College Hoops 2K7

Common Sense Media says

NCAA b-baller's focus is more off-court than on.





What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness
Not applicable

No built-in vulgarities, but players can get creative with the customizable chant creator.


It feels a bit strange that this game, which depicts an amateur tournament, would be covered with sponsorships, but they're there.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game depicts the sprawling, complex world of college basketball. In addition to the game on the court, players manage rosters, player development and chemistry, recruiting, and budgets -- all while watching for job openings with better teams. Players can spend twice as much time micro-managing the business of their program as they do playing (maybe not what your 7-year-old had in mind). Since college basketball is an amateur game, the players' real names aren't used.

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's it about?

2K Sports delivers another season of mascots, chants, and champions with COLLEGE HOOPS 2K7, a spirited but demanding take on the complex world of college basketball. Gameplay is almost completely copied from earlier 2K basketball franchises.

Players use \"iso-motion\" controls -- a combination of well-timed button pressing and stick moves -- to spin, juke, cross over, and hop-step past defenders to the hoop. They direct where the ball will be passed, and, by using the \"shot stick\" right analog control, can change a shot in midair. The only real gameplay difference here reflects the college game -- there are more missed shots, a faster pace up and down the floor, and wilder athletic moves around the hoop.

Is it any good?


Atmosphere is what distinguishes a college basketball video game from an NBA simulation, and College Hoops 2K7 has plenty. If you've ever attended a college game, you'll recognize the excitement and energy that 2K has captured. The graphics are nothing to write home about, but the soft-focus quality of the instant replays looks really, really good.

That said, gamers who just want quick trips up and down the hardwood might want to think twice before buying College Hoops 2K7. Gameplay is solid, and a quick game between division rivals is always fun. But the stand-out part of this game is the Legacy mode, in which players build a small program over multiple seasons, investing money in recruitment, developing underclassmen's skills, fostering team unity, and chasing after a Final Four Championship. The level of detail is mind-boggling.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about differences between college and professional basketball. Why has college basketball grown into a multimillion-dollar enterprise? Is the spirit of amateur sports compromised when it's surrounded by so much hype and money? Do universities that emphasize sports diminish the quality or reputation of the education they provide, or do they simply provide a venue for loyal alumni to show support?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Available online?Not available online
Developer:2K Sports
Release date:November 20, 2006
ESRB rating:E for (PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360)

This review of College Hoops 2K7 was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Adult Written bybballfan April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Digital Compass