NCAA Football 14: Underrated Features That Make Game a Must-Own

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2013

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EA Sports has released NCAA Football 14 and the game is already receiving acclaim for the upgrades and changes the franchise has implemented for this year’s edition, per Brett Molina of USA Today.

While there are several key changes that have received the most press thus far, there are plenty of underrated features that make this game a must-own for all college football fans.

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Improved Playbooks

One of the most important differences between college football and the NFL is the usage of the option game and how much running quarterbacks play a role at the college level.

The playbooks have been upgraded in the 2014 edition of the game to reflect the differences in style, which results in some of the most accurate game plans possible for every team in the nation.

With the spread offenses also incorporated more this year, the ability to create diverse sets in many of the modes will keep the hardcore and casual fans alike interested.

Dynasty mode was already great, but adding more plays into gamers’ arsenals is always welcomed.


Nike Skills Trainer

Most gamers don’t care to train in practice modes, but NCAA Football 14 has upped the ante with the Nike Skills Trainer.

The new Infinity Engine 2 was incorporated into the game and that means an adjustment for the fans of this series. Taking the time to practice the way the changes impact the offense and defense will help make the in-game experience more exciting.

Do not fear practicing in between games and using the improved trainer, as it will only help your statistics in every game mode and online play. Practice does make perfect.


Commentary Upgrades

The franchise has brought back Brad Nessler and Kirk Herbstreit to do in-game play-by-play and color commentary respectively, but the focus on getting each game to feel more unique than the last has resulted in more in-depth coverage of your team's stats and style.

Most fans have been clamoring for more focused chatter from the announcers during the secondary modes in the game, and EA Sports has come up huge with major improvements in how Nessler and Herbstreit talk about individual players.

Add in ESPN's Rece Davis and David Pollack to do the commentary during the halftime shows and during in-game updates, and the talk in this edition of the game is the most authentic to date.