NCAA Football 10 Playstation Portable Review
The PSP edition of NCAA Football 10 was almost as much fun as the console versions and it's definitely recommended for your next road trip or plane trip. Many parts of the production have had to be stripped down because of the PSP's lack of power but it still kept me entertained for hours on end.
The Good Parts
NCAA Football 10's new Road to Glory mode has the same outstanding super-sim feeling you fell in love with and have enjoyed for years. The included progression system in this sports game allows you to live the life of the college freshman as your fledgling star begins his college career and then rises through the ranks to become the a star player. Playing this mode was the best part and allowed me to immerse myself in a life that was actually a lot of fun to play.
The visual appeal of NCAA Football 10 for the PSP will grab your eyes with amazing colors that are bright, clear and engaging for the senses. The stadiums included all look amazingly detailed and if you know the stadiums you should be able to tell them apart using the details included. A definite step forward visually from last year, NCAA Football 10 for the PSP is the best looking sports experience for the PSP I have seen. It compares well to the look of previous PS2 versions of this video game and at times even out performs previous versions.
The Bad Parts
The developers didn't include the fun and entertaining Team Builder and Season Showdown modes that were included with the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions of NCAA Football 10 with the PSP version. The included Road to Glory mode is also a trimmed down version of the one you'll play in the console versions.
NCAA Football 10 includes lots of activities for a college student to take part in, many play like mini-games but are annoying rather than fun and useful.
The on field action included with the PSP version of NCAA Football 10 needs to be improved. Playing football isn't a fluid sports experience, it's too limited because of the lack of processing power with the PSP and the inconsistencies in the game play to be a truly interactive football experience.
The Graphical Picture
The visual appeal of NCAA Football 10 for the PSP has been improved for 2009 with enhanced colors and nice camera flashes that explode at the right moments. The animations of the players are still as smooth as you remember with no frame rate problems at all which made playing the games on Saturday a useful and satisfying experience. As you can see from the screenshots below, the graphics in NCAA Football 10 are superb and deserve to be seen by any sports games lover, as they offer you a great look at the game in a realistic fashion that will please everyone.
Sounds in the Game
The enhanced sounds of hitting in NCAA Football 10 for the PSP make hitting a lot more fun, the tackles really pop when you hit someone which was one of the best parts of the game play. The commentary of the announcers sounded nice, it was informative and the voice acting was excellent and really put me in the moment at times. So, when you add everything into the mixing pot, it just makes a great overall experience for any NCAA football lover.
NCAA Football 10 on the PSP does suffer in comparison to the console version in playability but then this is a PSP video game with the limitations that are inherent in the system. The drills included were fun, the activities you undertake are engaging at times but many will annoy you rather than entertain as you make your way through your day. They have included many of the elements you'll find in the console versions, only in stripped down forms that are paired to the performance ability of the PSP. You progress nicely as you play the game by gaining attribute points that bump up your player skills. The goals change depending on your past performances and the team your playing. They even added on screen prompts and things to help the casual gamer but most of these additions don't help. In fact, it was easier for me to look at the field and read what was happening or going to happen then pay attention to the helpful hints provided.
The Last Word
NCAA Football 10 on the PSP delivers the look and feel of the college life well with game play and other elements that help to immerse you in the college life. If you're planning on being in the backseat during a long road trip, sitting on a train for days on end or even taking a long flight, NCAA Football 10 is a great game to throw in your suitcase.
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