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  • Summary: ESPN Presentation - Step into every college game with a mind-blowing presentation ­ listen to Jay Bilas and Mike Patrick behind the booth as well as see detailed overlays that deliver nothing less than perfection! Enhanced Legacy Mode - Create your own dynasty from the ground up, customizingESPN Presentation - Step into every college game with a mind-blowing presentation ­ listen to Jay Bilas and Mike Patrick behind the booth as well as see detailed overlays that deliver nothing less than perfection! Enhanced Legacy Mode - Create your own dynasty from the ground up, customizing everything from the arena to team schedules. Use assistant coaches to recruit year-round or suffer losing that prized JuCo prospect! Authentic College Atmosphere - The only realistically replicated college environment with more than 100 mascots and fight songs, team specific chants and dozens of cutscenes that capture net cutting in the tournament, crazed fans and blaring bands sending every college moment into a frenzy! [Sega] Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
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  1. The best overall college basketball game on the market. [Jan 2004, p.80]
  2. The best basketball game on the market today. The depth of the Legacy mode will keep you busy for months, and it provides the gameplay to match.
  3. The intuitive IsoMotion controls, top-notch visuals and dead-on college basketball atmosphere are just better at capturing the spirit of March Madness than the EA Sports game that utilizes that name.
  4. From the commentary to the cutscenes to the chants, this game breathes the college football experience. [Dec 2003, p.150]
  5. Though not quite as polished or playable as "March Madness 2004," ESPN College Hoops is still an enjoyable basketball game, especially for hardcore basketball fans. [Holiday 2003, p.30]
  6. With solid gameplay feel, exceptional customizability, and a deep legacy mode, ESPN College Hoops is easily recommendable to any college basketball fan.
  7. Although the title looks amazing, the gameplay feels a little stiff. In attempting to create the most realistic college experience, Sega took some of the fun out of the game. [Jan 2004, p.116]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. S.M.
    Jan 22, 2004
    10
    Great game. Legacy mode is well worth it. The in season recruiting really adds a lot to the challenge of building a star team.
  2. JamesT.
    Nov 25, 2003
    10
    This game is a really fun game to play. The jam session is awesome and i love the challenge of building your own dynasty.
  3. BobR.
    Nov 19, 2003
    9
    Awsome Game!!!!!!!!!!
  4. P.Cobia
    Dec 1, 2003
    9
    This is a great game and stands out over any college basketball. The new in-depth legacy mode and slam session really bring the game to life! This is a great game and stands out over any college basketball. The new in-depth legacy mode and slam session really bring the game to life! This is by far the best college basketball game this season. Expand
  5. AndyB.
    Nov 17, 2003
    8
    Good graphics, game play could use some work.
  6. RobertW.
    Mar 22, 2004
    5
    This game is not very good and i think i paid too much for it. The players arent the same, ive never heard of them, the coaches are alsoThis game is not very good and i think i paid too much for it. The players arent the same, ive never heard of them, the coaches are also different what in the world. march madness which i havent played has the real names and coaches, i think ill sell mine and get that..... Expand