) has released its latest football game,
NCAA Football 14
, laden with new features as well as improved and innovative
gameplay. The game can be played on
) Xbox 360 and
) PlayStation 3 consoles.
Powered by Infinity Engine 2,
NCAA Football 14
allows gamers to try new moves, such as stiff-arms, trucking, Hit
Stick and dive tackles. Apart from this, the game has Dynasty
mode with New Coach Skills and Power Recruiting options.
In the latest version, EA has incorporated the Ultimate Team
mode, which allows gamers to form a team from 2,000 former NCAA
The current installment has received a metascore of 77 (Xbox)
and 75 (PS3) from Metacritic in addition to positive reviews from
critics and gamers. The earlier version under the NCAA Football
NCAA Football 13
, had scored 76 (Xbox 360) and 79 (PS3).
The NCAA franchise has been successful over the years and is
evident from the reported sale of 23 million copies to date,
which helped the franchise earn $900 million in revenues. Thus,
positive reviews and a large fan following should act as
tailwinds for the franchise in generating incremental revenues
We believe that EA's high-quality titles, a robust product
pipeline along with increasing online exposure and traction in
the social and mobile gaming market will boost its top line over
the long term.
However, EA faces a number of headwinds including a soft video
game industry performance, particularly due to weakness in retail
sales amid an aging console system lifecycle. Additionally,
) and other gaming companies are the near-term headwinds.
Currently, EA carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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