EA Sports' NCAA Football 13 was released Tuesday and, as usual, the game is a must-buy for college football fans. While other elements of the game are enjoyable, NCAA Football's Dynasty Mode is still the best thing in all of sports video games.
The ability to take your favorite team, play it's games, recruit it's future stars and make a run at a championship (or several) is so addicting and enthralling that I've lost dozens of hours to it over the years.
But we all know the best way to go in Dynasty Mode: take over an awful, small school and work your way up to a big job.
While it may take a while, starting out at a small, moribund school and helping it to a decent record, then getting offered a better job is always rewarding. Work your way through a bad job or two and build them up to a decent level and you'll get a traditional powerhouse offering you a job. That's when things can really take off and you can battle for a BCS title.
There are few things in sports video games that match the recruiting and developing feature in Dynasty Mode. You get to target players, go out and get them and then watch them develop over time. It's actually rewarding.
You can recruit and develop a Robert Griffin-type talent, lead him to a Heisman Trophy in his junior season, then go through the process of convincing him to return to school for a final shot at collegiate glory.
I have always found NCAA Football far more addicting than the Madden franchise for that reason. You can recruit and develop the players you want, not the players you can afford. There is no balancing against a salary cap, and if you go after them in the right way you can bring in the top recruiting class year-in and year-out.
NCAA Football 13 has arrived folks, and now it's time to built your dynasty.