Just as with real-life scheduling, ESPN will handle all of your weekday games and CBS will handle weekend games, as well as the tournament known as March Madness. There is even a selection show by CBS at the end of the regular season that shows you who made it to the big dance of 64 teams hoping to win the national championship, complete with some predictions on who are the favorites to win it all.
In addition to getting ESPNís and CBSís graphics into the game, EA also did the same in terms of the commentary. You get to hear the actual voices of the famous broadcast teams of Dick Vitale, Brad Nessler, and Erin Andrews from ESPN and Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery from CBS. While the actual spoken commentary of both teams is pretty basic and can get repetitive over time, thereís nothing like playing a video game and having the added luxury of hearing the excitement that rings through Dick Vitaleís voice when a big play happens.
Besides the graphic overlays and the realistic TV-style presentation, the rest of the game looks pretty good too. This is especially true of the arenas, which should be no surprise to those who have played EA Sports titles in the past, as they usually create accurate representations of sporting venues. The lighting in the arenas is excellent and bright, and each court represents the schools that play there with a high degree of accuracy.
The fans in the stands really replicate the college experience well, as they jump up and down, get rowdy, and do chants as the action heats up to create both a visual and audible ruckus. You'll also see the team mascots get into the action for some comedic relief. EA even implemented a system into NCAA 10 of the 20 most hostile environments -- and when the home team goes on a run, the crowd will go wild, and the camera will even shake, making you feel the passion and energy of the crowd right through your TV screen.
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