NCAA Football 2006 - Roll Call

Now it's time to show that surfing baby Leinart what SEC football is all about!

*if I lose by a large margin, it was really my daughter playing...*

SwampYankee wrote:
Prederick wrote:

EDIT: Just found a copy online for $35. Thanks to Half.com I get it for cheap and EA doesn't see a penny of my money. Huzzah!

How do you figure?

Person resells copy, I pay person, EA only reaps money from person who got it in the first place. So I verily hope. Else i'll have to find a new way to not give them my money.

I've got it sitting in the car, didn't get a chance to check it out today as I opted to hang with the new girlfriend.

Will be plugging in the game when I get home in the morning. Might go with Texas so JMJ and I can have a nice rivalry game.

Prederick wrote:
SwampYankee wrote:
Prederick wrote:

EDIT: Just found a copy online for $35. Thanks to Half.com I get it for cheap and EA doesn't see a penny of my money. Huzzah!

How do you figure?

Person resells copy, I pay person, EA only reaps money from person who got it in the first place. So I verily hope. Else i'll have to find a new way to not give them my money.

OK, so I take it that is what Half.com is? a reselling site? I'll have to check that out. Tanks, sweetie.

Okay, initial thoughts:

Graphically it is marginally better than last year, which means that it looks good but not as good as ESPN. The animations are significantly better though, with a much greater variety and more realistic movements.

The running game is improved, though inside running still suffers some from the 'run into the back of your lineman and then run in place' syndrome that all EA football games have. Outside running is good, especially if you have a big, bruising back. Adrian Peterson shook off cornerbacks like rain off a duck. In one game, a CB tried to tackle him high and I dragged him nine yards into the end zone. It was quite delightful.

The passing game is dramatically improved by the moving of Sprint to the A (Xbox)/X (PS2) button. The fact that the passing icons never have to be brought up makes bootlegging a viable play now. It also makes me fear Vince Young/Brad Smith/Marcus Vick/Omar Jacobs/etc. The Option Pass is now truly a thing to be feared in the hands of a capable player. As for drop back passing, it is basically the same as it has been for the past several years. Vertical passing is still easier than crossing routes (against zones).

On defense, zone coverages are still overly smothering. I got used to the fact that in ESPN you had holes in zones. In NCAA, the reason crossing routes are hard is because of the effectiveness of zones. Blitzing is effective, as it should be.

It does a good job capturing the difference in talent levels at schools. Some schools are rich with talent and depth. Some schools only have one or two good players. This becomes evident as you play.

Race for the Heisman mode is very cool, but I think of it as kind of 'Dynasty-lite'. Of course, I might also be biased because my Pocket QB got offered scholarships to USC, FSU, and VT. There are dozens of write-ups on the RFTH mode, so I won't go into to much detail.

Dynasty mode is improved with the addition of in-season recruiting. I always loved recruiting in NCAA, and making it a weekly addition is fantastic. I'll have more as I play through the Dynasty a little more.

EA Trax needs to be muted.

Odd thing...even with the names for the players, I didn't hear Nessler calling out names as much. Maybe I just missed it, but I didn't hear names as often as I recall from previous years.

Online is smooth as silk. I looked for you wusses last night and not one of you showed up. So I had to put the hurt on random internet people. Typical experience: Halftime - OU 34, Opponent<6 = Request for friendly quit.

Boomer Sooner baby.

I was on until 4am big Johnny, practicing with the Hurricanes. I have discovered that I am woefully inadequate in this game compared to ESPN. I like it I just dont have the nuances down, but I am getting there. I have really enjoyed it so far and did manage to beat Florida State in my opening rival game. By the way what settings did you play your online game in?

I was on until 4am big Johnny, practicing with the Hurricanes. I have discovered that I am woefully inadequate in this game compared to ESPN. I like it I just dont have the nuances down, but I am getting there. I have really enjoyed it so far and did manage to beat Florida State in my opening rival game. By the way what settings did you play your online game in?

