NCAA Football 12 Online Play Impressions

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Posted July 13th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

With an online integrated feature as deep as Online Dynasty in NCAA Football, the series’ suite online play options automatically starts at a floor higher than any other sports title to date. With the typical ranked games, unranked with numerous options, Teambuilder, and more there is no shortage of features. With NCAA Football 12 the Online Dynasty has gotten even better and general online play so far has been stable which is encouraging for the days ahead. 

Options
Standard ranked games involve five minute quarters on All-American difficulty and that feels as though it provides good balance and proper time to implement strategy. Ranked games against friends can be prompted in the lobby rooms. Unranked games can be set up with a number of different options even the use of Teambuilder squads. There is also the chance there to use “even teams” where the ratings for both sides will be identical regardless of the teams chosen.

Online games still offer the opportunity to save highlights and screenshots after they finish. Named rosters (360, PS3) do properly transfer to online games so they are visible in all modes. I’ve yet to come across any bad weather or night games but I have been told by others they have played in bad weather. Neither is an option even for unranked. I’m assuming at this point they did not add in night games which is an oversight considering the different atmosphere those deliver.

Online Performance
Games have been consistent and responsive. There is a very slight delay that tends to only be noticeable with the kick meter. Players do feel a bit heavier though due to that delay taking some of the ‘twitch’ opportunity out. There seems to be some issue with quitters not getting the loss or the win going to the person quit on – though it hasn’t been determined at what point in the game being passed should trigger a result.

Most of the presentation elements have been removed. There are no intros or highlight packages or “Game Tracks”. This is understandable due to time constraints and most users likely to skip them anyway in the online environment. Still it would be nice to have those things integrated in the future. Surely they could come up with a way to feature them while at the same time progressing through a game at the faster clip.

Custom Playbooks
One of the great aspects of this anticipated new feature was being able to take the custom playbooks anywhere – Play Now, Dynasty, Online Dynasty, and Ranked/Unranked online games. The glitch that has been discovered though may discourage many from utilizing the feature. Right now its a “use at your own risk” situation and that can be unappealing at the very least to walk into.

Teambuilder
Its been well publicized that Teambuilder received very few upgrades this year…in fact it went largely untouched. The feature remains excellent despite the lack of improvement and created teams generally transfer through well. Mentioned in my full impressions however is how field text sometimes appears quite poor in definition. That is even more apparent with TB where text varies and can end up stretched making things look worse. There have also been some mix-ups reported with uniforms and details when the teams have been taken into Road to Glory’s high school season. Teambuilder squads can be used in Online Dynasty or in unranked games.

Online Dynasty
The premiere feature of the NCAA Football 12 franchise looks to be fantastic with all of the offline features and more that can be done through the website tie-in. There is even the ability to have all owners start as coordinators then having to work up to becoming head coaches and custom conferences can be set up when initially building the dynasty. The website promises functionality to advance weeks (delayed till August) and supersim games – both as paid DLC – while the features of the past such as recruiting and viewing records and stats remains and for free.

The big concern towards Online Dynasty right now relates to throttling being placed on advancement. Users have been forced to wait in line for their dynasties to move from one ‘week’ to the next. Many reported wait times that far exceeded an hour which is completely unacceptable. Wait time to advance a dynasty would be a devastating blow to the mode but as of a few hours ago it looks to have been removed. The situation will continue to be monitored. (Update) Well the queue is back and ridiculous. Currently I sit 109th in line to upload dynasty data. If this continues I’ll have to expose the situation further.

Online Play appears to once again be a strength of the NCAA Football series. That may be primarily due to the fantastic Online Dynasty mode but even the general experience with random ranked and unranked games are about as good as can be expected out of a sports title. More options should be added (particularly night games) and Online Dynasty should consider expansion to 16/20/24 owners but otherwise the current slate of features is engaging and the performance is up to par.

  • Playstation3gam3r

    Is there nano blitzing? I hope not.

    • Dnxtlevel

      There is a work around to get weather to work online. You have to go to play now in exhibiton and select the team you are going to play with. Select the team (home) and advance to the weather/difficulty screen. Once there back out and then go to an online game, select the same team you did in the play now screen and when you start the game online, the weather will carry over.
      ** you must be the home team for the weather to carry over. **

      • Mosleye1985

        that right it the same on 360

  • http://twitter.com/mrh61988 Mike H.

    I wish there was an option to turn off accelerated clock in unranked games.

    • TomWaddell

      I think you just need to change your offensive gameplan from “conservative” to “aggressive.”

