Closing Comments NCAA College Basketball 2K3 is my favorite basketball game this year. Though the final score isn't higher than NBA 2K3, it's only because there are so many nagging little problems. However, those problems don't cancel out a great experience. If Kush and Visual Concepts can iron out these troubles and focus more on the Legacy Mode next year, this could be among the elite sports games of 2003. If you're a college hoops fan, this is definitely worth your holiday cheddar. If you're not a big college fan but love hoops, you may still want to check NCAA out. This is a unique experience, different and more enjoyable than NBA 2K3. On a technical level, sure, NBA 2K3 excels, but NCAA will be in my Xbox far more over the coming year. It's the fact that NCAA could have been so much better with just a little more attention to detail that upsets me so much. It's so close, but just isn't quite there. Next year, though, I have high expectations. We'll see if Sega is up to the challenge. -- Hilary Goldstein Presentation Over 300 1-A teams, tons of fight songs and chants. No net-cutting ceremony, unintuitive menus, and some meager uses of the ESPN license hold it back. 8.0 Graphics Look like college players and the stadiums look good, plus the animations are fantastic. The crowds could certainly be better and there's a ton of rim clipping that is too noticeable to be ignored. 7.0 Sound Love the crowd noises and the commentary is great. There's lots of delayed comments, but at least they are accurate even though they come in after the play at times. 8.0 Gameplay Wow. No better college hoops experience out there. Plays so different from NBA 2K3 and so true to the college game that it's a bit stunning. More fun than NBA! 9.0 Lasting Appeal The Legacy Mode will keep you busy for a year and the other modes are nice to have too. Online adds some too, but even without online support this one will keep you occupied for a while. 9.0 OVERALL SCORE (not an average) 8.6 This game sounds awesome, I will definitely be picking this one up next week. But how can they not have sliders?