The impact a coach can make on a team is more crucial in college basketball than in any other sport. Eager young players hungering for playing time and experience must be properly guided by their coaches to ensure victory in the game and overall success during the season. Building upon the standards set in last year’s Legacy mode, ESPN College Hoops 2K5 adds new and exciting depth to this year’s Legacy mode with a big focus on coach roles.
The Legacy Mode allows gamers to create a coach, customizing their teaching style, recruitment, and offensive and defensive attributes of the coach. By completing specific milestones and goals during the season, more attribute points will be awarded to improve a coach’s abilities. Increasing abilities will give the gamer’s team an advantage in every area of Legacy Mode whether it is game preparations in the Coach’s Meeting, or the offensive and defensive tactics when playing Coach Mode. These are just some of the many new features added to Legacy mode where coaching is the game.
Passing is one of the most important skills in collegiate basketball. Moving the ball is an integral part of success for a college team; more often than not, it’s the passer that dictates where and when a team will score. Without good passing, team movement is restricted, escaping double teams and traps becomes extremely difficult, and there would be no fastbreak or alley-oops.
Passing is an art and in ESPN College Hoops 2K5, gamers will experience the new Pass-N-Go System featuring two pass buttons. Now gamers can take advantage of directional passing and the new lead pass mechanic that executes a lead pass to a teammate cutting to the basket. The lead pass requires the player to recognize a good situation as gamers who abuse it will find a lot of passes going to the opponent. In addition to the lead pass, new advanced passing features allow the player to perform give-n-go and alley-oop plays that are high risk, but offer higher reward.
ESPN College Hoops 2K5 also introduces the most intuitive free throw system in any basketball game. Free throw situations, and especially 1-and-1 free throw opportunities, are often dramatic moments in college basketball. In ESPN College Hoops 2K5, players can experience these moments without the worry of meters or visual aids. To shoot a free throw, gamers simply press and hold the shoot button to start the free throw animation, and release the shoot button when the ball is released. Different players will have different free throw animations and release points, making the free throw system both simple and challenging.