Northern transplants often complain that we don’t have any “real” seasons in Florida. While it takes the mark of a true Floridian to truly discern between seasons in Florida, there are only two seasons of true importance in our house — football season and waiting for football season. You can keep the pro games, give me a Saturday afternoon filled with NCAA college football and I am set.
We are a Gator household through and through from our smallest cheerleader with a Gator mobile over her crib to our big cheerleader who knows the words to important Gator songs and can lead a joyous chant of “Two Bits.”
So what is this family to do while we wait the long six (seven this year since there was no bowl game) months of off season? Play the NCAA video game, of course. It’s not the real deal, but sure does look good on our 55 inch TV screen!
My husband has been brushing up his skills on NCAA 12 in preparation for NCAA 13 (due to be released July 13). But I think the real reason I caught him so engrossed in the game is that he plans to challenge our nephew when he comes for a visit from Boston later this week, and doesn’t want to get shown up! The gauntlet has been thrown and the two plan to duel it out over the new NCAA 13. (Who knows, perhaps I will even get into the action and pick up the controllers for once!)
So what does the new NCAA 13 have that NCAA 12 doesn’t? Here are a few highlights:
Heisman Challenge—Win it for your school as you play as one of 10 former Heisman Trophy winners under center, in the backfield, or split wide, see if you can utilize his legendary skills for your favorite college team in a quest to match his award-winning historical performances and win the Heisman Trophy once again. (No Gator greats included in the list.)
An All-New Passing Game—A revolutionary passing system brings added authenticity to the Quarterback position from ball trajectory to play action pass to the option. Enhanced receiver control puts you in position to make a play on the ball and new read and react defensive coverage delivers greater realism on the gridiron.
Reaction Time—Great players see and feel the game differently. With Reaction Time, the game slows down during key moments, increasing your on-field awareness and opening up more opportunities as you sense things before they happen. (This sounds cool!)
Dynamic Dynasty—Recruiting goes deeper than ever with the addition of dynamic recruiting pitches. For the first time ever, your recruiting grades can change each week based on your performance in Dynasty mode. In addition, Gameday Saturdays come to life with live studio updates and enhanced commentary by Rece Davis.
In addition to the new features, families will once again be able to personalize their NCAA 13 game cover with the You’re Covered program. The special Facebook app will allow fans to choose their own team cover – Gators, of course, and then personalize it with the photo of a family member on the body of an NCAA 13 player. How cool is that?! I plan to create a cover with my nephew on it before he arrives as a surprise. (Shhhhh.)
While my husband gets ready for NCAA 13 by brushing up his skills (while being cheered on by his own personal cheerleader), I’ll be preparing a little family dinner night, tailgate style, for the throw down. After the launch of the new game, I promise to share highlights from game night at our house and an extra special treat – a giveaway! (Paying attention now, aren’t you! Well, you’ll have to wait until later this month for that.)
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