Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
Buy On
  1. The dedication to simulating college hoops will entice veterans and push away newcomers.
  2. NCAA Basketball 09 may not offer the wealth of options or polished gameplay of its former competition, but it’s still a decent baller worthy of a look from hardcore college hoops fans.
  3. 72
    Overall, while the game is a significant improvement over last years version, it's disappointing that many of the problems with the game weren't ironed out.
  4. 71
    There’s plenty missing from NCAA Basketball 09 and the dynasty mode is need of a revamp, but the core basketball is progressing nicely and effectively borrows some of what worked in "NBA Live 09."
  5. A nice attempt to reboot the franchise, NCAA Basketball 09 adds some new features and revamps the on-court play, but ultimately feels like a flawed and barebones college basketball experience.
  6. Thanks to a new game engine coupled with improvements to atmosphere and online play, NCAA Basketball 09 is a good game.
  7. NCAA Basketball 09 has the underlying element of what could be a huge step in the right direction, but the lack of depth ends up being the games great fault.
  8. The glorious presentation includes realistic animations, arenas that resemble their real-life counterparts and impressive audio commentary from Dick Vitale ("It's awesome, bay-bee!"), Brad Nessler and Erin Andrews.
  9. As it stands, outside of its presentation, there isn’t much to write home about. For the newly enrolled, it’s a solid entry in a familiar and seldom changing formula, for veterans, you may as well skip this class.
  10. It’s not too different from last year’s installment, a bit of a step down in my opinion, but still good.
  11. Throw in some iffy control elements, a lack of in-depth online play and real players, and game-play modes that lack variety, and this game fails to excite. And now, with a cheaper downloadable version available that should satisfy fans of the big-name teams who make the Big Dance each year, this game's value is a bit lower yet.
  12. A polished game overall that falls victim to crimes of the past.
  13. It is true that NCAA Basketball 09 isn't a perfect basketball sim, but what it brings to the table is pure enjoyment for any fan that enjoys watching these kids bust their butts every week and not get paid for it.
  14. Official Xbox Magazine
    65
    NCAA Basketball 09 is a serviceable showcase for basic hoops traits, but without a flagship feature to lead it, it fels more like a pro-flavored tilt without a few of the raw ingredients that make the collegiate sport special. [Jan 2009, p.76]
  15. As the only game in town this year, NCAA Basketball 09 pulls its own weight but shouldn’t demand your full attention. Only hardcore hoops fanatics need drop down their hard earned cash; the rest of us can shuffle along just fine without it.
  16. 60
    But if you are expecting vast improvements and additions after EA monopolized the marked, you might have to wait until next season.
  17. 58
    While there's gobs of visual polish, including a vast array of impressive generic player heads, 09's gameplay double dribbles in too many key spots, making this little more than a palatable No. 6 seed -- it's worth supporting if you're a rabid fan of the sport, but it's far from Final Four material.
  18. While I can’t recommend the game at $60 simply because it’s superior than previous EA attempts, I can say that it might lead to a better series down the road. You have to start somewhere, right?
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. JobA
    Jan 4, 2010
    9
    Wow,I'm all about 2k.I have played all the 2k games,All OF THEM!From the Dreamcast to now and I have never felt the college atmosphere Wow,I'm all about 2k.I have played all the 2k games,All OF THEM!From the Dreamcast to now and I have never felt the college atmosphere like this game and EA's football.I love college hoops 2k6,2k7,2k8 but this has changed the way I look at college basketball and the way i play it.Even if 2k still made there college basketball game I would still prefer this game in a heartbeat unless there was some major improvements.This game screams greatness all over it.I haven't played there march madness edition or ncaa basketball 10 but I'm loving this right now.Great job EA!!!9.2 Full Review »
  2. CordiaL
    Dec 23, 2008
    1
    Worst basketball game I ever played. If you were a fan the NCAA 2K series, just accept you will not be playing an NCAA b-ball game anytime Worst basketball game I ever played. If you were a fan the NCAA 2K series, just accept you will not be playing an NCAA b-ball game anytime soon. EA mailed it in. Full Review »
  3. MattH
    Nov 4, 2008
    10
    I think this game looks amazing. The graphics are so frickin amazing! Best AI I have ever seen in my life. I love that Blue Ribbon is teamed I think this game looks amazing. The graphics are so frickin amazing! Best AI I have ever seen in my life. I love that Blue Ribbon is teamed up with EA. Plus, Erin Andrews is one fine piece of meat! Full Review »