NCAA Foot­bal 2014

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Pub­lisher EA | De­vel­oper EA Tiburon | For­mat Xbox 360 | Re­lease 2013

While it’s been fash­ion­able to knock EA since for­ever, one series which con­stantly evaded such fan fury was its col­lege grid­iron fran­chise. Largely be­cause it was con­sis­tently bril­liant, and the per­fect com­ple­ment to Mad­den: you could play a sea­son in NCAA and then ex­port grad­u­ates to EA’s NFL game, form­ing the next year’s draft class. Sub­lime.

El­e­ments par­tic­u­lar to the col­lege game stood out. Play in a rau­cous away sta­dium and crowd noise caused re­ceiver routes to be­come wig­gly lines when viewed be­fore the snap, while you’d lose many happy hours to re­cruit­ing new prospects in dy­nasty mode. Law­suits over player like­nesses soon saw EA and the NCAA part ways, and the loss of the series has been lamented ever since.

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