Conclusion: Wits & Wagers is definitely meant to be played with friends that you know. The AI of the computer-controlled players feels completely random—there’s no real rhyme nor reason to how any of the CPU players guess or bet. Playing against random strangers isn’t much better, due to the fact that one big element of strategy in the game is learning just who’s the brainiac in your circle of friends.
Conclusion: Visually, NCAA March Madness 07 is a bit basic. There’s nothing that spectacular about the visuals, which would be fine if this lack of detail kept things silky smooth. In fact, the only silk here can be found in the nets, as most of the action is chunky. The animations and player models are excellent, but facial maps and textile work is below average.
Excerpt: March Madness 07 certainly lives up to its name because this “madness” resembles bipolar disorder. The game is at once a lot of fun to play and a frustrating experience. You’ll be exposed to this dual personality right from the beginning. On the one hand the game lets you shoot baskets while it’s loading which is awesome.
Excerpt: Electronic Arts skipped over college basketball fans last year on the 360, making NCAA 07 March Madness their first rendition of the series onto the next-gen console. The presentation is almost identical to NBA Live 07, specifically the opening menu system. The player can shoot practice hoops before navigating the main menu. The menu structure is absolutely confusing to navigate, particularly when backing out of a submenu.
Conclusion: much-improved visuals, a stellar, upgraded Dynasty Mode and better gameplay, although NCAA March Madness 07 still needs some more fine-tuning to return to being the undeniable champ of college basketball video gaming. As a whole, NCAA March Madness 07 still possesses its most redeeming quality — capturing the true aura of college basketball with a great representation of the actual arenas, each with its own distinctive touches, and the excitement and pure craziness at...
Excerpt: EA has been punching out March Madness games for a number of years now, and the results have been… decent. It has always been a good game of hoops, and excelled in capturing the college ball atmosphere. In recent years, however, it has taken a big time backseat to the 2K Sports series, which has indeed been superior.
Conclusion: The game does a great job of capturing the college atmosphere. Big schools have the stands packed with crazed fans who will do anything to help their team win. Smaller schools have empty stands and fans who are more apathetic to the on-court proceedings. Of course, there are cheerleaders and pep bands to spice things up, and a number of the big-name schools have mascots going bonkers on the baseline.
Pros: Great-looking player models, Using the lockdown stick to D-up players works well, player and crowd emotion add to the college atmosphere, Freestyle control makes dribbling a breeze.
Cons: Absurd ball physics, Too few game modes, Not enough camera angles, Shoddy player AI, Too many fouls.