Ryan Ferguson brought you a first-glance review of NCAA 09 that was generally positive, but some words of warning if you're still thinking about buying the game: it's plagued by an unusually high number of serious bugs this year. A sampling:
- Sliders are broken. CPU sliders do nothing and human sliders affect both the computer and the player.
- Roster editing remains enormously problematic, though EA says there is a patch coming in the next week.
- There are reports the online dynasty mode is broken and sometimes simulate games that have been played by human players.
- The new speed model (where a 99 speed is significantly faster than a 98 speed, which is a stupid change to make... just change the distributions of speed) causes major problems with CPU pursuit angles.
- SuperSim is still broken: if you use it to fast-forward through the end of a blowout and you're on 7 or 8 minute quarters it will pack in 60% more plays than would happen in an actual football game and you'll end up winning 120-17 or something. The sound you hear is my friend Anthony looking for a gun and a pen to write his suicide note ("DEAR EA: I HATE YOU SO MUCH") with.
- Kick returns are so, so broken.