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Bowl Patches Are Coming Back in NCAA Football 12

That’s right NCAA Football fans, bowl patches will be making their triumphant return in NCAA Football 12.

If you have read any of my articles concerning the NCAA Football series over the years, you know that I put a big emphasis on the little details in the game, especially details that were present in the years when the series was flourishing on the PS2 and Xbox in the early to mid 2000s. This small jersey presentation addition blew my mind when I first saw it in NCAA 2002, and it quickly became one of my favorite aspects of the series.

 


The patches themselves gave each bowl game the feeling that you were participating in something much bigger than a regular season game. Plus, I'm one of those geeks who loves everything about the pageantry and tradition of college football, so seeing the patches in a video game representation of my favorite sport was nothing short of a dream come true.

I was crushed when I picked up my copy of NCAA 07 for my Xbox 360, only to realize the patches had been removed. As we all found out the hard way, the HD era ushered in a NCAA Football franchise that felt stripped of many of the unique characteristics that had made the series so great. With each subsequent game release during this console generation, my hope for the re-emergence of the patches became more and more bleak. I felt as if something I had cherished for years had been stolen. No matter how hard I would try and overlook the patch omission, I simply could not shake that feeling of disappointment whenever my team reached a bowl game.

Over the past couple years, one of the first things I brought up whenever talking to NCAA developer Ben Haumiller or producer Roy Harvey, were the bowl patches.

“Are they back this year?” I'd ask.

“Ben are the patches back?” I'd inquire.

“Roy, that’s a great new lighting system, but what about bowl patches?” I'd say while batting my eyelashes like a high school girl at a Justin Bieber concert.

I sounded like a broken record, and I always got the same disappointing answer: "We tried to get them in this year, we really did, but it just didn't happen."

So imagine my excitement when I sent an e-mail to Ben to ask about an aspect in NCAA 12, only to get an added surprise message from Ben that those beautiful little sewn-on patches would be making their return as well.

And thanks to my undying love, devotion and infatuation with the patches, Ben has let us break the news!

Now, I can already hear the cynics out there saying, “bowl patches, psssh, who cares, tell me about gameplay."

 


And while I agree with you that there are bigger gameplay issues to tackle before this franchise is once again considered elite, I’ll tell you why bowl patches are relevant. Take a look at my article from back in January about creating a better NCAA 12. If you read the first paragraph, you will realize that most of what I asked for in terms of presentation has already been announced over the last few weeks. The NCAA team is paying attention to the little details that make NCAA Football so great, and most importantly of all, paying attention to what the community wants -- case in point, forum member's ODogg's hard-line stance on dreadlocks.

I look at it this way, if the NCAA team has put the time and effort into the small presentation details, similar to the developers who work on MLB: The Show, then I have confidence that the developers have put just as much effort into refining the solid on-field gameplay. This also means there are no excuses for NCAA 12 and beyond. This year's game must include smarter CPU AI on both sides of the ball, better blocking logic, scrambling quarterbacks and CPU opponents that also utilize "120 ways to win" a game. After all, with bowl patches now back, I need another crusade to embark on this year.

According to Ben, this week will be a busy one concerning the release of information on the game, and OS’ own Chase Becotte will be checking in later in the week with some hands-on impressions. So strap yourselves in NCAA Football fans, the ride that is the NCAA Football 12 hype mobile is gearing up. Make sure to check OS for the latest NCAA 12 updates as they become available.


Christian McLeod is a senior (citizen) staff writer here at Operation Sports. Devastated by his beloved Michigan State Spartans' collapse in last year's Capital One Bowl (featuring bowl patches), he is on a mission to win a national championship with the team in this year's EA Media NCAA 12 online dynasty. Make sure to follow him on Twitter @Bumble14_OS, talk to him on our forums via Bumble14, or challenge him online at XBL/PSN Gamertag Bumble14.


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# 1 vln13 @ 04/18/11 01:11 PM
That's it for today? Patches? Seriously... nice but not that big a deal.
 
# 2 ChaseB @ 04/18/11 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by vln13
That's it for today? Patches? Seriously... nice but not that big a deal.
(Embargo for impressions and so forth is still up until Thursday).
 
# 3 Hova57 @ 04/18/11 01:14 PM
That's cool patches are back . but more than anything is looking at these new pics and seeing part of there feet imersed into the field is just freakin awesome.
 
# 4 COACH WEBB @ 04/18/11 01:15 PM
There is going to be a blog later on today about from EASPORTS. It was announced on their FACEBOOK page.
 
# 5 COACH WEBB @ 04/18/11 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Hova57
That's cool patches are back . but more than anything is looking at these new pics and seeing part of there feet imersed into the field is just freakin awesome.
Yes! That is amazing man! Looks really clean and fresh and I've LOVING the colored gloves!
 
# 6 The GIGGAS @ 04/18/11 01:19 PM
Good stuff, Chase. It'll be nice to take the Hokies to the National Championship and see that patch on their jerseys.
 
