Replay Value: 8.7
Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Sports
Number Of Players: 1-8
It's about time that a "college hoop"' title got some recognition. EA has always been the prime creator of sports games, and their dynasty keeps on going with their newest NCAA title. March Madness 2000 doesn't look like NBA Live 2000, but the game is the deepest NCAA b-ball title out there. When March Madness 2K is compared to 989's Final Four 2000, 989's NCAA game not only looks like child's play, but plays like it as well. So how does this game stack up to the NBA and NCAA titles?
If I compare the visuals of March Madness 2000 to another EA b-ball sim like NBA Live 2000, I would have to admit that March Madness' graphics aren't as pleasing as Live 2000's, but they aren't too bad. For starters, the player detail isn't what I expected it to be. The faces look very similar to one another, but on the other hand, the bodies are nicely structured. Though the animations look somewhat plain, and the detail in movement is a little bit rough. Now to the bright side, the crowds look very good and are full of detail, the replays can be very dramatic if you tweak with the cameras long enough. Too bad that EA didn't use the Live 2000 graphics engine, but if they did they must have completely downsized its quality. Okay so Live 2000's visuals are far superior over March Madness', but EA's NCAA title makes 989's 16-Bit washed down graphics look like a lava explosion gone very, very bad.
Okay, so the graphics may not be so flashy, but the gameplay is where the game really makes itself shine. Just like any other hoops title out there, you have your basic moves, like a pump fake, crossover, blind pass, etc. If you watch NCAA games then you'll be familiar with the teams and their players, but if you are ignorant just like me and prefer watching NBA matches then you should at least give MM 2000 a rental. The game not only features Men's teams, but women's teams as well. Now to be completely honest I haven't played MM games before so this is new to me. Every team is available to be played as, from both women's and men's leagues. If you want modes, March Madness delivers modes including the usual Exhibition and Tournament, but what's new to me is the women's Sweet 16 Mode. This is where you pick a women's team and start a tournament with one. Not much more to say, except for the fact that like any new Basketball game the rosters are updated.
By now you all should know that I expect the best commentary from EA Sports' games. Few EA Sports games have disappointed me with their commentary, but this one isn't one of them. MM 2K has up to the second commentary that keeps up with the action all of the time. The speech may be repeated sometimes, and the commentary may get weak but that doesn't happen continuously. The clarity of speech is very easy to understand, and the stadium announcer is as well. The music during the main menu really feels like a school band is playing it, off tune but still not bad (hey it adds realism doesn't it).
I can't speak much about the control, you basically have your shoot button, pass button, crossover button, the jump button and more. If you are a fan of b-ball games then you should pick up NCAA March Madness 2000. The create a player is also featured in here so that adds more to the replay value. In addition, the multi-player mode via two multi-taps can really make a sports party go haywire. You owe it to yourself to pick the best NCAA college hoops title available.