I was really expecting big things from this game, but unfortunately it was mildly disappointing. It still has the hard to navigate menus (you have to push the right analog stick to the left to bring up the main menu options.....yuck!). Playability wise it felt almost exactly the same as last year's version, with a few minor tweaks. Everyone was all hyped up about the new crowd interaction, but I really didn't notice that much of a difference with my surround sound cranked up even.
I give it a 6 only because it is fun and the CPU AI is very competitive. The player models REALLY need work, they still look like they came straight off the PS2 IMO.
Bottom Line: Don't rent it unless you absolutely have to play NCAA College BBall before this October when the new version comes out (and hopefully is an improvement over this one). But if you get that craving to play some College Hoops, definitely take this one over March Madness.