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JXC

17-3 since 2001
I have never played this game before, but had a few questions. Is there any way to build your own conference in the game?

How many scenarios are there and how good are they?

How good does the Shoe look and how are the chants and band and crowd sounds?

Are there any other cool features about the game that you really like?
 
Not sure about building a conference. You can be invited into a conference if you do well at a smaller school.

There are probably 20 or so scenarios. They range from pretty easy (1998 OSU-MSU, just score) to really difficult (1982 Cal-Stanford, 1980 BYU-SMU in difficult situations). Most are pretty decent.

The Shoe looks great. My only issues with OSU in the game are that they play the wrong songs. They play "Across The Field" after touchdowns when it should be "Buckeye Battle Cry". There are schools in there where they have two fight songs, and get it right, so I know it can be done.

I like the dynasty mode the best. I've done both a dynasty where it's just me, and I play out the games, as well as one with friends where we all take a school and just sim the games. I don't have XBox Live, so I've never tried the online.
 
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BrutuStrength

It's time to bring it!
JonathanXC said:
Well I was just kind of wondering if there was a way to get the Big 10 to have 12 teams (maybe like Notre Dame) and play a season or dynasty like that.
There is no conference expansion. If ND joins the B10, then a lesser school (like Indiana) is kicked out.

The dynasty mode is still excellent. They did a lot of work to this year's game to improve the feeling of home field advantage and the like. Crowds respond pretty well to big plays, and seem to be "tuned" into the game.
 
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Agreed on the crowd response. For example, if it's the 4th quarter, tied, and the opponent is inside your red zone, they're cheering a lot louder than a second down early in a blowout.

My only complaint about it is that the announcers sometimes comment too often on the crowd noise. I've had 4th quarters where Brad Nessler talks about how quiet a stadium is after every play. :)
 
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powerlifter

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If you have a choice, get it for ps2 not xbox. Ea released and unfinished game. It sticks and glitches like crazy. Play espn 2k5 and then play ncaa 05 its in slow motion,and yes its ive only noticed it for xbox. I personally think they could have done a better job and hope espn comes out with a college football game next year.

If anyone knows how to run the wr direct and analog blitz then they will own an unexperienced player.
 
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methomps

an imbecility, a stupidity without name
You can add D1-AA teams to conferences (in place of existing teams), but the only way to move teams around conferences is in dynasty (and you can't control it, bad teams get kicked out in favor of strong Independents). Hopefully next year they will allow customizable conferences.

Recruiting is always the big draw for this game. This year you can move players from position-to-position (I hear Petey specifically demanded this for Fred Davis) and you can recruit athletes.

A new thing they added to dynasty is infractions/violations. Your players get in trouble over the course of the season and you have to punish them or eventually risk sanction from the NCAA. It is a little unrealistic in that the suspensions the game expects you to hand out are a bit heavy (multiple games for things like being late to a meeting or skipping a voluntary workout...how you can punish someone for missing a voluntary workout is beyond me). Next year it should be very good.

Home Field Advantage is the big new item for actual gameplay. On defense, you can pump the crowd up and get the screen shaking. The other team can't hear audibles and loses composure (another new feature).
 
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Clarity

Will Bryant
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powerlifter said:
If you have a choice, get it for ps2 not xbox. Ea released and unfinished game. It sticks and glitches like crazy. Play espn 2k5 and then play ncaa 05 its in slow motion,and yes its ive only noticed it for xbox. I personally think they could have done a better job and hope espn comes out with a college football game next year.

If anyone knows how to run the wr direct and analog blitz then they will own an unexperienced player.

Hmm, I've played it for both, and didn't notice a speed difference. The only time it ever slows down for me and gets a bit of chop is if I'm running out from near my goal-line (and I play at 480p resolution to boot) --and then only for a single play. In somewhere near 70 games, I've never had a freeze either (can't say that for 2004, although that wasn't nearly as bad as 2003). Haven't noticed any glitches, although I'm not sure what you meant there.

Which isn't to say you're wrong, and isn't a defense of EA, because I think they're a fat and lazy evil empire (despite liking their games), but just wanted to share a different experience.
 
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I have had glitches in the XBox version, but from talking to a friend in the business, I think it's the hardware. My understanding is that early XBoxes shipped with a different CD drive than the later ones, and my early one has some issues with some newer games. Thus, it freezes up every once in a while. (probably not more than 1 in 20 games)
 
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Hubbard

Administrator's
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The freezing up of the game totally is hardware realted specically the DVD drive. That is thing they are going to need to improve the most on XBox2, because I knwo alot of people who have had there drives go.
 
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BrutuStrength

It's time to bring it!
I have an Xbox from the original launch date and it seems to work fine. Regarding slowdown, most of what I've experienced is online, during running plays. My understanding is that HD settings used online tend to cause some of these problems, due to the extra graphical demands. This becomes even worse when both players have HDTVs (which I do.) I don't notice much slowdown during dynasty, maybe some around the goaline, but I think that's also likely due to the extra graphical requirements, since there's extra graphics having stands and background scenery, etc.
 
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BrutusMaximus

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The Xbox version sucks badly, I returned mine in a day.......the PS2 one runs much better, just the loading, saving time that sucks. I hope Sega makes a college game next year, cause NFl 2k5 is sweet. Blows the shit out of Madden.
 
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Clarity

Will Bryant
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BrutusMaximus said:
The Xbox version sucks badly, I returned mine in a day.......the PS2 one runs much better, just the loading, saving time that sucks. I hope Sega makes a college game next year, cause NFl 2k5 is sweet. Blows the shit out of Madden.


Yeah, just goes to show you how different experiences can be. I found the Xbox version perceptibly superior on several levels (480p, audio, hard drive room, etc.) and didn't see any PS2 advantage in terms of game slowdown or glitches. It was really no contest for me.

I use the green/Halo XBox, but also have one of the originals downstairs that Vince played the game on. I use the slimline PS2. The XBox is hooked via component cables.
 
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