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  • Summary: Features Over 320 Schools: Dick Vitale and Brad Nessler preside over the passion and tradition of NCAA basketball competition with authentic fight songs, arenas, cheerleaders, and mascots. All-new game modes including Frat Party and Rivalry let you not only punish your most bitter rivals?Features Over 320 Schools: Dick Vitale and Brad Nessler preside over the passion and tradition of NCAA basketball competition with authentic fight songs, arenas, cheerleaders, and mascots. All-new game modes including Frat Party and Rivalry let you not only punish your most bitter rivals? but also take it to their mascots as well. Recruit elite high school players over 30 seasons in Dynasty Mode and take your team from the pre-season EA SPORTS Maui Invitational all the way to the Big Dance. Take on players from around the nation by competing in all-new online head-to-head or tournament games, while taunting your opponent with EA SPORTS Talk. Watch locker room videos detailing pre-game scouting reports and strategies from top coaches including Billy Donovan, Rick Majerus, and Gary Williams. Call offensive plays taken directly from each school's playbook, then shut down the opposition and cause turnovers with a full-court press or 2-3 zone. [EA Sports] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    The gameplay in March Madness is nearly identical to that of its big brother "NBA Live 2004," which is a big plus. The frantic pace, the tighter defense, and the importance of set plays is actually a much better fit for the college game than it is for Live.
  2. It has very advanced controls that you must try to understand and learn by heart.
  3. 85
    While I applaud March Madness' marked improvements, it still doesn't equal "ESPN College Hoops" in terms of depth, so the game comes in a close second this year on the PS2.
  4. In terms of atmosphere, no other college basketball game captures the sights and sounds of a university arena quite like this.
  5. While March Madness 2004 does a good job at capturing the feel of college basketball, a general lack of polish keeps it just a little short of greatness.
  6. If you're gonna buy one college game this year, buy March Madness.
  7. 60
    The huge leap in quality and playability from last year's version qualifies it for one of the most improved sports games available.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Sans
    Nov 19, 2003
    10
    Game play off the hook with a realistic crowd atmosphere.
  2. TylerS.
    Mar 16, 2005
    10
    Its the best college basketball game ever!!!!
  3. JorgeM.
    Dec 5, 2003
    10
    Best College Basketball game ot there.
  4. MikeyS.
    Dec 10, 2003
    10
    It's awesome baby.
  5. JakeL.
    Dec 16, 2003
    10
    This is the best game ever and i can take anyone in it im so good! i love this game!
  6. BrentC.
    Nov 28, 2003
    9
    It's so true to the college atmosphere... talk about frustration when y ou miss a clutch shot! AHHH! It's awesome baby!
  7. J.J.
    Dec 9, 2003
    9
    First time they got the college game right.

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