JohnnyMoJo wrote:

The running game is improved, though inside running still suffers some from the 'run into the back of your lineman and then run in place' syndrome that all EA football games have.

2K has shown them how to fix that for years. You'd think they'd pay attention.

GameFly shall send me my copy soon. Looking forward to it.

I'm such a sucker. I shelled out the $ for it this morning. Thinking I'll have to play the Irish, given that N.D. is supporting me and my family for the forseeable future. Let's hope they don't suck in the game (or in reality)!

I played until 2am or so last night. I didn't see anyone on but I don't think I have most of you on my friends list, I'll try and get that up to date tonight.

Anyway, I whipped up a QB for UF and played a couple games in the race for the Heisman. The first half of the first game was pretty ugly but once I got comfortable it got way too easy. I came back from 12-0 to win by 40 points or so and passing for 400 yards and 5 TD's along the way. My second game was a total blowout. My impact wide receiver and I set some new NCAA records as I passed for over 600 yards and threw 8 TD's. After that game my QB and 2 of my WR's are in the top 5 for the Heisman race already. I'll have to spread the ball around more though as my impact WR is sitting at #1 while my QB is at #3. Also, my girlfriend is still as ugly as Spy's but I'm expecting to have a real hottie soon if I keep playing like this.

I don't know if you can set the difficulty in Heisman but if I roll over #2 Tennessee in their house next game like I did my first two opponents I'll have to change something. It shouldn't be this easy for someone as rusty as me, besides playing a few games of NFL2K5 this year the last console football I played was on my Sega Genesis.

Set it to Heisman (Legendary) difficulty and it becomes more realistic. Online play is difficult especially against guys that know the game cold - I have blitzers in my back field before I even get the ball from the snap - pretty frustating at times.

SpyNavy wrote:

Set it to Heisman (Legendary) difficulty and it becomes more realistic. Online play is difficult especially against guys that know the game cold - I have blitzers in my back field before I even get the ball from the snap - pretty frustating at times.

Yes! I was playing a guy last night with my LSU Tigers and he was Virginia Tech. To say that he had the option down was an understatement. I had not yet practiced that at all. He had one play where he lateralled 4 times in one single play! 4 times! I barely knew where the damn lateral button was (black button for those who don't know). Anyway, I lost 38-10 and I'm amazed I help it that close. ONly LSU having a great defense kept me within 4 touchdowns. Pretty sad, but I'm practicing my option stuff for the next day or so...

Yeah any recommendations to battle those who use the speedy QB and option as far as defenses would be welcome. The online experience can be pretty ruined if there is no counter to the option crazy/speedy QB. If anyone has a good D suggestion for that - let me know.

[quote=SwampYankeeOK, so I take it that is what Half.com is? a reselling site? I'll have to check that out. Tanks, sweetie.[/quote]

It's part of Ebay, so yeah. None of the annoying auctioning though.

The reviews sound pretty good. I'll pick it up as soon as I get a moment. I'd love to take one of my alma maters but seeing the powerhouses I'd be up against I don't think Cornell or UNH would present much of a challenge:). Maybe we could start a I-AA league for kicks (dibs on Toledo!).
I played a Syracuse dynasty in NCAA2004 for a really long time, it was tremendous fun. Is Syracuse supposed to be any good this year? How about Ohio State or Michigan? I'll jump in as one of those teams.

3-4 defense is traditionally pretty good against option and you should probably run zones if they are running it every down. Also, spying the qb can definitely help.

Duttybrew wrote:

3-4 defense is traditionally pretty good against option and you should probably run zones if they are running it every down. Also, spying the qb can definitely help.

Thanks for the tip - it was giving me fits and made my initial foray into online play irritating at best.

I wonder if this will link up better with Madden 2006. One of my problems for the short amount of time I had both titles on my hands last year was that the average draft class from NCAA 2005 was freaking spectacular. The entire first round of the draft would be made up of 80+ overally rated players. A little silly.

