What a day it is to be alive. My reaction, like everyone else’s, can be described with one simple meme:
We’ve been waiting for this day for the past seven years and it’s return has been teased numerous times before they officially announced that NCAA Football was making it’s glorious return this past Tuesday.
But don’t get too excited yet, EA announced (shortly after their big announcement) that the target release date isn’t set until 2023… 2023!? Three whole years!? Are you f*cking kidding me?
But on the bright side, at least there is hope now and when you have already waited seven long years, what’s another three?
In all seriousness — The real thing we should be worried about is EA.
They have all but ruined the once great Madden and 2K franchises with a lack of evolution and the introduction of “VC” points and other in game purchases. To put it simply… it has ruined the games;
Madden stopped making upgrades to game and instead focused on simply “re-shelling” the game each and every year with slightly better graphics and updated rosters. NBA 2K became a money hungry video game resembling something more like a iPhone game with in-app purchases, then a next-gen console game. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the Spike Lee directed “My-Career” mode.
Usually when things like this take a long break, they lose their fastball and forget what made them popular in the first place. The comeback of NCAA Football is something I worry will resemble something closer to Dumb and Dumber 2 (worst movie ever made), rather than Batman: The Dark Knight.
Maybe I’m just a pessimist who can longer see the good in things after 2020, or maybe I’m just a realist who understands how money-hungry video game developers operate nowadays. Their number one interest is no longer in creating the best in-game experience for their players and games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA 5 are few and far between. It’s a scary thought, but the once great NCAA Football video game franchise and their creators (EA), have a decision to make, will they make this game for the sole purpose of a quick cash grab or will they do this game justice and give us what we want?
Listen — 2020 was one hell of a year and 2021 doesn’t appear to be much better… We need a good NCAA Football game, plain and simple. It’s the only way we can unite this country and have no fear, I have the perfect recipe for the perfect NCAA Football game below:
4 THINGS WE NEED IN THE NEW NCAA FOOTBALL:
- Legendary Teams:
First, let me just say this… … … … f*ck you Ed O’Bannon, you are the reason we even lost legendary teams and these games in the first place!
Anyways as I was saying – We need legendary teams on this game! It used to be a feature on older NCAA football games, but they got rid of them once the game moved to the PS3 and Xbox 360. In any given college football season, you run out of teams to play with, especially when Alabama is nearly unbeatable on this game every year. For that reason, we need the classic teams from years past to mix it up every once and a while, especially the great teams that we have missed since 2014.
Here are some that I NEED ON THE NEW GAME:
- Kyler Murray & Baker Mayfield’s Oklahoma teams
- Joe Burrow’s LSU team
- All of the BAMA teams, but especially the one with Tua + DeVonta Smith, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, & Jaylen Waddle. I mean, how are you supposed to stop that team from running four verticals?
- Justin Fields and Zeke Elliot’s OSU teams
- Keenan Reynolds’ 11 win Navy Team (just for me)
- Deshaun Watson & Trevor Lawrence’s Clemson teams
- Patrick Mahomes and Kliff Kingsbury’s Texas Tech team
It’s the least they can do after 10 years off, right?
2. Revamped Online Dynasty:
We all loved the online dynasty feature in NCAA14 and honestly there isn’t much that I want to see changed in the new game. Custom conferences is a must as well as the ability to expand the playoff at some point in the dynasty as well. You should also be able to add old ‘classic’ teams into the dynasty as well as created teams.
Besides that, the online dynasty feature is something that NCAA and for what it’s worth, Madden have always got right. So just don’t screw it up, please.
This one is a deal breaker for me. Not only do we need to have the ability to create a team with custom jerseys, players, stadiums, coaches, and playbooks, but it needs to be a feature on the actual game, not on teambuilder.com… the site that never worked and made the absolute worst teams imaginable.
All of the NCAA’s before ’09 had this ability and it was awesome. I remember spending days in my basement crafting the perfect team; The Fighting Armenians. It was a team made up of my entire family and we utilized Virginia Tech’s color scheme with Notre Dame’s Irish logo.
But sadly, the once great create-a-team interface has been replaced with the sloppy website “teambuilder”, which made creating a team more of a job than something you did for fun.
If NCAA truly wants to return to their greatness of the past, they can’t neglect this feature, it was the best.
4. NO VC POINTS OR IN GAME PURCHASES:
In-game purchases are the bane of my existence. They ruin Call of Duty, NBA 2K, and Madden. It’s not fun when the only way to create a good team/player is to pump money into the game. Honestly, I feel like that’s the only way this game will flop. If they can avoid the easy money that comes with this bullshit, they will be fine. But if they become corrupted by the dark side and put all the best features behind a paywall, the game will be ruined.
It’s simple: Give us the entire game right from the start with our $65+ purchase and we will love this game forever. But if you release this game half finished and filled with paywalls, we will riot.
It’s simple EA: Include these four things in your game and it won’t flop.*
No need to thank me.
*PLEASE DON’T COPY MADDEN’S GAMEPLAY! KEEP THOSE DEVELOPERS FAR AWAY FROM THIS PURE GAME!*