With another producer giving up its licensed rights for NCAA Basketball, EA is now the last player standing in the NCAA Basketball game industry. And for the latest installment in the series, EA has chosen to use same basketball engine it has applied for its NBA games. But that’s not the only surprise NCAA Basketball 09 has to offer. It has other aces up its sleeve, and a couple of them are listed below.
Thanks to the passionate but well-meaning criticisms of game players of NBA Live 09, NCAA Basketball 2009, previously named NCAA Mega March Madness, will come to your TV screens with an improved level of responsiveness in terms of help defense against pick-and-rolls, rebounding, and ball handling.
On-Campus Outdoor Practice Court
Practicing outdoors on campus has always been a trademark of collegiate basketball and this time, EA producers made sure it was part of the game. Even better, this feature comes with basketball legends real-time weather conditions. If it’s raining too hard, that could mean a missed practice for your team!
Player Recruiting and Development System
Accuracy was one of the major goals of the makers of NCAA Basketball 09. They spoke with every school involved with the NCAA and gathered as much information as they could to make game representations of each and every NCAA team as realistic and accurate as possible.
This jives well with the new player recruiting and development system used in the game, one that requires game players to ensure their recruits fit well with the coach’s playing style.
NCAA Basketball 09 also honors the greatest players of the past with its Legends Tournament. Choose among the top sixty-four NCAA Tournament teams and see how you fare against the best of NCAA Basketball.
Your Rules, Your Style
With NCAA Basketball 09, you’re certainly the boss! The game lets you select from a number of pre-game strategies to execute. Playing styles used in the game are also quite authentic, including structured half-court sets, up-tempo transition games, and trapping defenses. The game tempo meter allows you to tweak settings in an instant.
A Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Contribution
Last but not the least, your Division I team can make use of the scouting reports provided by the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Team ratings are also provided.
These are just some of the few things you can look forward to with NCAA Basketball 09. The only way to know more is to play the game when it’s finally released on November 17, 2008.