Here at Under The Code, we like to feature the voices of people outside of our site staff to gain insight about sports videogaming from multiple perspectives. Today we are happy to feature an article from Official_Mole, a member of the EA SPORTS Game Changers program and a Community Event attendee for NCAA Football 14.
Last week we received news on the first playbook release for NCAA Football 14: Gameplay. The NCAA Football community got their first glimpse at the new Infinity Engine 2.0, all-new running improvements, the Force Impact System, and the Acceleration Burst. Included with all of those new additions are the Stumble Recovery Mechanic and over 20 new Option types. With all of the new gameplay engines and mechanics for the running game it seems that the team for NCAA Football 14 is giving the user more offensive balanced gameplay and give the running game more attention.
In my 10 years of playing NCAA Football the passing game has been far more dominant and the feature sets in NCAA Football have gone on to prove that. We’ve seen new catch animations, total control passing, set drop backs, and even the WR/CB awareness when looking for the ball. This year I feel the overall direction is to give the user a solid running system to create a more balance offensive gameplan and help those who’ve struggled to run the ball succeed. This past January I got a chance to play NCAA Football 14 and what I can tell you is that I did not want to stop running the football. One major change that I noticed when comparing NCAA Football 14 to last year’s game was the blocking intelligence. Lead blockers on plays such as “HB Toss” or “Power O” were finding the first defender to block, then moving on to the next level of the blocking scheme. Last year I found that many times my fullback or pulling guard would ignore a defensive end or linebacker running through the line and my running back would get hit in the backfield. In NCAA Football 14, the blocking intelligence was re-done to make sure your lead blockers attack the necessary defenders. Being able to follow your blockers and pave the way for a big gain has never felt more rewarding.