. I can't think of any other additions, but NCAA is almost there if they make Online Dynasty mode as deep as possible.

    • online dynasty in this is far better than madden anyway

  • jusmegamer

    This game is by no way better than 2K. On the other hand, I have always cared more for NCAA than Madden. I guess its the continuous love affair people have for Madden making it some type of phenomenon when it is really the biggest joke of a SIM on the market.

  • jusmegamer

    This game is by no way better than 2K. On the other hand, I have always cared more for NCAA than Madden. I guess its the continuous love affair people have for Madden making it some type of phenomenon when it is really the biggest joke of a SIM on the market.

  • BigBaller

    this game seriously sucked
    i havent played it since august

  • BigBaller

    this game seriously sucked
    i havent played it since august

  • lolo

    This should be the #2 worst game behind madden

  • lolo

    This should be the #2 worst game behind madden

  • Pasta getspaidby EA

    ill bet live is number 1, even though it sucked ass along with madden, but that extra EA dufflebag pasta got is gunna be enough to put it at number 1

  • AmenRa

    I don't have anything against Past but we all know he is a EA fan and is most likely on the payroll. EA games will be high on his lists and we all know Madden and Live don't deserve to be in the top 3.

  • AmenRa

    I don't have anything against Past but we all know he is a EA fan and is most likely on the payroll. EA games will be high on his lists and we all know Madden and Live don't deserve to be in the top 3.

  • Pasta getspaidby EA

    ill bet live is number 1, even though it sucked ass along with madden, but that extra EA dufflebag pasta got is gunna be enough to put it at number 1

  • game may not have been that great, but the online season in NCAA was/is better than Madden

  • game may not have been that great, but the online season in NCAA was/is better than Madden

  • Sean

    I enjoyed NCCA 10. I thought it played too fast though and wish it played slower like Madden 10. Online play is fun. Wish homecrowd had more influence on the game, maybe bring back stadium camera shake. I guess I am just a sucker for sports sim games. Roster issues certainly need to be addressed better in NCAA 11.

  • Sean

    I enjoyed NCCA 10. I thought it played too fast though and wish it played slower like Madden 10. Online play is fun. Wish homecrowd had more influence on the game, maybe bring back stadium camera shake. I guess I am just a sucker for sports sim games. Roster issues certainly need to be addressed better in NCAA 11.

  • Sean

    I enjoyed NCCA 10. I thought it played too fast though and wish it played slower like Madden 10. Online play is fun. Wish homecrowd had more influence on the game, maybe bring back stadium camera shake. I guess I am just a sucker for sports sim games. Roster issues certainly need to be addressed better in NCAA 11.

  • jusmegamer

    I will totally abandon this franchise if they slow the gameplay down to match Madden. If they put that in the game as an option that's fine, but the default speed and the online speed should remain the same as is.

    • russianBob

      Abondon away little man

      • jusmegamer

        Go find a bridge and cease living.

        • JJC

          LMAO

        • JJC

          LMAO

      • jusmegamer

        Go find a bridge and cease living.

    • russianBob

      Abondon away little man

  • jusmegamer

    I will totally abandon this franchise if they slow the gameplay down to match Madden. If they put that in the game as an option that's fine, but the default speed and the online speed should remain the same as is.

  • jusmegamer

    I will totally abandon this franchise if they slow the gameplay down to match Madden. If they put that in the game as an option that's fine, but the default speed and the online speed should remain the same as is.

    • russianBob

      Abondon away little man

      • jusmegamer

        Go find a bridge and cease living.

        • JJC

          LMAO

  • NoFro904

    hahaha this is a joke

  • NoFro904

    hahaha this is a joke

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/AfroMANIA NoFro904 (Theron)

    hahaha this is a joke

  • mike

    gameplay is all that matters intill that is fixed game will suck

  • mike

    gameplay is all that matters intill that is fixed game will suck

  • mike

    gameplay is all that matters intill that is fixed game will suck

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