A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Unlike its NBA counterpart, this game is much better at emphasizing teamwork. Coaches encourage players to move the ball around and work together to win games.
Positive Role Models
Individually players don't dominate this game. The best way to earn victory is by applying teamwork, such as passing the ball around, playing help defense, and working together.
Ease of Play
The basic controls are pretty easy to pick up. When the game loads up, players are placed on a practice court where they can learn and master their moves. A motion offense feature instructs computer-controlled teammates to move around without the ball. At the right moment, players are prompted to pass the ball to get an open shot. However, while taking outside shots is pretty simple, playing an inside game isn't very elegant.
Products & Purchases
The main sponsors are the two networks "broadcasting" the games: ESPN and CBS.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a straightforward simulation of college basketball, where players attempt to guide one team to the Final Four and a national championship. The game is available online with open chat, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12, because of the potential for exposure to bad language and privacy concerns.
Is It Any Good?
While NCAA Basketball 10 isn't a slam dunk, it's still a satisfying representation of the sport. The game nails down presentation and atmosphere. The two broadcast teams are lively, while the screen bounces up and down as crowds jump around to cheer on the home team. Players can also hear the school band play and watch mascots rile up the crowd. Motion offense is a great addtion, giving players more control over computer-controlled teammates. However, the game can be buggy at times. Players will often run out of bounds with the ball without a stop in play. While taking outside shots is pretty simple, playing an inside game isn't very elegant. Overall, the action looks solid but doesn't run as smoothly as other sports titles. Despite the shortcomings, this is still a worthwhile hoops game.
Online interaction: Players can battle human opponents online, and the game includes open voice chat, so the potential to hear bad language is there.
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