EA's NCAA Football 14 Catch-All

For those that missed it: Leroyog has started a dynasty thread...

The SEC will not allow its "brand" in the next NCAA football game.

I don't understand from that article whether this applies after the 3 year deal that was signed recently by EA and the college branding agency or already for next year.

firesloth wrote:

The SEC will not allow its "brand" in the next NCAA football game.

I don't understand from that article whether this applies after the 3 year deal that was signed recently by EA and the college branding agency or already for next year.

This is good news. It sets the table for the inevitable SEC Football 2015 video game made by 2k Sports. We all know the rest of college football doesn't matter. Might as well make it official.

Also, random thing, I picked up NCAA Football after my buddy hectored me into it. He's playing the game and wants to play online with someone who isn't playing as Oregon (apparently that's who everyone uses).

I started playing it this week. So far I really like it, actually. And I really enjoy Ultimate Team in this game. I played that mode in FIFA, but I don't know the players so I only partially connected with that mode in that game. In this game I know the players. It's a fun mode. Even if it doesn't hold up over the long run or the economy breaks down a bit. We'll see how that goes. But it's fun.

I might have the time / be interested in a league at some point. Not sure if I'm welcome, but just in case.

You should hit us up for the 2* league, as we are about to launch. There is a thread for it, but send interest to Leroy, and he will get you set up.

I know you like the digital versions, and it happens that they already have NCAA 14 out as a digital download, at least for the 360. It's the full $60, but the way I play this game it is really nice to have it in when I want to hop ion and update my recruiting real quick and stuff like that.

I am back and forth on Ultimate Team. I did have some fun playing it last night. I'm assuming it is from being a Season Ticket user, but I get weekly free packs, and I popped out a Gold Deon Sanders last night. I have yet to spend a dime but IU have the cheesers dream team. I have Vick at QB, Randy Moss and Hines Ward at WR, and Bo Jackson as my HB. and for added cheesiness, I have Barry Sanders at FB, but picked up the West Virginia playbook, whick lets me use him like they did Tavon Austin, getting him the ball in space. I even picked up an achievement last night as my team hit 85 OVR.

Where it will break down is when their contracts come up and you have to decide who to use your game extensions on. That is how they game the system in order to get you to pay. So I would actually be smarter to use Jackson and Sanders separately, getting primo HBs for more games.

I've only played one Head to Head game, and lost it. What I have been doing is working through the Conference Challenge, which nets you an increasing amount of Coins. I'm not sure how much online I will ever play. It would be nice if they allowed, like NHL's version, for you to play friends with your teams. In NHL, you don't earn coins and your players don't lose games in these matches. But it is a fun way to show off the team you have created. And I think we would use that a lot in this game. But that is not a feature in the NCAA version, and I don't really care about the leaderboard.

But I play UT completely different than I do the dynasty mode. There is nothing sim about UT. The quarters are short, like how it was in demos, and it encourages aggressive wide open play.

Jayhawker wrote:

You should hit us up for the 2* league, as we are about to launch. There is a thread for it, but send interest to Leroy, and he will get you set up.

Okay. Thanks.

Jayhawker wrote:

I know you like the digital versions, and it happens that they already have NCAA 14 out as a digital download, at least for the 360. It's the full $60, but the way I play this game it is really nice to have it in when I want to hop ion and update my recruiting real quick and stuff like that.

That's part of why it happened. My buddy talked me into getting it while I was at home and all the stores were closed. I went to XBox On Demand on a lark and found out I could "impulse buy" the game through my preferred method.

Jayhawker wrote:

I am back and forth on Ultimate Team. I did have some fun playing it last night. I'm assuming it is from being a Season Ticket user, but I get weekly free packs, and I popped out a Gold Deon Sanders last night. I have yet to spend a dime but IU have the cheesers dream team. I have Vick at QB, Randy Moss and Hines Ward at WR, and Bo Jackson as my HB. and for added cheesiness, I have Barry Sanders at FB, but picked up the West Virginia playbook, whick lets me use him like they did Tavon Austin, getting him the ball in space. I even picked up an achievement last night as my team hit 85 OVR.

