Dynasty Mode received a major overhaul in "NCAA 12" and while the upgrades in "NCAA 13" aren't as groundbreaking, they do add quite a bit to the experience. The most significant change was made to recruiting, where users can now scout players to uncover potential gems and busts. I've never spent much time scouting players in the past, but after seeing a five-star quarterback I'd been recruiting come in six points less than his rating initially showed, I have started paying more attention.
Other additions to Dynasty Mode include the promise of updated uniforms (though there has been no mention of how this will be achieved) and new presentation upgrades in the form of a Bottom Line score ticker that tracks results from other games around the nation and pregame and in-game updates from a virtual Rece Davis in the ESPN studios. These are great additions and I loved being kept up-to-date on other games that directly affected my team. If only Rece Davis would stop talking about Marshall during pregame introductions from Morgantown ...
Sadly, glitches, bugs and other mind-boggling miscues like the aforementioned audio flub are fairly prominent in "NCAA 13." For example, instead of Kirk Herbstreit and Brad Nessler talking about WVU's move to the Big 12, I listened to them describe Mountaineer Field's standing as the largest on-campus stadium in the Big East. Really? On the field, I've seen receivers catch the ball and simply freeze in place, quarterbacks run backward 20 yards and take a sack instead of throwing the ball away and replays that show nothing but feet and grass instead of the actual play under review. Things like this don't fundamentally affect the outcome of a game, but they do spoil the immersion and are far more commonplace than they have been in recent years.
As a huge college football fan, the release of "NCAA Football" is always a big deal for me. While I enjoy the "Madden" series, "NCAA" has always been my football game of choice. And despite a few wrinkles and blemishes, "NCAA 13" will certainly satisfy my college football craving this year.
"NCAA Football 13"
Developer: EA Tiburon
Publisher: EA Sports
Available for: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 ($59.99)
Rating: E for everyoneScore: 8.9/10