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  • Summary: Experience all the excitement of college basketball in this year's installment in the ESPN College Hoops series. ESPN College Hoops 2K5 gives you even more management options in a revamped legacy mode, including scouting, balancing out the budget, and finding better coaching opportunitiesExperience all the excitement of college basketball in this year's installment in the ESPN College Hoops series. ESPN College Hoops 2K5 gives you even more management options in a revamped legacy mode, including scouting, balancing out the budget, and finding better coaching opportunities around the league. On the court, a new "pass-n-go" system lets you perform lead passes to your teammates and execute advanced give-and-go and alley-oop plays. If you'd rather coach than play, you can play in coach mode, in which you're responsible for calling the plays, directing your players, and making key decisions in overtime. Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Well…I'm two weeks into playing this game non-stop and the other shoe hasn't dropped. I can't find a major problem with this game, and I've just been enjoying it.
  2. A true workhorse, it does everything strongly and efficient, and doesn't have any real weaknesses that can't be overlooked over a short bit of experience with the title.
  3. The online play and custom soundtrack options are in place, the gameplay is spot-on, the graphics are some of the best you will find in any genre, and the ESPN presentation is the cherry on top.
  4. With a superior dynasty mode, better graphics, good enough to be fun controls, and a sick $20 price tag, I can not think of an excuse not to have this game.
  5. This year we're picking Sega's game over EA Sports' - it just feels more like the real thing. [Holiday 2004, p.82]
  6. 82
    The solid gameplay foundation and attention to realism really makes this game a true hidden gem in the 2004 crop of sports games.
  7. The sweat-while-you-play intensity just isn't there. [Jan 2005, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. CoryK.
    May 7, 2005
    10
    This game is the best basketball game of 2005. I probably would give it a 9 but it's only $20 and that's a lot of bang for your buck.
  2. JoeK.
    Jan 6, 2005
    10
    More bang for your buck. Similar to EA in most areas but crowd noise, college atmosphere and price make this a must.
  3. DouganF.
    Feb 1, 2005
    10
    This the best college basketball game I've ever played. I don't care about recruiting and setting up practice schedules as I'm This the best college basketball game I've ever played. I don't care about recruiting and setting up practice schedules as I'm way more into pure gameplay and classic teams and this game has it all. Good job VC & Sega. I pray you make many many more! Expand
  4. LukeS.
    Nov 22, 2004
    9
    Great game, passing is improved.
  5. JS.
    Dec 28, 2006
    9
    Great game everything is pretty realistic with what real coaching is like... and I am one so I know... by the way to that guy that wants Great game everything is pretty realistic with what real coaching is like... and I am one so I know... by the way to that guy that wants unlimited recruiting points, there are rules in NCAA that limit how many you have in real life, you can only make so many calls have so many visits etc... they're annoyingly complicated but the game does a good job of depicting them. Expand
  6. TheGoon
    Dec 1, 2004
    9
    Awesome gameplay experience. The legacy mode is deep and thorough. The only MAJOR beef I have is in the legacy mode though. I love the fact Awesome gameplay experience. The legacy mode is deep and thorough. The only MAJOR beef I have is in the legacy mode though. I love the fact that the recruiting is handles in-season. However, why are you given a set amount of "points" allocated to recruiting? These points can easily be burned up in a month! They should have given the user unlimited recruiting points. Of course, the more recruiting you do in the week, the less time you can spend on training and game preparation. So, why not an unlimited recruiting budget for the season? It will hurt you in other areas if you do too much recruiting...let gamers have that option. Expand
  7. JordanM.
    Apr 27, 2007
    4
    Good game but it freezes ALOT during legacy mode. Would be great if you didn't have to reset your game every other time you play it!

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