  • David

    pasta have you heard any issues of it not validating rosters on online dynasties? I’m using your roster, my cousin used yours and got it to work fine then tried again and no go. It doesn’t work with any rosters for me now, pretty frustrating I can’t create an online dynasty after I purchased their stupid commish 5 dynasties thing. I looked it up on google and saw someone else had the same problem. It gets up to 89% sometimes then says online dynasty is not avaliable, other times it just gets to 70.

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      Yeah I’m not sure. It worked on the first go through for me. I did delete the original roster so that the named one is all that’s on my HDD…but I don’t know if that would be the reason for it working just fine.

      • David

        I actually got it to work so I could create my holdover league, but then went to try again to make another one and it wouldn’t work again. Ughhhh sucks. It seems like the issue is coming up alot more though, read it on EA forums earlier as well.

      • http://twitter.com/Roggie2499 Tyler Rogoff

        pasta, I did notice that there are a few players with names x’d out on the roster in your file share.

        Can someone please tell me why Whitley is blocked out? I mean, I understand Cox, but Whitley?

        • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

          There are a number of names that EA blocks out. Some don’t make any sense at all.

  • David

    pasta have you heard any issues of it not validating rosters on online dynasties? I’m using your roster, my cousin used yours and got it to work fine then tried again and no go. It doesn’t work with any rosters for me now, pretty frustrating I can’t create an online dynasty after I purchased their stupid commish 5 dynasties thing. I looked it up on google and saw someone else had the same problem. It gets up to 89% sometimes then says online dynasty is not avaliable, other times it just gets to 70.

  • Geeznutz

    Finally EA sports makes a football game worth buying FINALLY DOUBLE HIT TACKLES!!!!! if madden plays and looks like this and has a playable Broadcast camera(not a deal breaker) but would be nice, I’m buying it for the first time in like 5 years………….AND FOR NEXT YEARS football games!!! EA Please make Interactive and animated SIDELINES …..even allpro 2k8 has that

    • zzzz

      It won’t.. NCAA dominates Madden every year – Look for none of the cool little features in madden like ncaa. 

      Madden needs the on field options like the aggressive/conservative choices on O and D.. along with a few other things ncaa has that madden doesnt// The Hurry up offense play calling style would be another

    • Ghost of John Madden

      Sidelines?!?!  Really??  Your biggest concern is SIDELINE ANIMATIONS??!?!?

  • http://twitter.com/WWOFTBBNR Phil

    I can understand taking presentation out of regular online games, but I wish there was a way for them to include the presentational stuff in online dynasty. Pasta, do you think there’s any chance a fix for this could come this year w/ a patch or tuner?

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      I doubt it…I don’t think they see it as a “fix” and instead was their choice to leave it out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Gibson/622062514 Ryan Gibson

    So it is possible to have an online Dynasty were all the payer teams can lead their own custom Team Builder team? I really like the game, but I don’t have the slightest clue about real teams and their rosters. I would find it really enjoyable to join an online dynasty league set up like this where all players are put into the same conference.  I found Team Builder to be super cool, I have a nice looking team, now just need to find the right croud of players.  My gamer tag is X360: xxxfminusxxx if any league managers wants to hit me up.

  • Roopan111

    I have a ps3 and usually sports games are really choppy. This game is really smooth though.

  • Roopan111

    I have a ps3 and usually sports games are really choppy. This game is really smooth though.

  • Justlikepudge

    I know that my game has been choppy in all modes, but just played my friend online in online dynasty and that game was really choppy.  Any chance you experienced this at all pasta, or purely by chance with me?

  • ThoseDamKids
  • Ryan

    Wow this waiting in line is killing me! Especially because the 1st week of the season is something like Indiana at North Texas, and that’s the ONLY GAME!!! So now I have to advance and wait in line AGAIN. This would be brutal for the offseason; It could go from taking 5 minutes to get through a week, to taking a few hours to get through the offseason. This is horrible and HAS to be fixed.

  • Dick Saban

    Pasta, I don’t know if this is a glitch or not but for the past 15 games or so every time the CPU wins the toss they always choose to kick the ball. Has this been happening to anyone else???

    • zzzz

      Good finally the cpu doesnt always choose recieve – I mean coin toss vs cpu is pretty much pointless, they would go recieve everytime… no point in even having it

    • Ryan

      Yea this isn’t a glitch man. That’s like saying the past 5 years of NCAA have been a glitch when they would always choose recieve lol.

  • http://twitter.com/ajs41072 Anthony Suriano

    Not sure if this is an online problem or not, but my punt returner didn’t signal fair catch even though I pressed Y, and he made the fair catch.   This happened about 3 out of 4 times.   It happened to my opponent’s punt returner too, where it’s especially frustrating because your special teams might run into the punt returner and get a penalty.  Luckily I avoided him, but it was close. 

