Excerpt: The college game of basketball is not the same as that played in the NBA, and this point is not lost on the developers of College Hoops 2K8. The first big difference is that the college game is played in front of some of the rowdiest crowds you'll find in any sport. A fired-up student section can make it feel like the whole arena is shaking apart. College Hoops tries to capture some of this energy with its new 6th Man Meter.
Conclusion: And the game’s Legacy mode is deeper than ever. In fact, it’s almost too deep this time around. CH2K8 adds the Amateur Basketball Leagues to the high-school mix for virtual coaches to pull from. Coaches are forced to go through game after game and menu after menu to recruit players and flesh out their rosters. Sometimes there’s a fine line between depth and complication, and CH2K8 ’s Legacy mode trips and falls way too far over that line.
Excerpt: 2K8 is simply a fun, tight, clean basketball effort. Most of the glaring flaws that were present in last year's game have been tightened up, and there are several new features to the gameplay that will keep the game new. That has been one of the complaints of the series in recent years-that it's really just the same game with a fresh coat of paint each year.
Excerpt: For the past several years, in both NBA and College basketball games, the 2K series has been the game of choice over EA's ballers. This year is no exception. It returns the same excellent gameplay that we've come to expect from the series, and adds some new elements that enhance the experience. College Hoops 2K8 is definitely your best option for a college basketball game this season. 2K8 is simply a fun, tight, clean basketball effort.
Summary: Though its NBA franchise gets plenty of attention, 2K Sports' College Hoops series has flown under the radar of many sports fans, despite being quite good in its own right. Like 2K7 before it, College Hoops 2K8 isn't tremendously different from its predecessor, but it's the small changes, like new gameplay mechanics and an improved legacy mode, that make this year's installment great and one sure to please college basketball fanatics.
Pros: Plenty of game modes, Nice customization options, Gameplay is as solid as ever, Robust online component, Fantastic audio
Cons: Once again, too many missed layups, Controls have gotten too complicated, Recruiting gets tedious and isn't helped by the poor menus
Excerpt: Like their real-life counterparts, college sports video games have the unenviable task of trying to become more than just the “little brother” to the professional version. In both football and basketball, the two sports that consistently release both a pro and college game, the NCAA versions, while often lagging behind in sales numbers, often wind up being the superior product.