With the release of the second Feature Playbook—Presentation—for EA SPORTS NCAA Football 14 yesterday, the staff at Under The Code gathers together today for a Roundtable discussion to answer some questions about the sights and sounds that are going to be new or updated for this year’s game.
1.) What’s your opinion of how Presentation has been handled in-game for NCAA Football 13 and the past few years of the franchise in general? Is this an important part of the game for you, or are you one of those people who “buttons through” any of the “fluff” to get to gameplay?
Buckeye: I wouldn’t say it isn’t important… but if there are gameplay elements missing the first thing I say is “Hey, we could have used X instead of new gloves on players…. spend the resources (memory) on gameplay first”. After a few run through I just button mash my way through any way.
NatureBoy: I’m a big presentation guy. It’s a very important part of the game for me. I have to say it’s been pretty bland and stale for several years now.
Official Mole: The NCAA Football team has done a great job over the last few years of bringing some of the greatest traditions in college football to life in NCAA Football. Presentation is definitely a nice touch to the game and I feel it creates a better college football atmosphere while playing. However, over the last few years I have found myself quickly skipping the intros and cut scenes after a while because they became too repetitive.
OneEighth: To me, Presentation is one of the biggest aspects of Dynasty Mode immersion. Before NCAA Football 13 they have built on top of what they already had, adding and removing from the sound banks. In NCAA Football 13 they revamped the commentary style and it improved to a degree but felt somewhat incomplete. I never button through the cut scenes. I like seeing it how it is on T.V. The closer we can get to that the better for me. I am ready to see how they built on ’13.
Paakaa10: Presentation is very important for me in sports videogames across the board, but especially in NCAA Football because of all the history and unique touches that can be found across all of the colleges who compete in the sport. While the movement to include team-specific introductions and traditions was initially something I was a big fan of, over the past few games it has proven to be something that I felt was holding the game back; the push for expanding the traditions and cut-scenes was actually having a detrimental effect on the performance of the game and the length of time it would take to play. Presentation has needed a new approach and an overhaul, and it looks like the time has come in NCAA Football 14.
Romo Time: I think it has been neglected, and poorly approached before NCAA Football 13, that’s when they really first made it a real push to change the player immersion. I like to watch it as long as the same cut scene does not play 10 times in a row. I feel that if you truly feel like you’re watching these cuts scenes and you think you’re watching the real thing you get into the game more, and will in return have more fun playing
ThatSportsGamer: I pretty much A through everything. The tragic part is how long it takes to get into a game. Hopefully this new flatter presentation will make that much easier on the systems so I can get to what I’m here to do, play football.
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