NCAA Final Four Basketball

If you enjoy taking it to the hoop with your favorite college basketball team, then this is a game you should check out.

NCAA Final Four is a great game for budding basketball players. The animations aren't huge, but you can inbound the ball and guard the three-point shooters with ease.

It brings board-crashing action home and the incredible new tree-throw animation will add realism to the game.

Players can tip-off in an Exhibition, Tournament or Practice Mode as you make your way to the Final Four.

The top college teams of the last decade are included: Tennessee, Cincinnati, Maryland. Michigan State, Alabama, Florida State, Arkansas, BYU, Arizona, South Carolina, New Mexico State, Seton Hall, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Pitt, Temple, Kansas State, UCLA, Louisville, DePaul, Vanderbilt, Providence, Stanford, Wisconsin, Clemson, UNLV, Florida, Georgia, Pitt, Wake Forest, Villanova, Syracuse, California, Hawaii, Duke, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, St. John's, Rutgers, UTEP. North Carolina, Iowa, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Georgetown, Memphis,

Texas and Massachussets. There's plenty of slam dunking action to keep you busy as you work your way to the Final Four.

All of the official college basketball rules are in the game such as backcourt violations, the five and 10 second rules, plus watch the rough stuff--the refs will call anything. They watch the key and they don't take kindly to any rowdiness.

Keep it clean and keep your elbows down as you try for the alley-oop or the onehanded tomahawk jam.

You can still play hard, but you can't cruise through the paint like you own the place. The zebras rule the paint and they won't hesitate to call you for any one of the infractions you can commit in a real basketball game.

The player animations are smaller than average, but you get to see more of the floor and know where all of your players are to set up plays in the key and along the baseline.

The Iceman and I went head-to-head and he handed me my lunch. He's pretty good at basketball. I, on the other hand, need to practice my hard-court slamming and my dishing skills need plenty of improvement. But there will be plenty of practice as there are lots of roundball games coming down the pipe.

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  • Manufacturer: Mindscape
  • Machine: Super NES

Incredibly realistic characters, animations and renderings can't save this game. The poor control system and lack of entertaining game play pretty much keep this game sifting on the bench. Shop around before buying this one.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Mindscape
  • Machine: Super NES

Incredibly realistic characters, animations and renderings can't save this game. The poor control system and lack of entertaining game play pretty much keep this game sitting on the bench. Shop around before buying this one.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Mindscape
  • Machine: Super NES

Incredibly realistic characters, animations and renderings can't save this game. The poor control system and lack of entertaining game play pretty much keep this game sifting on the bench. Shop around before buying this one.

reggie posted a review

Whose college team will make it to the Final Four this year? Yours! NCAA Final Four Basketball scores from all angles with fast action, deep strategy, and enough competitive college matchups to drive video gym rats over the edge!

Great College Collective

This game's replay value is primo -- the lineup of college teams is deep enough to give you the bends. You play with 64 clubs representing all the major conferences, such as the Pac-10 and the Big Eight. High- profile teams include the UCLA Bruins, the Indiana Hoosiers, and the Georgetown Hoyas, but you even get lesser-knowns like the Utah Runnin' Utes.

You can organize exhibition matchups or enter a tournament. The Practice mode, where you work out your team in your own gym, is highly recommended.

ProTip: For a quick move to the hoop, position an offensive player in layup range with his back to the basket. Hold down Button B and then hold down Button A to make him pivot and dunk.

Couch-potato coaches will have a field day. You can put together starting lineups with players rated in six categories, including shooting percentage and rebounds. Then you can set up six defensive formations, such as half-court pressure or full-court man-on-man. Players become fatigued, so you must go to your bench, too.

You can hit a strange close-inside backward jump shot. If you're underneath the basket and you're facing away from the hoop, hold down Button A.

Total Team Effort

The ultra-tight controls are insane! On offense you can pull a spin move, toss behind-the-back passes, and shoot bank shots. A slick passing interface enables you to quickly cycle through moving players with the directionals and then instantly pass to open men. On defense you can jump block, steal, shuffle side- to-side, and even intentionally foul.

Want more? There's five-player support with a Hudson Multitap, and you must actually make your player catch passes!

Good Looks at the Basket

Final Four puts on an absolutely mesmerizing visual show. The animations are digitized from real players on video. You'll see intricate detail as players spin to the hoop and hang off the rim.

  • Weird lineups sometimes work. Try playing a forward as a guard or vice versa. It's especially effective with subs off the bench.
  • As in real b-ball, defense wins championships.

The only bench warmer on this team is the audio. Crowd sounds that drone like overly mellow New Age noise are the gist of the audio. The squeaking basket- ball-shoe effect sounds like chirping birds.

If college basketball already keeps you glued to the tube, get ready to lose the rest of your life. NCAA Final Four Basketball definitely ranks in the Final Four among video basketball games.

  • Calling a time-out is the only way to check your players' fatigue factors.
  • Make a habit of holding down Button B. It not only speeds up your running, but it sets you up to perform such moves as layups and hands-up defense.
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