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I started playing this game once I first got it and if you want to know how much I enjoy playing it I will summarize for you: On my second dynasty mode already, Pulling my hair out in the new All-American Challenge but still playing, been online playing ranked matches till about 4am knowing I have to work at 7am!!! If that isn't enough reason for you than I don't know what is. This has to be by far the best College Hoops in the series (i know i know. It is next gen compared to the original XBOX version). The graphics are amazing and I mean amazing. The crowd animations mixed with the player animations just makes the entire experience worth while. I can't even begin to explain to you how hyped up I was when I went to Cameron Indoor Arena with the Blue Devils up by 15 in the second half with 8 mins left on MOP mode and how I made the greatest comeback by shutting that entire place up with my buzzer beater. Yea, I know I should be hyped up with the crowd on my side and me winning if I was Duke, but the crowd reaction meter really does effect the game just like in real life. It seemed like my team couldn't make a shot, keep missing lay-ups (yea that BS is back) and just turning it over. My attributes for my players really went down and Duke's went up. But when I started making stops, and converting 3's and pulling down broads and that crowd got quiet and started to boo and my attributes jumped up. It felt like I was the underdog in the big house biting the guard in the back. Trust me, when you play and when you experience what I am telling you: YOU WILL KNOW!!! The Dynasty mode is back and deeper than ever. I tired pulling the number one recruit who was dead pressed in going to USC and when I played them and beat them by 12 guess who's interest in my program suddenly changed??? I won't keep filling this balloon up with anymore of my air. Not because it will blow up, but because I don't wanna pass out trying to fill it up. Hands down...go get it!
The 2K Series will be sadly missed if it gets absorbed by EA Sports, but regardless, College Hoops 2K8 is a fantastic simulator. The career legacy will keep you play for a weeks, if not months, if you plan to make it to coaching for a UNC or Duke team. I have coached through 10 years and am at Maryland, so not too bad, but still has girth to the content.
The All-American training will refine skills of the game and allow people to understand that concept of shooting, post moves, and playing defense.
The only downside to the game is the foul calling. It is virtually impossible to draw a charge (someone coming straight at you from the 3-point line is about the minimum for drawing a charge) and the reach fouls are a little bit unreal. Also, the inbounding mechanics are a little out of wack, causing a few too many turnovers for my liking.
All in all, I give the game a 9 because it is a stellar game that will keep even the casual basketball gamer going for weeks.