June 26, 2010

NCAA 11: The USC problem

If you're not interested in purchasing an accurate depiction of college football in a video game format, then don't bother reading this post. But if you're like me, and figure that if you're going to fork out $60 we better not get a seriously flawed product, then stick around.

The flaw I'm describing isn't really a flaw in the gameplay, or the nuts and bolts of the game itself. So let me just ask this question...

Is USC's two-year bowl ban important enough to EA for a fix to be released? Probably not, but it's going to be really frickin' annoying to see the Trojans make it to the Holiday, Rose, or even the damn national championship game in EA's NCAA Football 11.

I know I'm probably being overly picky here. But again, $60 is a decent chunk of money these days, and this kind of "glitch" will most certainly bother the hell out of me for the next year. I'm not the only one, either.
And nothing would irritate fellow PAC 10 teams like knowing the real life Trojans can’t make a postseason bowl game, only to let them slip through with a BCS appearance on NCAA 11 by EA Sports.

In other words, if you want to replicate the situation of the Trojans, you’re going to have to do it the hard way. By beating down all that is USC in your dynasty. And if your team is USC, it’s like the real world doesn’t even exist.
Oh, it won't just bother other Pac-1012 gamers. It's going to piss off anyone who likes to play these games to have fun seeing how the teams will "do," before the season starts.

By the way... We will probably try to get an online dynasty going when the game comes out, so send us an email if you're interested in getting in on it. Since there will only be one Penn State team, let us know which other team you'll want to play. We'll revisit this in a later post, but figured a heads up was due.

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  1. Thanks for the shoutout in the article. I'm 99.9% sure that nothing will be done about USC's situation, unless EA patches in a probation.

    I see that as unlikely, but would definitely welcome it.


  2. Doesn't EA usually send out a patch full of fixes after the game comes out? If they are working on one, they should just stick the USC probation into it. But like you said, it's very unlikely.

    Great site, BTW!

  3. Yes they are likely already working on the patch as the final version of the game was finished in early June. It's hard to tell what will be included at this time though.

    By the way, thanks for the props on OTB.com ... too bad your Michigan buddies don't agree : http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/yet-another-site-really-thinks-we-will-only-win-5-games-year