Faculty soccer followers are nonetheless ready for the mess between the NCAA and athletes relating to compensation to resolve itself so corporations like EA Sports activities can get again to placing out video video games.
Within the meantime, modders have taken issues into their very own fingers utilizing the PC model of Madden NFL 19 to wedge the faculty sport into the NFL title the perfect they’ll. One of many newest, known as College Football Mod 19 (CFBM19), replaces the NFL’s 32 groups in Play Now mode with the pre-season high 25 faculty groups (plus seven others) and in addition consists of rosters and a few college-only guidelines.
I not too long ago performed the mod, and located it a straightforward – albeit restricted – technique to expertise the faculty sport.
Putting in the PC mod (via the Operation Sports forums) is easy. One in every of its creators, TheBleedingRed21, has easy-to-follow directions in each video and text kind for downloading and putting in the mod. There may be additionally a roster file (with one replace already out) of real-life gamers in addition to an optionally available file of customized gameplay settings. Different small issues to notice: The mod solely makes use of DX11, and it is launched by way of the Frosty Mod Supervisor (which you put in by way of the directions above), not Origin.
As soon as put in, arguably probably the most compelling characteristic of the mod, aside from the flexibility to play with the groups themselves, is the uniforms. Groups like Oregon and Clemson have alternate uniform choices (all of the mods uniforms are from the 2018 season) that embody totally different helmets and there are even convention patches. Groups do not have the bloated faculty rosters, however they do have the actual participant names and an try at participant likenesses.
The mod additionally tries to ship a few of the college-only points of gameplay that set it other than the NFL. Fields’ hashmarks are set wider than within the professional sport (affecting playcalling and field-goal makes an attempt), the clock stops after a primary down, and catches solely require one foot to be inbounds.
The mod consists of College of Central Florida’s Area Sport unis.
The sport itself is not totally moddable, so the modifications solely go up to now. The mod covers Play Now and apply modes, and isn’t supposed for Franchise or the web modes, and doesn’t embody the faculty additional time format. Presentation-wise, there are some faculty team-branded overlays, however the commentary is unchanged, the stadiums are imprecise approximations at greatest, and coaches roam the sidelines in workforce gear however are the identical fashions as within the common NFL sport.
There are plans for the same mod for Madden 20 that ought to hopefully be out sooner within the sport’s lifecycle than this one was for Madden 19, however that each one will depend on how a lot of the code the makers can entry within the new sport.
It is restricted, however the CFBM19 mod exhibits that followers’ urge for food for the faculty sport has not diminished one bit, it is simply getting extra creative.