Summary: NCAA March Madness 08 is a frustrating game because it really should have been good. The developer got a lot right, such as a new low-post game, an improved interface, and online leagues. But for every improvement, there seems to be a problem to cancel it out. And it's not just small problems, either. The gameplay is incredibly sluggish, the ball physics are off, teams don't have their real schedules, and the frame rate is downright terrible on the PlayStation 3.
Pros: New post moves work great, Improved interface makes dynasty mode more enjoyable, Does a nice job capturing the college atmosphere
Cons: Yet another PS3 EA Sports game with a busted frame rate, Gameplay is sloooooow, A large number of small nagging issues really bring down the gameplay, Lack of real team schedules and inability to alter sim length are big oversights in dynasty mode
Excerpt: Another year, another iteration of EA’s NCAA March Madness. Last year’s attempt deserved a lot of kudos for the spot-on feeling of watching and being at an NCAA game, but the gameplay definitely left a lot to be desired. This year, EA tried to right the ship. Back again is the same spot-on feel of the crowd and announcers; you can complain about Madden being repetitive all you want, but when it comes to Dickie V, he’s always been represented fairly accurately in...
Excerpt: At the very least, NCAA March Madness 08 looks like a next generation title should. Character models are detailed and, though they move a little slower than real life players, show off a variety of animations. Character movement, however, becomes a bit of a problem during games though; there are a number of scripted sequences that play out during games that, regardless of what is happening on the court, always seem to play out the exact same way.
Excerpt: For yeas now, EA Sports' line-up has consisted of both professional and college sports, specifically for basketball and football. The NCAA Football is one of EA's strongest franchises, and commonly it plays very much like the upcoming Madden game, which tends to debut about a month later. For the most part, their basketball NCAA franchise seems to work the same way, largely playing and looking like NBA Live.