|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: EA Canada (Tiburon / Team Fusion)||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: EA Sports||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jul. 15, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Some of the tackle animations are pretty humorous, as defenders run over the man with the ball and there seems to be a lot of variety, especially with the amount of tackles you can perform with dives, ball strips, and hits. However, many animations seem to be a tad too familiar and even reused from past NCAA Football titles, from touchdown celebrations to cheerleader dances. In wide shots of the stadium, crowds seem to not move at all, as you see thousands of blurred people completely motionless in the stands.
The game does often focus on several fans in the crowd in-between plays, however. They are the same character models no matter which stadium you play in, but are wearing different clothes and face paint to support their home team. In Hawaii, they can be seen wearing Hawaiian T-shirts for instance, as they perform chest-bumps and hold up various signs for a bit of added humor to the game.
Though looking at panoramic views of the audience is a tad lifeless, the audio of the screaming crowd adds to the level of excitement and emotion of college football games, and home field advantage plays a big role in NCAA Football 09. Commentary by Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, and Brad Nessler is actually very well done and full of variety while playing, and the loud, brassy collegiate music adds to the college football atmosphere.
In all, it feels as though not much has changed in the couple of years gone by since the last NCAA Football title on the PSP. Depending on how eager you are to play the latest version, you may want to hang on to your 07 title or even the latest Madden installment for an equally entertaining football experience on the PSP. While NCAA Football 09 isn't getting a negative review here by any means, as EA continually delivers unparalleled football titles, there aren't enough additions here to make older versions unplayable in comparison.
CCC Freelance Writer