A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Emphasis is on teamwork, planning, and playing well. But also includes examples of unsportsmanlike behavior: excessive celebration upon scoring, taunting of other teams, and delivering rough fouls.
Violence & Scariness
Rough fowls, but no more than you would see on TV.
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Products & Purchases
Technically the universities are being advertised here and, like the real thing, there's a lot of product placement and branding.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this basketball game features scores of college teams from around the country in realistic action. Players will be exposed to some in-game ads, and examples of unsportsmanlike behavior in excessive celebration upon scoring, taunting of other teams, and delivering rough fouls. However, the game really focuses on the on-court play. While the difficulty levels are adjustable, some of the controls, menus, and modes are probably too complex for young players.
Is It Any Good?
The gameplay works well, but there are oddities on occasion. Some fans claim the computer starts cheating a bit if you get ahead on points, and fouls aren't nearly as frequent as the real thing. The announcing is only fair, because the commentators get an awful lot wrong and sometimes their commentary is a little late.
The controls work well, and it's easy to run plays, drive it to the hoop, perform an assist on offense, and steal the ball, jam, or block on defense. All the colleges, the colors, and even the mascots and fight songs are here. All told, more than 200 teams are represented. The game links to ESPN, so during the season, if your console is on the Internet, you'll get real-world scores via a ticker at the bottom of the screen. We can imagine players playing each match-up in the tournament -- while they have the actual game on a TV nearby. The overall feel of the game is true, the gameplay is deep, and the teams do play to their real-world strengths and weaknesses -- in short, this game does a good job of imitating college basketball.
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