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Game Tap (Nov 20, 2007)
College Hoops 2K8 is the thinking man's basketball game. While the NBA titles try to dazzle you with dunks and showboat style, what you get in College Hoops are well-timed cuts to the basket, team defense, and an intelligent AI that actually works the rock around to find the open shot.
Worth Playing (Dec 05, 2007)
Hoops 2K8 is a technically competent basketball simulation outfitted with years' worth of features and created by a development team with an obvious passion for NCAA ball. If you're looking for an NBA simulation, that's absolutely what you should play, but if you are indeed a college fan, or outright fanatic, and you're after the whole NCAA experience — from my faithful Terriers to the regularly raging champions of Duke and Michigan State — Hoops is surely this year's top pick in basketball video games.
Daily Game (Jan 01, 2008)
I went to college at the University of Oregon, not exactly a basketball powerhouse or household name for college hoops, but a school that's quietly made its way to the Elite Eight and sent several players to the NBA (Luke Ridnour and Freddie Jones among them). Some might call The University of Oregon a small school, and by many accounts those claims would be correct. But the atmosphere and passion of small-school hoops simply can't be topped, particularly at The Pit (MacArthur Court), one of the hardest arenas nationwide for visiting teams to play.
Cheat Code Central (Nov 29, 2007)
College Hoops 2K8 is a great college basketball game, both for dedicated fans of the game and for casual b-ball lovers. The new additions to the game, even the flawed ones, are a step in the right direction, bringing the game closer and closer to the definitive college basketball experience. Fans of the NCAA could definitely do worse than to give College Hoops 2K8 that old college try.
Game Over Online (Jan 21, 2008)
Overall, College Hoops 2K8 is your best college basketball option for this year. The game looks good, the gameplay is as sharp as ever, and the feel of college basketball is there. If you're a college basketball fan, then this one is easy to recommend.
GameZone (Jan 09, 2008)
College Hoops 2K8 is a grand-scale sports game with immense replay value. I couldn’t choose it over NBA 2K8, but love having it alongside that game, and would definitely take it over any other basketball game available. Don’t think that this is only for fans of college basketball – College Hoops 2K8 was developed for anyone who likes great sports games.
In the end, this title really delivers the college environment and I would recommend dealing with the shortcomings of the game to anybody that really wants that college hoops experience. There's enough to like about this game that makes up for the issues that come along with it.
USA Today (Dec 11, 2007)
The changes to the College Hoops franchise are subtle, yet that's a great thing. The title's incredible depth and proven control formula set up College Hoops 2K8 for another stellar season.
Maxim Magazine (Nov 27, 2007)
Madden curse? So 1998. Try the 2K curse. Cover boy Greg Oden is out for the entire season with a gimped knee this year. (At least he'll have plenty of time to play the b-ball sim he's starring in.) Like last year, 2K8 tries hard to re-create the thrills/chills of a college basketball game, factoring in the fabled "sixth man." The crowds really get into it this year, chanting insults like, "You need practice! You need practice!" when your opponent misses a few shots. Bravo, 2K! Though the banter between Lundquist and Rafferty repeats more than we do after eating baked beans, and some age-old series woes like players who still whiff on layups still vex the game, 2K8 still makes us want to go back to school.
Game Freaks 365 (Dec 15, 2007)
As I said, I am quite satisfied with the improvements that Visual Concepts made to their college game. Although there are still a few issues that could be smoothed out for next year, College Hoops 2K8 would make a great option for NCAA fans feeling the madness before March. Next year I'd like to see fewer gameplay mishaps and a much better presentation.
IGN (Nov 20, 2007)
Packed with atmosphere and lots of engaging features, such as the revamped Legacy mode and tutorials, College Hoops 2K8 is one of those games that really delivers on the college experience. The addition of the play designer, as well as the coach adjustment feature, expands of the sense of creating and leading your favorite program to glory. However, a large amount of gameplay issues, primarily older issues that haven't been fixed for years, casts a bit of a shadow on what is otherwise an impressive title. Plus, the frame issues, model seams and other visual hiccups complicates the PS3 version much more so than the 360.
80 (Nov 29, 2007)
You will find no better college basketball experience than College Hoops 2k8. The gameplay is grounded in a solid foundation that keeps the pace of a real basketball game. Each match is exciting and different with the AI being competent of posing a challenge and online modes that give this entry legs to run. This is one basketball title that there is little difficulty recommending.
GameSpy (Nov 30, 2007)
While not perfect, College Hoops 2K8 has really raised the bar on virtual college basketball for the season. The new 6th Man Meter and Maximum Passing features both add depth and strategy and the addition of high-school blue-chippers to the Legacy mode adds, well, a whole lot more basketball to the disc. EA Sports' NBA Live series really made up some ground on 2K Sports this year on the pro side of things. We'll have to wait a few more weeks to see if it can make a similar run at 2K's impressive college release.
GameDaily (Dec 03, 2007)
College Hoops 2K8 has a little ways to go before it can catch up to its big brother, NBA 2K8. The lay-up issue is in desperate need of a fix and the graphics require more effort. However, when it comes to getting into the spirit of college b-ball, designing masterful plays and coaching tomorrow's hopefuls, 2K Sports still knows how to score.
GameSpot (Jan 08, 2008)
While there isn't a whole lot of fresh content in College Hoops 2K8, what is new almost universally makes this version of the game better than last year's. It plays better, there's more to do, and even the presentation, which was already great, has been improved. If you're not a diehard hoops fan and you're still happy with last year's game you could probably take a pass on 2K8, but if you love college basketball and you want the latest and greatest, College Hoops 2K8 won't let you down.
PSX Extreme (May 12, 2008)
This is one game that, once it drops in price, would definitely be worth the price of admission if you're looking for a decent basketball simulator. As it stands, it's a solid choice for the die-hard fans.
This may be the only game that college fans need to care about, but College Hoops 2K needs to step up its game next year to avoid leaving the court with a towel over its head instead of a basketball net.
1UP (Nov 20, 2007)
We say go ahead and cut down the nets and cue up "One Shining Moment"; this is the season's best college basketball game.
The Video Game Critic (Jan 20, 2008)
Although generally polished, College Hoops did lock up on me on one occasion, and the user interface (menu navigation) is absolutely horrible. You wouldn't believe how difficult it was for my friend Steve and I to set up a two-player cooperative tournament. For those who opt for the 360 edition of College Hoops 2K8, you should know that the animation is slightly smoother but the audio has issues. Specifically, it's hard to hear the commentators, and you can't turn down that annoying PA guy. But no matter what system you own, College Hoops 2K8 is probably the best choice for b-ball fans this season.