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  • Summary: Lead one of more than 320 Division I schools to the Big Dance with NCAA March Madness 2005. Now you can use scouting reports and locker room videos from the nation's top college coaches to create a game plan that takes you to the top. Along with a revamped Dynasty mode, online play, and Mascot and Rivalry modes, NCAA March Madness 2005 lets your replay classic matchups between great college basketball teams. The game also adds new mascots, cheerleaders, arenas, crowd chants, and fight songs. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  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. This year’s March Madness keeps the series rolling by featuring the new NBA Live 2005 engine with its great new control scheme.
  4. 80
    We're especially fond of the Homecourt Advantage meter, which fills up during games; the closer the score, the louder the fans get and the harder your controller shakes, making it tougher for the visiting team to hit jumpers and free throws.
  5. It is still overshadowed by “NBA Live” and ‘NCAA Football”, and still feels a bit like an amalgam of the two, but it’s starting to come into it’s own.
  6. Although EA's game lacks the spark and depth that Sega's "College Hoops 2K5" provides, it's still a great game that deserves props for some pretty cool and innovative gameplay additions. [Jan 2005, p.81]
  7. Small tweaks like the Floor General and Freestyle Air make it a smoother all-around product than March Madness 2004, but the margin is so slight that owners of last year’s game shouldn’t feel compelled to buy this one, too. The bubble is starting to break.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. JeremyG.
    Feb 24, 2005
    10
    It's one intense bad azz b--ball game i have seen since nba jams on super nintendo.
  2. JoeK.
    Jan 6, 2005
    3
    For the price the ESPN/Sega game is so much better. Both games are very close in every facet but the crowd noise is better in ESPN.