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Maxim Magazine (Dec 12, 2007)
Does EA's new basketball sim have that new-baller sim smell? Sure does. The arenas received some nice visual tweaks this year—they're now so life-like you can almost smell the $7 hot dogs and under-the-bleachers vomit. Like this year's Madden, player animations have been smoothed out, meaning your baller's movements look more life-like than ever.
Game Vortex (Jan 06, 2008)
Considering the popularity of college basketball, well at least during the month of March, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to expect EA to give its college basketball franchise the same attention as its football franchise. Though an okay game, at least when compared to a few other basketball games on the market, NCAA March Madness 08 isn't what it could, and probably should, be.
Sometimes you fill your bracket out and you think you're going to be the ruler of the office pool...and then your lead-pipe locks go down in flames. On paper, March Madness appears to be a game that has its bases covered. It's not until the bullets start flying that you realize how this title comes up just short.
Basketball fans who want more arcade-like action than the sim-heavy College Hoops 2K8 may find some fun in March Madness, but serious hoops fans should stick with 2K.
PSX Extreme (Dec 27, 2007)
All in all, NCAA March Madness 08 is not a bad game, it's just yet another bad PS3 port. If you have an Xbox 360 and do enjoy EA's NCAA offerings, I do recommend checking this one out - it's got a tremendous amount of depth. Unfortunately, the PlayStation 3 version suffers from clunkier controls, thanks to problematic animation issues and framerate hiccups, as well as below average visuals. If the PlayStation 3 is your only console then I suggest picking up 2K Sports' solid College Hoops 2K8.
70 (Dec 24, 2007)
This is a classic example of graphics look better but the gameplay isn't as compelling as the competition. March Madness 08 is much better than its NBA cousin and the ESPN and online integration is more than enough reason to keep playing. In a shoot out between College Hoops and March Madness, College Hoops edges out March Madness with more refined gameplay and between the versions, the Xbox 360 version is superior to the PS3 version.
Game Chronicles (Jan 30, 2008)
In the long run, NCAA March Madness 08 could stand a bit of tweaking before its next release. It’s definitely not the best game on the NCAA court, but it is worthy of a second look.
IGN (Dec 11, 2007)
NCAA March Madness 08 is a solid basketball title and is definitely a step above what we saw from Live 08. The improved fluidity is something that only 360 owners will get to enjoy, much to the dismay of Sony Nation. The March Madness franchise is definitely making strides (albeit short strides) in the right direction. There aren’t enough gameplay additions that push the package forward to warrant dropping the cash if you already have last year’s game, but if you’re a diehard fan or haven’t laid your hands on March Madness in a few seasons (and don’t own a 360), March Madness 08 is the best -- and only -- collegiate effort for the series available on PS3.
Gamernode (Jan 07, 2008)
Last year March Madness was too fast, had no new gameplay, and offered little to give it an advantage over College Hoops. This year, they fixed the speed by slowing it down too much, they added new gameplay at the expense of fine-tuning the other problems, and they attempted to get ahead of College Hoops by offering classic teams. Is that enough for a purchase/upgrade? That depends on how much those small aspects of the game matter to you.
Cheat Code Central (Jan 01, 2008)
Overall, March Madness 08 is a pretty good basketball game. The problem is that it isn't the best basketball game available by far. It can probably easily claim second best, but College Hoops is a much better basketball experience. The animations are more fluid, the presentation is better, the pacing is more realistic…there's a veritable laundry list of things that College Hoops does better than March Madness. March Madness is not a bad game by any means, but if anyone is looking for the definitive college basketball experience, they should look towards College Hoops. March Madness is taking strides in the right direction, but it still has quite a march before it can actually compete.
GameSpot (Jan 11, 2008)
You can't argue with the results of EA's focus on revamping 08's post play, and some people will really dig the inclusion of a large number of classic teams (with short shorts), but it's really a shame the developer didn't spend a little more time addressing the little nagging issues. These are what's keeping the game from reaching its full potential. If you're the forgiving type, not worried about real schedules or accurate statistics, and willing to look past a few annoying gameplay quirks, you'll probably have a good time with the game, but it's hard to recommend to hardcore hoopsters.
1UP (Dec 11, 2007)
March Madness is decent, no question, but it dashes our high hopes. This one has a long way to go to feel like real college basketball on the court, and not just off of it. Even with all its glitter, it's dim when compared to the shiny College Hoops 2K8.
Game Tap (Dec 19, 2007)
Maybe I just need to catch up on my sleep, but playing a recent game of NCAA March Madness 08, I think I counted 10 yawns in the first half. By the second half, I needed a serious jolt of caffeine to even make it to the buzzer. It was 4 p.m.
The Video Game Critic (Jan 20, 2008)
There are serious glitches in the AI, including players who run out of bounds for no reason, and balls that sometimes rocket into the stratosphere. Fouls are sometimes called without any indication why. But the most glaring oversight is the fact that there are no coaches. It looks so dumb when the players huddle around each other during time-outs. Dick Vitalle provides spirited color commentary (as usual), but Brad Nessler says some really inexplicable things, like "This crowd is about to go silly!" NCAA 08 would have been a reasonably good college basketball game five years ago, but EA has a lot of nerve to charge $60 for this. Especially considering how smooth and polished their NBA Live 08 is, this is inexcusable.

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