I played against the cheesers dream team a couple nights back. He had Michael Vick and a slew of all-pro talent. That's my biggest misgiving about the Ultimate Team thing. The fact that it could force you to pay to play or else opt out entirely. And it could homogenize how teams are built once the cheese players are found. So far I'm still enjoying it. The best players I've gotten so far are Hines Ward, RG III, Barry Sanders and Terrell Suggs. I'm considering auctioning RG III to buy more packs and to try and round the team out more. That meta game of auctioning, buying, etc. is the part of the mode I like. I have mostly played SP games so the verdict is out on whether actually playing the games is fun.

Jayhawker wrote:

Where it will break down is when their contracts come up and you have to decide who to use your game extensions on. That is how they game the system in order to get you to pay. So I would actually be smarter to use Jackson and Sanders separately, getting primo HBs for more games.

What games do the contracts count against? I've only played 1 online game and it wasn't obvious to me how many games I was using up / had left.

Jayhawker wrote:

But I play UT completely different than I do the dynasty mode. There is nothing sim about UT. The quarters are short, like how it was in demos, and it encourages aggressive wide open play.

Yeah. And, unfortunately encourages major cheese. At least from the 1 game I played. So we'll see how much I actually go online. It's one of those things that's frustrating because it could be great. And with a game like FIFA in many ways it's become one of the cornerstones of the franchise. Not sure it will ever get there in America.

A new patch is out...doesn't seem like it really did much for most of us.

firesloth wrote:

A new patch is out...doesn't seem like it really did much for most of us.

Not true. I've been losing sleep over...

Old Dominion Update
Fixed an issue where Old Dominion is referred to as “Big Blue” and not “Monarchs”

By the way, I was playing a game yesterday as Colorado, and my QB was passing horribly. His aim was way off for about a quarter. He was rattled or something, even though we were at home.

Still, the great thing was that on two separate 3rd-and-long plays his throws were so far off of the receiver I passed to that the ball went RIGHT TO other receivers for first downs! Gotta love it when things just work out...

Stele wrote:

EA drops NCAA '15.

Well just hell...

Damn. I could have seen them continuing without the NCAA license, but the loss of conference support probably made a big impact.

This is really too bad, as I couldn't even get a full quarter into Madden before turning it off. FIFA, anyone??

simpilot wrote:
Stele wrote:

EA drops NCAA '15.

Well just hell...

Called it two months ago.

On July 31st, Jayhawker wrote:

Former NCAA athletes win video game lawsuit against EA

In a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that EA had used the images of several ex-NCAA athletes without their permission in its NCAA Football and Basketball series. The decision comes two weeks after EA lost the rights to put the NCAA logo and name on its games beyond this year.

Judges said EA's game "literally recreates [Arizona State University quarterback Samuel] Keller in the very setting in which he has achieved renown."

The decision could open up a class action suit against the video game publisher from other former college athletes who have been unhappy with their likenesses being used in the games without compensation.

I have to believe the days of college sports games are numbered.

Yeah but right after you called it they said they would have College Football '15 instead of NCAA '15.

Oh well.

Stele wrote:

Yeah but right after you called it they said they would have College Football '15 instead of NCAA '15.

Oh well.

Exactly. Without the ability to negotiate with the players, I didn't think EA would move forward. I was surprised when they claimed to be moving forward. This result makes more sense given the current situation.

If the APU movement is successful in allowing the players to organize and then be allowed to negotiate the use of their likeness, EA might return to the franchise. The problem is, it sells fewer copies than Madden, but requires the rights to far more teams, and now players.

I think players should be able to organize and get paid, but I always assumed it would also doom the franchise.

Frickin iPad.

And again.

Stupid, teasing EA bastards!!

EA posted on the NCAA14 Facebook page:

Our heart still beats for the big game... ‪#‎NationalChampionship

...with a video of an EKG scan. Some thought: wow, a heartbeat for the series!! But, it's all just a tease, it seems:

EA wrote:

We have no new plans or announcements to make regarding the EA SPORTS NCAA Football series. Today's National Championship game reminds us more than ever that the hearts in our community still beat for college football.

So sad they couldn't patch for playoffs.

I did play another 2 seasons of my dynasty a couple months ago. Felt weird winning the BCS in 2015, but whatever.

Went back to dynasty again recently with football starting up again.

Played a game tonight, and it crashed and locked up my whole PS3 during the post-game replay type stuff. So before menus and saving. An hour of life wasted. Might be enough for me to not play again.