Excerpt: Have you been waiting for the next great college basketball title to hit the PlayStation 2? NCAA Final Four 2001, developed by Killer Games for this year’s 989 Sports lineup, is your only choice. Sure, you could fire up a 32-bit PSX title on your PS2 (don’t forget that PS2 is backwards compatible), but what you are hoping for is a 128-bit experience that will knock your socks off.
Excerpt: NCAA Final Four 2001 was my first experience with a PS2 game. I had heard all the hype of this great system and anxiously embraced NCAA Final Four 2001 as a father would a new-born son. I was pleasantly surprised as this 3 oz. baby boy was delivered into my PS2. The graphics were brilliant! Perfectly polished hardwood floors. Players that were different sizes and weight even... The stadiums and crowd looked awesome.
Excerpt: The graphics found here are representative of what I touched on in the introductory paragraph, some things are done well, yet several are done poorly. To avoid the negative tone that my 989 reviews tend to take these days, I'll start with the positives. The arenas are all nicely detailed, right down to the overhead lights reflecting off the floor.
Conclusion: My suggestion from here on out is that every time you see a 989 sports title sitting on the shelf, whether it's at Best Buy, EB, or even Blockbuster just pretend it's not there. Pass right by it like it's invisible and don't even think about picking it up and looking at the back of the box because all you will be seeing and reading are lies. So from now on 989 doesn't exist in my world of videogames.
Excerpt: Complain, if you must, that the NBA is sucking the college basketball talent pool dry, but every year the high profile college programs retool and replenish their teams, replacing the young millionaires that find themselves in the NBA draft. By that same token, every year around this time, the developers of college hoops games retool and rework last year's versions in hopes of creating the most realistic virtual hoops experience.