NCAA March Madness 2000
Publisher: EA Sports
Release Date: November 1999
NCAA March Madness 2000 brings college hoops video game experience to the next level with many new and updated features like the latest trade marked feature Dynamic Ball Control™. Other long time standards for EA SPORTS college basketball like Dynasty Mode™ and the playbooks have been expanded, for those gamers who want get involved in the behind the scenes action of college basketball.
With the addition of the SWAC, MEAC, West Coast, Southern and IVY LEAGUE conferences March Madness 2000 features over 150 Division 1 teams to choose from. Want to lace up the as one of the women's teams? Enjoy a "Sweet Sixteen" tournament as any of the sixteen Division 1 women's teams in the game.
New recruits to the March Madness production and marketing teams include Dick Vitale and Steve Francis. Vitale is featured in game as color commentator, working with play-by-play announcer Ron Franklin. Vitale will also work closely with the March Madness production team to ensure that the team maintains the integrity and the spirit of the game. Steve Francis's brings his on-court expertise and direction to the production team as well as serving as spokesperson and box front talent for the game.\
Dynamic Ball Control is one of the most exciting and innovative features added to the game. With this new feature gamers can move the ball down court with more control and finesse than ever before. Killer cross-overs, between the legs and behind the back dribbles are only the beginning. The new Shake and Bake button allows novice players to throw a series of moves on an opponents while driving to the basket for a lay-up or to dunk the ball.
- Dynamic Ball Control™ allows gamers unparalleled ball handling capabilities. Gamers can now cross dribble, dribble between the legs and choose which hand to dribble with as they look for openings and passing opportunities in the defense.
- The shake and bake button, user selectable, was developed with some help from Steve Francis, allows gamers to throw multiple ball handling moves by using one button.
- Access over 9 different dunks depending on the dunk rating of those attempting to do so.
- Dynasty Mode™ has been expanded and includes detailed scouting reports on player recruits including their preferences and tendencies. Gamers can still recruit and manage of teams for years, even decades. The game player chooses the coaching strategies, which plays to run, and who's going to run them.
- New coaching strategies created using the Coach's Edge™ software now include team specific playbooks. Choose from over forty new plays while on offense, defense or zone.
- Over 80 new animations including: ankle breakers, spins, crossovers, jabs and stutter steps.
- Over 150 men's Division 1 teams and 16 women's Division I teams, and 20 historical men's teams.
- Over 150 complete 3D rendered arena environments.
- Team specific uniforms incorporate team colors and logos.
- TV-style presentation with 11 adjustable camera angles and instant replay with a full 360° view.
- Immersive college hoops atmosphere with, dynamic crowd, enhanced sound and authentic cheer squad, bands, drum cadences and fight songs. Over 80 crowd chants including "Air Ball" and 60 fight songs.
- Detailed player ratings supplied by College Sports Exchange based on 1999-00 rosters.
- Weekly Top 25 Polls show conference and overall standings.
- Championship week. All conference tournaments are represented with their unique brackets.
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