A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Showcases excessive celebration after scoring and taunting of other teams, which would warrant unsportsmanlike fouls in a real game.
Violence & Scariness
Players can deliver some hard fouls in the form of pushes, but it seems generally less aggressive than the real game.
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Products & Purchases
A few in-game ads for companies like Champs and State Farm Insurance. ESPN also has a strong presence. And, the whole game is a promotion for the college basketball business.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are some in-game ads and unsportsmanlike behavior such as excessive celebration upon scoring, taunting of other teams, and delivering rough fouls. The difficulty levels are adjustable, but some of the controls, menus, and modes are probably too complex for young players. Parents should also note that kids can play online (Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone under age 12) and be exposed to plenty of trash-talking.
Is It Any Good?
Casual fans of the college game will find a lot to like, but players with a lot of sports game experience may notice some skimpiness in the modes of play. The presentation is, for the most part, amazing. Not only do the players and arenas look good, but the game boasts many details such as celebration animations after big scores and the reflection of the cheerleaders in the polished wood floors. There is some in-game advertising and overbearing announcers, but more often than not, the game is beautiful.
Unfortunately, the same level of TLC wasn't carried through to the gameplay. While the controls are relatively easy to pick up, some of the on-court action feels sloppy, including less than intelligent play by the computer-controlled teammates and overactive foul detection that makes steals and blocks very difficult to pull off. Team practice might help, but there is no practice mode. The game's online support includes play against human opponents and a link to ESPN's scores and talk.
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