# 7 PantherBeast_OS @ 04/18/11 01:20 PM
Hmmm Bowls patches sound cool. Nothing agaist that and all. But hoping for blog later on today tho. Chase thanks for the info bro.
 
# 8 ch46647 @ 04/18/11 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by COACH WEBB
There is going to be a blog later on today about from EASPORTS. It was announced on their FACEBOOK page.
Awesome! I am glad this is not the only news we are getting today.

I agree with the poster above about the feet actually sinking into the grass. I am really hoping that the players actually PLANT their feet when they run this year. In previous Madden/NCAA's on next gen the players literally just glide across the field. It is vey noticeable and is not only an eye-sore but also makes the game very unrealistic because nobody actually plants their feet and cuts, etc..

Add this gliding to a pretty bad running animation and stiff robotic movements and that is a big part of the problem with next-gen football games IMO.
 
# 9 mm boost @ 04/18/11 01:21 PM


here is a new screenshot from that post...here is what I noticed:

-textured grass looks AMAZING!
-Eli Manning helmet is in
-Players look more lifelike
-DREADS
-Ankle braces are black!!!!!!!!!
-colored gloves
-looks like we will get to change the color of chin straps, the lineman in that picture has a green chin strap.
-bowl patches looks great
-can't wait for big time news on thursday

I hope with these bowl patches that we get individual bowl game presentation. Like the announcers talking about the Sugar bowl, and having presentation graphics showing you which game you play in. I want to see each game feel more individualized. This is what is going to put this game over the top, especially when it comes to long dynasties, and playing every game of a season. It will keep the game fresh, and keep it from becoming monotonous.
 
# 10 blkrptnt819 @ 04/18/11 01:32 PM
I see the grass is ripped up. I wonder does that effect a player if they step back in the same spot? But 11 and it looks like 12 is gonna take NCAA to another level.
 
# 11 aTTckr @ 04/18/11 01:35 PM
Don't get me wrong bowl patches are nice to have in the game but seriously you got to stop hyping up stuff like this for days. There is almost no option here but to be disappointed. Let's hope that the blog today will be better.
 
# 12 COACH WEBB @ 04/18/11 01:35 PM
I hope they have the solid vapors with the white. Like these in the picture below as another option for cleats. Also, the special Nike Vapors for the Pro Combat Unis as well.




 
# 13 poopoop @ 04/18/11 01:38 PM
We're sitting here, and I'm supposed to be getting new info on NCAA, and we're talking about patches. I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about patches, not gameplay, not features, not presentation, but we're talking about patches. Not the gameplay that I go out there and spend hours with and play every game like it's my last but we're talking about patches man. How silly is that?
 
# 14 COACH WEBB @ 04/18/11 01:39 PM
The default "shoulder pad height" seems to be on point.
 
# 15 Solidice @ 04/18/11 01:39 PM
I had a feeling it was going to be bowl patches, since it was stated it was going to be a small presentational detail. Not terribly exciting, but details are always nice.

Love seeing the grass actually coming apart in the pictures.
 
# 16 Indiansbro @ 04/18/11 01:40 PM
Are they still doin the blog today
 
# 17 ChaseB @ 04/18/11 01:41 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by aTTckr
Don't get me wrong bowl patches are nice to have in the game but seriously you got to stop hyping up stuff like this for days. There is almost no option here but to be disappointed. Let's hope that the blog today will be better.
You talking about OS or EA? Don't think we have been hyping anything on the front page or anything...
 
# 18 hurricanefootball4 @ 04/18/11 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by poopoop
We're sitting here, and I'm supposed to be getting new info on NCAA, and we're talking about patches. I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about patches, not gameplay, not features, not presentation, but we're talking about patches. Not the gameplay that I go out there and spend hours with and play every game last it's my last but we're talking about patches man. How silly is that?
I didn't know Allen Iverson played NCAA Football! Well played

We'll have more this afternoon, they wanted to let Christian break the news on bowl patches but I believe we'll get more in the blog post than just bowl patches information
 
# 19 justinjones.us @ 04/18/11 01:43 PM
A NCAA Blog about anything makes my day. I'm hoping they put in a more unique playing environment for bowl games. You know since that's what your actually playing for and recruiting for the entire season. No matter how small everything helps and I'm glad EA is looking at the detailed stuff that makes College Football authentic and exciting. I can't wait till I get my hands on this game!
 
# 20 inglip @ 04/18/11 01:46 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by poopoop
We're sitting here, and I'm supposed to be getting new info on NCAA, and we're talking about patches. I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about patches, not gameplay, not features, not presentation, but we're talking about patches. Not the gameplay that I go out there and spend hours with and play every game last it's my last but we're talking about patches man. How silly is that?
Rofl, love the reference.

Notice how on that one screenshot #72, #47, and #8 seem to be looking towards the ball carrier. Could this finally mean players will be aware of where the ball is (wide outs and d backs turning their heads and looking for it on catches, eyes following the ball carrier when making tackles, etc.)? Sounds like a small feature but it was a beautiful thing in the 2K series.
 

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