Summary: Parents need to know that this is a straightforward college basketball title with incredibly advanced controls. Fortunately, there are enough tutorial options to allow players to learn at their own pace. However, younger, inexperienced players may consider the controls too complex. Otherwise, it's a great avenue for learning how the college game works.
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: 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.
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: It did not take long into this new generation before I felt like basketball games were stuck in a "one step forward, one step backward" continuum. It wasn't until I played Visual Concepts' brilliant new Career Legacy Mode found in College Hoops 2K8 that I felt like I was playing something complete and coherent, crafted carefully and almost solely for next-generation consoles.
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.