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College Hoops 2K6

Platform(s): PlayStation 2, Xbox
Genre: Sports
Publisher: 2K Sports

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'College Hoops 2K6' (Xbox) Dribbles Into Stores

by Rainier on Nov. 23, 2005 @ 8:46 a.m. PST

The professional basketball game is filled with big contracts, bigger egos, and star-studded highlight reels of high-flying dunks. This is perhaps why college basketball is admired throughout the land as the last place to experience the purest state of basketball-- where good coaching is necessary for direction, teamwork is essential for success, and rivalries raise the competitive spirit to new heights. No college basketball game exemplifies the passion and pageantry of collegiate basketball like College Hoops 2K6, where every year prized traditions are revisited, new records are made, and the fire of school spirit is rekindled.

"Fans love college basketball because it portrays basketball in its purest state; where solid coaching, strong teamwork and school spirit prevail," said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. "College Hoops 2K6 incorporates this by introducing new features that make it the most comprehensive college basketball game, delivering the emotion and drama of the college experience like never before."

Bringing personality to the franchise mode are the coaches and multiple commentators. College Hoops 2K6 breaks new ground by featuring real college coaches, including Roy Williams, Tubby Smith, Jim Boeheim, and Lute Olson.

College Hoops 2K6 gives gamers in-depth game coverage, enhanced by insightful commentary from Verne Lundquist as the play-by-play announcer, Bill Raftery for color commentary, Bonnie Bernstein reporting from the sidelines and Greg Gumbel and Clark Kellogg as tournament presenters.

"This is the first time that a video game company has obtained the licensing right to use a large number of college coaches within the body of the video game," said David Kirkpatrick, vice president of non-apparel marketing, The Collegiate Licensing Company. "We think that college basketball fans will revel in the opportunity to have top college coaches walking the sidelines."

In addition, College Hoops 2K6 showcases new features for the franchise such as Player Disposition, the Coach's Clipboard, the High School Camp and many of the elements that made NBA 2K6 a critical success, such as the Strip 'n' Rip System, Shot Stick and V.I.P. System(TM).

  • Player Disposition focuses on each player's inherent set of attributes: consistency, focus, and confidence. By utilizing practice drills, scrimmages, and weekly meetings in the game, you try to raise these attributes to their peaks, so that you can heighten your Player Psyche and optimize your players' performances.
  • The Coach's Clipboard feature captures the true collegiate atmosphere by stressing the importance of good coaching. The feature gives gamers the ability to give specific direction to their team during timeouts to help coach them to victory. Gamers have total control over individual zone replacements to make the necessary substitutions for improving zone defense efficiency and exploiting an opponent's weaknesses.
  • The High School Camp feature lets gamers scout top performing high school players by visiting camps and observing or playing with the top prospects in the country to judge their performance in drills and scrimmages. This feature complements the underclassmen recruiting feature, in which gamers can now recruit high school players at any level and secure interest that will carry over from year to year.

Through the Xbox Live online game service and PlayStation Online, College Hoops 2K6 provides gamers with the most realistic, interactive gaming experience with seamless head-to-head online play. The comprehensive online features also provide stat tracking, buddy list management and online leagues.

College Hoops 2K6 for the Xbox is rated "E" for Everyone and available in North American retail stores for $29.99. College Hoops 2K6 for the PS2 will be available in stores in early December. College Hoops 2K6 for the Xbox 360 is slated for release in early 2006.

Additional details and features will be available in the near future.

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