Difference in lighting between NCAA 10 and NCAA 11 is nuts

Every year, EA Sports releases its yearly iteration of college football known as NCAA Football 20XX. This year is the release of NCAA Football 2011. It’s usually at this time readers are getting ready to comment with the usual, “Oh great, a new rehash with updates rosters and a new cover athlete!” While that may be your first instinct, please give it a second and a fair chance.

The design and development team behind the franchise has been hard at work over the last 8 months creating what I believe to be one of the best looking football games of this generation. Not only has the team focused on the finer details of the game, but they’ve also been working on perfecting the lighting and grit of the sport.

Linear lighting also allows us to tune helmets, jerseys, and other player gear in a much more realistic way. For example; you’ll notice the skin looks more lifelike and less like plastic. Helmets and jerseys reflect the right amount of light. Colors are less saturated and react to lighting in a more realistic way. You might remember looking at previous versions of NCAA Football and feeling like things were too saturated and flat. We think we’ve addressed these issues thanks to this new level of control.

Now that you’ve had the chance to read that — check out this comparison between last year’s game and this year’s version. The difference is almost night and day.

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Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Readers Comments (8)

  1. wow, pretty amazing how much better it looks simply by improving the lighting.

  2. Wow, finally! I buy this game every year and it was starting to get very stale with the same old look.

  3. Moocows111111 March 26, 2010 @ 11:17

    In NCAA 11 the Light is more brighter and has a more realistic feel, while its shadows are darker to show some contrast and depth XD Overall its a nice improvement and it makes it look more stellar XD

  4. So does this mean that the football games are actually improving?

  5. @Hero No, the new lighting is most likely the only feature they’ve added. XD

    But wow does this game look impressive. The thumbnail for this article is a game screenshot, no? That’s impressive.

  6. holy crap, that looks almost real!

    well done NCAA, run Madden to the ground!!

  7. Pretty kool…Too bad I don’t play Sports games much…

  8. its does look a lot better with the lighting effects but hope they have added more than just lighting to the game.

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