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August 11, 2009

NCAA Football 10 - Road to Glory Beginning

I had a bit of extra time last night before bed, so I decided to give the Road to Glory mode in NCAA Football 10 a whirl, seeing if I might like it.

I have to say that I didn't know what I was missing. So far, it's quite cool.

What is "Road to Glory?" Basically, you create a football player, play through your high school tournament and get scholarship offers from various colleges. You then choose which one you want to go to, and ultimately try to become a Heisman Trophy winner (or at least give a good account of yourself).

You choose which position you want to play, you name your player, you choose your home town, and you even name your high school! So, I created an option-oriented quarterback named David Roy from Davenport West high school. So far, I've only had the chance to play two of the four high school tournament games, but it's still been a cool experience. After each game, it tells you how you did and which colleges were in attendance at the game. It will be cool to see what happens when you're actually playing a college game. Maybe the announcers will say my name!

One cool thing about Road to Glory, which will shorten how long it takes to play each game, is that you only play while you're on the field. If you're not on the field (say your team's defense is on the field), then you can either sim each play, watch each play, or just sim until you're on the field again. Since you're not the coach, you don't even call the plays (though if you're a quarterback, you can audible). Thus, it really wouldn't be a good idea to make yourself a punter or something like that.

This is a seriously cool thing, and I don't know why I never tried it last year. I will have to alternate between coaching Iowa State to the National Championship (STOP LAUGHING OVER THERE!) and watching myself rise through the ranks of college football.

I feel like this game has just been given a new life, not that it was close to expiring before.


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