NCAA March Madness 08 review

Tossing up a big, honking brick from every angle


  • Classic teams
  • Easy free throws
  • Improved online options


  • Non-next-gen gameplay
  • Meh-quality graphics
  • Way too many steals

Dec 18, 2007

PS3 gamers are tired of getting the shaft with their multi-platform sports games. After all, this was the year when 360 owners got each football title delivered with 60 silky frames per second while Sony's next-generation fans got stuck with a choppy framerate half as good. However, that's not a problem with March Madness 08, as the PS3 version is equal to its 360 namesake. Unfortunately, like a much-hyped 7-footer who turns out to bring nothing but knees, elbows and disappointment to the basketball court, NCAA March Madness 08 is a cavalcade of ungainly gaffes and missteps no matter which machine it's in.

From the opening tip, it's more than evident that something is a bit askew. Players move like wooden automatons, while the ball often takes decidedly, um, interesting bounces off the rim that clearly defy the laws of gravity as we know them. Passing, shooting and rebounding are all stiff, and you never quite feel like you're truly in control of the action. Perhaps that's how most coaches feel as they watch their youngsters try and execute all the plays they've so carefully drawn up in practice, but we're pretty sure that's not the vibe EA was going for.

More Info

DescriptionIt's one thing to keep gameplay virtually the same - another to remove features altogether, which is what this basketball sim does.
PlatformPS2, Xbox 360, PS3
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor ratingRating Pending
Release date11 December 2007 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)