March 6, 2007 - Curse you, Missouri Tigers. With .47 seconds in a Midwest beatdown in College Hoops 2K7, my Tigers were able to pull within two points of the St. Louis University Billikens. Another bucket would send the game to overtime or propel Mizzou to victory in one of the greatest comebacks the IGN offices had ever seen. Somehow, Mizzou lost by nine.
I couldn't believe the self-destruction. As the nanoseconds ticked away, my players shook their heads during the stream of late fouls, head coach Mike Anderson fumed from the bench and announcers Vern Lundquist and Bill Raftery broke down the debacle.
I returned to the main menu emotionally wound-up, frustrated and angry, but all I wanted was to play again.
Welcome back to College Hoops. If you're reading this, you're probably a 2K fan and just want to make sure the ball wasn't dropped on the four-year-old franchise's jump to Sony's next generation. I can assure you it wasn't.
The insanely deep Legacy mode with recruiting, pre-season camps and the Selection Sunday show? Intact. Lots of real college coaches such as Roy Williams, Jim Boeheim and Kelvin Sampson? They're stomping the sidelines. Online leagues, Greg Gumbel post-game shows, unlockable balls, challenges and cheerleaders galore? You can bet your bracket they're on the disc.
There's so much to the game that it's hard to talk about College Hoops and not sound like I want it to have my babies.
You know, College Hoops 2K7, I usually don't say this about video games filled with nubile, sweaty men, but you sure are pretty. Your arena floors reflect the sparkling stadium lights, jerseys and shorts ruffle as my point guard breaks to the basket and replays and cut scenes look downright mesmerizing as sweet drips and faces contort after questionable calls. Sure, when one of your players leaves the ground for a shot or block, his jersey inflates as if he was standing over a fan and some of the stadiums are a bit too generic, but those are just two small flaws, baby. I think I love you.
Now, reader, you can mock me all you want, but you need to understand - I have basketball video game relationship baggage. I used to be in an abusive relationship with EA's March Madness. Year after year I'd buy EA's newest installment of its flashy series and end up being let down. I needed a game that would listen to my needs - namely well-rounded gameplay - but all EA would offer was an offense that revolved around holding turbo, driving to the hoop and dunking.