I'm enough of an addict to College Sports that I am stil looking forward to creating New York Tech and taking the Big East.

Duttybrew wrote:

3-4 defense is traditionally pretty good against option and you should probably run zones if they are running it every down. Also, spying the qb can definitely help.

I tried that, but they put so many tackle-breaking things into the game that tackling manually is almost impossible. You can spin both ways, juke left and right, stiff-arm left and right, and stutter step backwards. Oh, and you can also cover the ball up and barrel into the tackler straight ahead of you. 8 different ways to break a tackle! Makes getting a slippery QB with 90 speeds a bit of a challenge before he gets downfield 30 yards.

Forget the comments I made about it being too easy, Tennessee just put it to me. I was able to move the ball fairly well but they turned a couple of picks into points and I couldn't even slow their RB down who went for over 200 yards and 4 TD's.

miami hurricanes and florida gators or even if i had too FSU

simpilot wrote:
Duttybrew wrote:

3-4 defense is traditionally pretty good against option and you should probably run zones if they are running it every down. Also, spying the qb can definitely help.

I tried that, but they put so many tackle-breaking things into the game that tackling manually is almost impossible. ... Makes getting a slippery QB with 90 speeds a bit of a challenge before he gets downfield 30 yards.

I had a bit of this tonight, playing Louisville against a random guy playing Virginia Tech. I lost 59-38. His option led to about 230 yds rushing. What really got me was when he flicked the option after his QB had gained about 15 yards from scrimmage...

I had some success using a double DE spy + 1 LB spy against this. I managed to get in and disrupt the pitch three times, causing a fumble for losses of ~10 yards each time, but I could never pick up the fumbles.

At one point late in the fourth, when he had it obviously won, he went for it on 4th-5 which led to another score. That ticked me off, so I went offsides on the PAT about three times, just to be an ass...

On the plus side, Brian Brohm had 360 yards passing and a 143 rating.

Yep its definitely a game of "who knows the tricks" and their team inside and out. The run especially the option/speedy QB is deadly and the player who knows how to do a "user catch" is wickedly painful. JMJ stuck it to me last night big time and I can identify with the 8 different ways to break a tackle. I absolutely hate the "homefield BS" since you will never be able to successfully hot route if you are the visitor - it's complete garbage in an online matchup - SP it adds lots of atmosphere, but online it can and does put the other side at a very distinct disadvantage.

I absolutely hate the "homefield BS" since you will never be able to successfully hot route if you are the visitor - it's complete garbage in an online matchup - SP it adds lots of atmosphere, but online it can and does put the other side at a very distinct disadvantage.

That can be turned off in online games, which it sounds like we will be doing.

Good game last night JMJ - thanks for listening to me gripe. This game plays MUCH different then ESPN and will take some getting used to unless you're a hard core Madden footballer.

Well, I picked it up and like what I've seen of it so far.

Now the problem is that my Xbox is starting to be a pain in the butt. It is shutting itself off randomly during play, and the power button on the front no longer works. Makes it a bit difficult to make it through a game. I've got a launch unit. Anyone got any thoughts as to what I may need to replace or do to fix it? I'd like to avoid buying a new Xbox for now, and I've already replaced the power/eject button assembly.

I hate you guys.

Well crap. JMJ was about 4 seconds from wrapping up a 38-3 beatdown on me when I got disconnected. I'm getting a message now that the EA servers are down and I can't get back in.

Well crap. JMJ was about 4 seconds from wrapping up a 38-3 beatdown on me when I got disconnected. I'm getting a message now that the EA servers are down and I can't get back in.

I got disconnected as well. Thanks for the game though.

Is anyone else having mic problems with this game. My wireless mic disconnects from the game periodically as I play - fades in and out. The mic is working (I think) but then it turns red then comes back green again. Anyone else having this issue?