  • Mikiah1884

    Hey Pasta, any word if EA is coming out with a patch or expanding their servers to handle the wait time for online dyansty. This new system is rediculous.

  • zzzeric

    someone quit out on me in the fourth quarter and i was up by 30 and i never got the win

  • REALLY?

    by far the most frustrating NCAA Football game EA has ever released. . . Can’t advance online dynasty worth a SHIT! Custom play book works find offline, but as soon as you go online its FUCKED! RTG is shot, so much messed up. . . I was having so much fun on Tuesday and now am in complete awe at how many flaws there are in this game. And with a release-date patch, I’m guessing these issues won’t be given attention to for almost a month. WAY TO DISAPPOINT WAY MORE THAN EXPECTED. EA is a fucking joke. Ben Haumiller can go fuck himself.

    • REALLY?

      Not to mention that in online dynasty, each player can just edit their player ratings. . . Way to drop the ball EA. Wish I could get my money back

      • TomWaddell

        Can people really change the player ratings in the OD’s????  That’s pretty lame if it’s true.  Really?

  • S8319597

    Is anybody else having problems throwing screen pass it’s like every time i throw them line backers always seem to deflect them

  • http://www.facebook.com/Biggtyme13 Benjamin R. Moore

    Pasta surprised you haven’t discussed the freezing issue where people cant accept invites after a commish creates an online franchise.

  • Gators0803

    The disconnects in on-line lobby games are insane as well. Did these guys even play test this game?

    • zzzz

      I ask this same question every year

  • Leo

    I love getting disconnected while i am winning with 1 minute left. Happens every year!

  • Leo

    Be careful playing ranked because cheaters have already found ways to disconnect others. Happened twice today when I was winning 1min left…. Atleast EA always leaves a couple disconnect glitches to keep us waiting for a patch.

  • Leo

    Be careful playing ranked because cheaters have already found ways to disconnect others. Happened twice today when I was winning 1min left…. Atleast EA always leaves a couple disconnect glitches to keep us waiting for a patch.

  • Mosleye1985

    you can have night games and weather games online i know how to set it

  • Mosleye1985

    just email me and i will tell you how to

  • Doctorsyn2006

    For some reason I cannot seem to upload a named roster to an online dynasty. Had no trouble last year. Can upload to my locker and play exhibition or online, but when I try to set up dynasty, I get the default. What am I doing wrong? I have an XBOX360

  • Madden5050

    pasta, the online pass will NOT WORK here in Australia. Why the f$$$ do EA continue to make playing a freaking game such a hassle?

  • Barryb121

    Why are you aloud to edit the rosters ratings in online dynasty? That’s crazy because you have ppl that will boost players stats smh

    • _tw1595

      ok first of all only the commissioner can do that

  • Mcgee4402

    I have been playing NCAA football games for awhile now but in NCAA 12 this is the first game were me and a few of my friends have experienced online dynasty kicking us out and giving us a pop up screen saying that online dynasty is unavailable at this point you can try again later.  I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem because this has become quite the occurence

  • http://www.facebook.com/loupickney Lou Pickney

    I tried online mode last night for the first time, lining up a game with my friend Gary.  The poor guy chose Super Saver Shipping by mistake from Amazon, so he got his game on Friday instead of Tuesday.

    Attempt #1 failed to establish a connection; attempt #2 worked, but it was unwieldy as I had to exit the lobby and go to my messages to pull up his play request.  Perhaps it can be done in an easier way, but it wasn’t clear to either Gary or me, and we’re both college graduates with pretty good technical smarts.

    Lag was noticeable but slight save for the kicking game, which was horrible.  Kickoffs, punts, FGs, you name it, the lag was awful.  I tried to stop the meter quicker than normal to compensate for it on a kickoff, which lead to me kicking off with an empty meter and Gary ending up with the ball near midfield.  To say I was unhappy about that would be putting it mildly.

    I used Georgia’s offense (Pro set) with the normally pass-happy Houston Cougars playing at UCF.  There were no problems with that, though since that wasn’t a customized playbook, it wasn’t an issue.  Modifying uniform colors wasn’t a problem, either; I went with Houston’s red pants to go with their white jerseys.

    Based on more of a running game than one would normally expect from Houston, I lead 24-0 in the 4th quarter.  We were playing with custom 7 minute quarters (best for accurate stats in my opinion).  With about 3 minutes to play in the game, my PS3 gave me the “Please Wait” note and a spinning icon.  I had seen it briefly a few times before and thought nothing of it.  But, after about a minute, I was told by my PS3 that the connection had been lost.  I was nonplussed.

    Gary promised that he didn’t quit, and he has never lied to me in the 18 years that I’ve known him.  So that is a concern (along with the kicking) for me, particularly in looking toward playing more online games.

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