Conclusion: A very simple (perhaps a bit too simple looking) meter gives feedback as to how the game is being paced, as does the pop-in coaching tips which, if followed, will lead to more success on the court. For instance, a coach may chime in to say that fatigue is setting in—a sure-fire sign that a slow-paced possession-style team is playing too quickly. The system works as advertised, but it’s a tad bit oversimplified since only three team tempos are available.
Conclusion: Great for you ESPN FREAK, LIKE me, the music for the opening game is great but the gameplay is a little rough, but dickey v and brad nessler have great commentating and also its a easy 740 gamerscore so i hoe everyone enjoy the game, ncaa basketball is 10 x better than this game its also a easy 750 gamerscore, plus it also a great game when you friends over to for a party or something, lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol loll olo lol lolololololololo lolo lol ol ol...
Conclusion: Perhaps if you're a big fan of having the success of your scoring attempts decided randomly, or you enjoy being able to not really do much to defend against your opponent, then this game will be your cup of tea, as it seems to capture the stultifying world of basketball well, but any fan of true contact sports (football or hockey, for instance) will find themselves bored.
Conclusion: A polished game overall that falls victim to crimes of the past. Every basketball installment from EA in this next-gen era of video gaming gives up a bit of improvement with the essential roster update. However, they fail to fix the ultimate mistake of all of those games. The shot-taking mechanics still lack fluidity which leads to a nominal score. You will enjoy this game if you are at all interesting in college hoops.
Excerpt: The series formerly known as March Madness has ditched the long-running title in favor of an early December debut, borrowing more than a few ideas from its pro hoops counterpart, NBA Live, in the process. As the final sports game from EA for 2008, does it build on what has been a solid year for the prolific publisher? The design is solid, if not particularly surprising.
Excerpt: NCAA Basketball 09 made some big improvements on last year’s March Madness edition. However these additions opened the door to new problems. On offense you will notice the difficulty of using the quick-hit moves. The moves look pretty in the open court but when you’re being pressured or trying to get to the rack, it doesn’t really work. I would also guess that with a predecessor that focused so much on post moves, they would be just as good this year. Not the case.
Excerpt: If you’re as big a college hoops fan as I am, then it will be very prudent for you to know that whether or not you’re a fan of EA’s NCAA Basketball 09, you don’t have any other options now. In 2008, Electronic Arts became the exclusive brand covering college basketball so it’s either the NCAA Basketball series or nothing. You would think that EA, knowing they’ve shut out the competition, would then try to make this game as kick ass as possible.
Summary: With 2K bowing out of the college hoops war this year, NCAA 09 is the only game available to tide you over until March Madness. Luckily it provides a solid product. While some of the gameplay animations could be improved, the depth is unparalleled and the new tempo style offer up limitless ways to go through a season.
Pros: Nice graphics and solid gameplay.
Cons: Player movements in NCAA 09 are still awkward.