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Gold: College Hoops 2K8

College Hoops 2K8. It is hard to pinpoint why this game is so great. The gameplay was wonderful; the depth was even better; Legacy mode to this day still makes me scream with happiness and despair; recruiting was nearly flawless; and the presentation has only been topped by NCAA Basketball 10 because of the CBS and ESPN integration included in that title. CHoops 2K8 was the most complete basketball game ever made let alone the past decade. The only problem with this game was the fact that it did not have a predecessor. This game single-handedly brought college basketball to life in the virtual world. It's just a shame that it was the last of its kind.

Silver: NBA 2K1

Visual Concepts redefined NBA sports gaming with NBA 2K1. With their second effort in the now successful NBA 2K franchise, the developers completely remolded what the game had been the year prior. Gone were the 1,000 blocks per game, the terrible passing that nearly forced your center to run the point at times, and the animations were not as terrible. The game still had its problems. The post game was broken, steals happened too often for an NBA game and off-ball movement was left to the chopping block before retail hit. But the good outweighed the bad in this one. This was when 2K first started separating players from teams. Rasheed Wallace was a monster in the game because of his ability to stretch the floor; Kobe was coming into his own as well. All in all, NBA 2K1's release was the moment one of the most successful sports gaming franchises in history came into its own.

Readers' Choice: College Hoops 2K8

College Hoops 2K8 ran away with the competition with NBA 2K10 a distant second-place finisher. Both games combined for over 70 percent of the total votes, with College Hoops 2K8 being far and away the bigger vote getter of the two, getting nearly 50 percent of the total votes. Is this a case for 2K trying to get back into the college basketball race?

Game: College Hoops 2K8Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS2 / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes for game: 93 - View All
Member Comments
# 1 jyoung @ 12/01/10 03:17 PM
Good choices.

The NBA 2K series just hasn't been the same since it left the Dreamcast.

Visual Concepts has gotten too caught up in making their basketball game all about animations.

That is why 2K's basketball games these days are nice to watch but no fun to play.

College Hoops 2K8 was the last of its kind in many ways:

1) Last great 2K basketball game

2) Last great college basketball game

3) Last 2K basketball game that wasn't overburdened by excessive animations and clunky isomotion controls.
# 2 tbbucsfan001 @ 12/01/10 04:13 PM
Great game. I get addicted every college basketball season.
# 3 baccVols @ 12/01/10 05:24 PM
2 thumbs up
# 4 statum71 @ 12/01/10 07:05 PM
Easy win for the last decade. Looking forward to where 2K is going the next several years with basketball.
# 5 BenGerman @ 12/01/10 07:08 PM
Great choice!

2k is the model I want all games to base their Dynasty modes off of.
# 6 acts238shaun @ 12/01/10 08:46 PM
I'll never sell my copy. Besides MLB the Show 10 Idon't play another game as much.
# 7 ty5oke @ 12/01/10 08:55 PM
Well deserved. I can only hope the series makes a comeback soon.
# 8 Yeah...THAT Guy @ 12/02/10 02:53 PM
Great choice. NBA 2k11 and CH2k8 are hands down the best basketball games I've ever played. Unfortunately, my copy of NBA 2k11 broke last night (my xbox scratched it horribly) so I have to wait a few weeks before I can play that again.
# 9 stlstudios189 @ 12/02/10 03:38 PM
nba 2k8 is often overlooked and ia my favorite
# 10 wjmooner @ 12/03/10 09:57 AM
Thanks to this series I picked up CH2k8 last night for 4 bucks at Gamestop. I think I've already gotten my money's worth.
# 11 Agent_XX4 @ 12/03/10 06:06 PM
i still have college hoops 2K8 and still play legacy mode to this day. its thyat damn good.
# 12 Pitfighter87 @ 12/03/10 07:57 PM
Originally Posted by tbbucsfan001
Great game. I get addicted every college basketball season.
this right here.I wont play it through the summer or when a new nba game first comes out.But as soon as college hoops starts up its seein more time then any game.Will never get rid of this game.
# 13 Yeah...THAT Guy @ 12/03/10 09:23 PM
Originally Posted by Pitfighter87
this right here.I wont play it through the summer or win a new nba game first comes out.But as soon as college hoops starts up its seein more time then any game.Will never get rid of this game.
This. Although I was playing NCAA Basketball 10 with somebody last night, but that's because he doesn't know any better and it's arcade-ish gameplay is fun for human-human play sometimes lol. I love my Legacy that I have going right now. I played/simmed over 40 seasons (guestimate, it was like 2050 I think) with one coach, and had another one that was going great until I accidentally overwrote it with my Eric Gordon player-lock legacy. Now I started a new one and after 5 or so seasons at Alcorn State, I finally left for Hawaii and landed two 5 star recruits (a 7'3" center 75 overall with A potential and a 6'5" PG 61 overall but A+ potential). I redshirted the PG. I love this game.
# 14 DLaren @ 12/04/10 12:24 AM

Well deserved.

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