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  • Summary: The only college basketball game on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system in 2001, and the only basketball game to bring you real, live, 3D rendered cheerleaders! Take that to the bank, with your pressure D and jive-talking inside moves -- this game is calling those who say they'reThe only college basketball game on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system in 2001, and the only basketball game to bring you real, live, 3D rendered cheerleaders! Take that to the bank, with your pressure D and jive-talking inside moves -- this game is calling those who say they're "keeping it real," phony chumps. Some of the new features in the game include reworked player models, 3D backgrounds and animated crowds, a plethora of options, updated controls, enhanced artificial intelligence and all-new play-by-play commentary by announcer Quinn Buckner. In addition, the game engine is closely related to 989's other b-ball title, NBA Shootout. And of course, college hoops fans can play through an entire stat-filled season or head straight to the big tournament in hopes of winning the championship. Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. The PS2's first college hoop game doesen't blow the roof off the arena.
  2. With friends and the AI removed from the equation, it shines bright as an arcadey college hoops game for the fans; as a single-player recreation of the road to Final Four tournament, it lacks refinement and long-term replayability.
  3. 50
    The X button rebounds the ball and also is the shoot button on offense. In the heat of a game, you often throw up shots by accident.
  4. 50
    The game suffers from way too many AI and gameplay problems to be something that we could recommend, though, and the lack of key features that have become a staple in sports games, like a Dynasty mode, really hurts its overall value and appeal.
  5. Looks solid visually, but the game has lost some of its gameplay speed in the transition to Sony's 128-bit console.
  6. Despite its humongous selection of teams and clean-looking graphics, this version of Sony's college-hoops franchise is just as horrible as last year's "NCAA Final Four" on the PSX, thanks to lackluster, unbalanced gameplay and an incomplete control scheme.
  7. If Sony doesn't care that crap like this is released for the PS2, they are going to start losing all respect and worse, consumers. You can already start to see a glimpse of the future and all I see right now is a big, green X.

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