For some, EA's “NCAA Football” series begins the football season. This does seem fitting, especially this year's “NCAA Football 14,” as there is no better way to kickoff a new season than with a good game. “NCAA Football 14” takes a stand against the “yearly update” versions of sports games and changes it up by adding to its gameplay mechanics and engine.
The Infinity Engine, which is in its second version, and the Force Impact Engine make the game come to life. The tackles, whether done by a single player or a by a gang of gridiron warriors, look more like what is seen on the field than before. Every movement looks and feels like there is force behind it, making you wince and scream in agony sometimes.
College football has fans who do not care for the NFL, CFL and other professional football leagues. One of the many reasons college football sets itself apart from its professional counterpart lies in the fact that there are many different formations and plays that are only done in the college game. The Option is one of those play types only seen only in the college version. With 30 new Option types, “NCAA 14” feels more like an appropriate version of the college game than before. Crowds scream and bands liven up the atmosphere creating the unique feel of the college game.
For anyone looking to recreate college football in digital form or for something to hold them over until “Madden NFL 25,” “NCAA Football 14” fits the bill. It's got everything from a Dynasty Mode to the right amount of atmosphere that a current-gen sports game should have. Currently, “NCAA Football 14” sits at the top of the best college football games to date.