A good amount of sports fans prefer college football to pro football. Here’s why: college football is, well, less professional than the NFL. This often lends itself to a more exciting game. You’ll see many more trick plays and lead changes, but that’s also due to the lower skill level — d-backs blow coverages, linebackers miss tackles, and overall, things are just more crazy. In the spirit of spicing things up on the college end, EA is featuring four different athletes on the covers of the varying platform versions of their upcoming college football videogame, NCAA Football 09.
The 360 version’s cover was the first to be made public. The lucky college football star is Darren McFadden, former tailback for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. (Aside: Colleges also have one other thing over the NFL...awesome mascots.) A two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up and All-American, McFadden left college after the 2007 season (his junior year) and has entered the 2008 NFL Draft. I tell ya, these kids are going to have nothing to fall back on if football doesn’t pan out...
The official press release from EA (después del salto) also mentions the future unveiling of the Break Away Animation Engine, which will make on-field movements much more fluid and responsive by allowing gamers to “break” in and out of animations. As for the rest of the covers, here’s the schedule. Next up will be the Wii version’s artwork, which EA will reveal on March 18th; the PS3 cover won’t be shown until April 24th. The PS2 and PSP versions will share the same cover, which won’t see the light of day until early May. Check out McFadden on the 360 box below. Any guesses for the other three coverboys?
[via The Man Room — thanks, Jonathan!]