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  • Summary: Lead one of 320 NCAA Division 1 Schools to the Big Dance with the most strategic basketball game ever developed. Use scouting reports and locker room videos from many of the nation?s top college coaches to create the ultimate game plan that takes you to the top. College Classics ? Recreate many of college basketball's most memorable games with the greatest teams of all-time. Build a Dynasty ? With all new revamped EA Sports Dynasty Mode, build a powerhouse and run your program for up to 30 years. EA Sports Ask The Coach ? Several top Division I college basketball coaches join NCAA March Madness 2005 to provide scouting reports, strategies, and other unique advice. School Spirit ? New authentic fight songs, student-section crowd chants, mascots, and cheerleaders, deliver the sights and sounds that give college basketball its unique flavor. Ball against the Nation ? EA Sports Online allows users to play online against opponents from anywhere in the country. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
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  1. 90
    Maybe the option that tips the scales for you is Madness's all-mascot teams. [Jan 2005, p.106]
  2. 86
    It definitely feels more like a standalone college game now with more of the atmosphere, gameplay and extras that make NCAA hoops so endearing. The sticky dynasty mode is well on its way to becoming one of my favorite features too.
  3. Has solid features but graphically falls a little short of the championship.
  4. 80
    The Dynasty Mode is one of the best you'll see in an EA game, mostly because of the addition of the discipline system, which forces you to walk a fine line between getting the best players and running a clean program.
  5. The recruiting systems are addicting and there is enough glitz and glamour to establish a college environment. The gameplay, in both of EA's college games, needs some more work, especially with A.I.
  6. Even in the wake of ESPN’s fierce competition and 20-dollar price tag, like Madden, March Madness is just a hint better than Sega’s College Hoops title.
  7. There may not be many games that can deliver the college experience like NCAA March Madness but there are plenty of better basketball games out there that deliver a better game.

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