NCAA Football 14 Sights and Sounds
College is a time to express your true identity, and collegefootball teams seem to be embracing that mantra wholeheartedly. Alternate uniforms, base layers, team-specific gloves and more have become commonplace (word choice) in the college game, and the team behind NCAA Football 14 is working feverishly to keep up with the nation’s new looks.
Those new uniforms go a long way to nailing the college stadium atmosphere. The NCAA Football franchise has moved even closer to replicating the real thing this year, with the introduction of two stadium anthems.
“When You Look Good, You Play Good”
The above quote comes from former University of Oregon running back Kenjon Barner, who took a few moments while he was visiting the EA SPORTS Orlando studio to talk about Oregon’s love of trend-setting uniforms. While alternate and throwback jerseys have been around for years, it’s hard to think of uniform variety without thinking of the Ducks. The team has been tinkering with its look since 1998, providing a staggering number of combinations of jerseys, helmets and pants.
It seems these days everyone is getting in on the action, and the NCAA Football 14 team has been working closely with Adidas, Nike, Russell, and Under Armour to keep up with all the new looks and get them into the game. Teams will be debuting new uniforms every week of the upcoming season, and the goal is to get the new looks into the game as quickly as possible.
Building a Seven Nation Army
The familiar strains of Jack White’s guitar-turned-bass and the chant of “Oh… Oh-OH-oh oh OHH OHH” is probably a sound you’ve heard a million times at sporting events, and when Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes kicks up you’re ready to join in the refrain with more than 100,000 of your closest friends. The song, which came to America via Penn State’s Blue-White scrimmage in 2006, has become a staple in the sports world, and you’ll hear that chanted bass line echoing around football stadiums every weekend in the fall.
In a similar vein, many fans are also familiar with Kernkraft 400 by Zombie Nation, the electro-funk song that has been getting crowds jumping and chanting for over a decade. Traditionally, Kernkraft 400 has been used to pump fans up during timeouts or as a way to keep the crowd hot after a big play, making it hard for visitors to regain their composure.
This year NCAA Football 14 will be bringing that same emotion to the virtual gridiron, firing up virtual crowds with both Seven Nation Armyand Kernkraft 400. One of our goals was to keep these experiences authentic to how they’re used in actual NCAA stadiums, so expect to hear the crowd get particularly loud and imposing right before a kickoff or during a key 3rd down situation. Like our other crowd chants, these audio clips were taken from actual games and live crowds. The team traveled to more than 30 different FBS games last year, and every time one or both of these songs played to fire up the crowd.
For those with school spirit to spare, don’t worry. You’ll still get to hear “Rocky Top,” “Glory, Glory,” “Buckeye Battle Cry” and all your other favorites, but there will be yet another layer of realism to the crowd.
Gaining New Perspective
Another new feature is the ability to play games from one of three new camera angles. First up is the Wide camera, which presents the game from an angle akin to the “All 22” coach’s film. This full shot of the field keeps all players in frame and will allow players to keep tabs on all players at all times.
There is also the Zoom camera, which starts off from tackle-to-tackle and stays close to the ball throughout. If you want get the perspective of the QB or one of the backs then this is a good choice.
Last but not least is the Coordinator camera, which provides a view of the whole field initially, but dynamically zooms in during the play to follow the action. Traditionalists can still enjoy the Standard camera, but the new camera offers additional perspectives for anyone that wants to experience the game from a new angle. In addition, all these cameras will also be available in Road to Glory.
The new uniforms, stadium sounds and camera angles make NCAA Football 14 the most immersive in the series to date.
Fans can keep up to date by visiting the NCAA Football website, Facebook, and Twitter for exclusive assets and unique insights into all of this year’s new features. College football enthusiasts can also get involved in the conversation by tweeting with the hashtag #PLAYTRUE.