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  • Summary: NCAA Basketball 10 brings the emotion, intensity, and spirit of college basketball by capturing every detail in the stadium, from cheerleaders and mascots to wild crowds and real NCAA Basketball announcers. NCAA Basketball 10 builds on a new game engine introduced last year, refining andNCAA Basketball 10 brings the emotion, intensity, and spirit of college basketball by capturing every detail in the stadium, from cheerleaders and mascots to wild crowds and real NCAA Basketball announcers. NCAA Basketball 10 builds on a new game engine introduced last year, refining and improving core gameplay functions, and adding more depth to the popular 'styles of play' and 'set your tempo' features, making NCAA Basketball 10 a strategic and entirely unique basketball gameplay experience. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
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  1. Excellent controls, mechanics and ball physics designed for a sports game that is very easy to grasp.
  2. 80
    Perhaps the games greatest accomplishment comes from building a solid framework for future iterations to polish to perfection.
  3. While more modes would've been appreciated and we could've done without the sleepy A.I. teammates, NCAA Basketball 10 is a solid game of hoops. The broadcast styles are unparalleled, the gameplay is good fun and the modes that made the cut are more than enough to keep fans happy.
  4. With the help of CBS and ESPN they have made the NCAA Basketball game much better. With that said, EA still needs to tweak their control scheme a bit and make it work better with situations.
  5. NCAA Basketball 10 offers a brilliant TV Broadcast style presentation and provides the ultimate experience for college basketball fans. However, casual fans may want to look elsewhere.
  6. Unlike last year’s version, NCAA Basketball 10 can’t be considered as a huge overhaul over its predecessors. It may not be a huge step back but it hasn’t improved much either. It’s a disappointment but our hopes remain high for next year...it could have been so much worse.
  7. College basketball games historically sell fewer copies, which is all well and good, but charging full price for something that lacks the features we come to expect is a swift kick in the groin to users.

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  1. Mar 6, 2012
    8
    NCAA 10 may very well be the closing chapter in a very good series. Is has since been discontinued and now, in 2012, there is still noNCAA 10 may very well be the closing chapter in a very good series. Is has since been discontinued and now, in 2012, there is still no indication of it coming back. In my opinion, the biggest downfall of NCAA Basketball 10 and the entire series was the lack of advertising and distribution in lesser markets. EA Sports does not seem to understand the scope of March Madness' popularity and it was incredibly difficult to find this game in Canada of all places. I had to drive four cities away back in the day to purchase NCAA Madness 10 for a full sticker price of $59.99, and the only place to find the 09 or 08 games in their respective years was on Ebay.

    But unless you are a diehard hoops fan who is drawn to the Create a Player style gaming, this game will not disappoint. And even a hardcore fan may want to take the plunge now that the price has done the same. The game only has two major flaws and I will start with those because the pros heavily outweigh the cons. Firstly, this is the only modern sports game that does not have the Create a Player mode where you play a single player and rise the ranks. The second is a messy at best post game where players will often find themselves doing up-and-unders and fadeaways completely by accident. To sum it up, the controls are too clunky to risk getting fancy and you will often find yourself limited to backing down and throwing up a hook shot or pulling faceup because that is the only play that will do what you expect it to do when you press the corresponding buttons.

    On the other end of the spectrum you have excellent graphics and commentary for its time. EA Sports has added CBS broadcasts and commentary for teams who earn the right to play a televised game. In the past even when your team earned the honor of match of the week, the game looked and felt the exact same as any other. The NCAA Tournament environment has also been improved drastically, but those who prefer to simulate with Hoopcast and intervene halfway through will be disappointed. The Tournament is the only fixture where you cannot do that. It only offers play now and straight sim.

    AI difficulty is great with some sliding tuners. I personally play on All-Conference with beefed up player sliders so my shots go in more frequently but the defense is much tougher. There is no cheeseball shots. Even at 100%, if you're not open, it will not go in.

    And finally, Dynasty Mode has seen drastic improvements. You cannot simply take a D+ team, go undefeated and get the #1 rank anymore. Things like strength of schedule and TV exposure influences your rank. I went 31-0 with Wichita State, with three wins over top 25 teams, and only managed to be ranked as high as #12. It is more realistic. Overall a very solid game. And if this is infact the last game of the series, EA Sports has done a good job of leaving people with a fond memory and something that they can play for a long time.
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