Electronic Arts today shipped NCAA March Madness 08 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PS2, giving 2K Sports’ College Hoops 2K8 some hardwood competition. NCAA March Madness 08 features Kevin Durant of the Seattle Sonics on its cover, yet another direct competition against 2K Sports’ game, which features Greg Oden of the Portland Trail Blazers.
NCAA March Madness 08 has created a strategic new gameplay experience called Dynamic Post Control that enables you to take complete control over running your offense through the post, and defending your opponent in the paint. For the first time, you have complete control over dozens of new offensive post moves, including finesse ones like an up-and-under, drop step, hook spin, jump hook, and pump fake, and the ability to combine moves together. Now you can take command of the post on defense with strategic positioning to dominate down low: guard your opponent man-to-man, front him to deny the entry pass or read the offense and go for the steal.
Dream match-ups are also a reality, as NCAA March Madness 08 enables you to replay classic games in college basketball history. Featuring 74 classic teams, players can take the court and compete against teams that span decades like the 1972 UCLA Bruins against any of the great North Carolina Tar Heels teams of the 1980s, the Duke Blue Devils of the 1990s or the two-time defending champion University of Florida Gators to determine the best team in the history of college basketball.
The game also includes all the college bands playing their school’s fight songs, the student section leading the cheers and ESPN college basketball broadcasters Dick Vitale, Brad Nessler and Erin Andrews providing the commentary. As in college, the crowd atmosphere will also impact the composure ratings of the players on the floor — seniors and freshmen will handle the pressure differently — enabling you to fill up your Intensity Control Meter and change the momentum of the game.