Achievement Preview Spotlight: NCAA Football 14

By Jonathan Barnes, 3 years ago
While we might have just entered summer, we're inching closer to the annual, fall sports game release season. With new entries from Madden, NHL, FIFA, and NBA 2K on the way (I'll believe EA's really putting out NBA Live when I see it on a shelf), we officially kick off the season with next week's release of NCAA Football 14. Fraternity houses everywhere will be putting pledges on "Name Duty" and entire digital seasons will be played before your alma mater takes the field. As with most annual titles, the achievement list could be pretty predictable, but for craps and giggles, let's take a look at what EA Tiburon has in store, shall we?

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For starters, NCAA 14 features 41 achievements and no secrets, so you won't need a cheat sheet to pass the midterm. Of those 41 achievements, they appear to be pretty evenly spread across the game's many modes, so you'll probably need to major in general studies for a while if you want to get the completion.

Let's kick off this examination with my first ever "Mark May Award" for "Achievement that you're going to hate and knew was coming".

Change Your Mind in NCAA Football 14
Call an audible via Kinect

I'm going to call for a moment of silence so that you can all express your rage in appropriate and healthy ways. Might I suggest a good, "Harumph!"

Yep. From an initial glance, you're going to need a Kinect to complete this year's edition of NCAA 14. In the event you DO have one, I hope you like yelling "BROWN BEAR UPSIDE TWENTY-EIGHT!" at your television.

The next achievement is getting the "Braxton Miller Award" for dual-threat awesomeness.

Keep 'em Honest in NCAA Football 14
Gain 200 rushing yards and 200 passing yards in the same game (excludes Co-Op and Road to Glory).

In reality, this should be easy since it doesn't specify you need to get 200 rushing and passing with ONE player... although Braxton will probably do that a few times this season.

Since the lifeblood of college football is recruiting, NCAA 14 seems to be putting a heavier emphasis on it with their achievements. Even high school is getting into the mix.

High School Champ in NCAA Football 14
Play and win the High School Championship Game in any state.

Really, EA Tiburon should have called this one the "I Don't Want Your Life" achievement, but I don't think they were willing to shell out for Van Der Beek.

Personally, my favorite achievement out of the entire list is the following one.

Welcome to the Club in NCAA Football 14
This is a rare achievementWin the National Championship in year 1 of Dynasty with S. Alabama, Georgia State, or Old Dominion.

I get the feeling that this achievement is going to take a lot of tinkering with the roster.

Finally, the grand-daddy of all achievements. They really should have just called this achievement "Nick Saban".

Dual Threat Coach in NCAA Football 14
This is a rare achievementWin the BCS Championship & have the #1 recruiting class in a single season as head coach in Dynasty.

There is a part of me that says it will be easier for Saban to get this for real than it will be for some gamers to get it digitally... he's that evil good.

Other achievements of note appear to be Hometown Hero (lead your alma mater to a National Championship as a head coach in Dynasty (Coach Contracts on)), Living Legend (reach a coach prestige of A+ with a created coach in Dynasty (Coach Contracts on)), Top of the Class (win an NCAA Ultimate Team championship), and This One Is Hard 3.0 (build an NCAA Ultimate Team with a skill rating of at least 85).

As you noticed, many of the toughest achievements seem to revolve around coaching and building teams. Most of the achievements for actually playing games seem pretty straightforward and can probably be jobbed by creating mismatches (Hello, Ohio State versus Little Sisters of the Poor!).

There you have it. If you've got a Kinect, a bunch of coaching experience, a little bit of booster help, and a lot of patience, you shouldn't have much of a problem completing NCAA Football 14 when it's released next week.

Go Bucks!

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Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.