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2. Live 2.0
One of the biggest advantages "NCAA Basketball" has over "NBA Live" is the fact that not only do the two games share resources, but the NCAA team has an extra couple of months to fine-tune anything that maybe didn't work right in "Live." To that end, expect to see all of the upgrades to the gameplay system in "Live" make their way to the NCAA series, an overall upgrade that was sorely and surely needed.
"Last year was our first year on the 'NBA Live' engine, and what we did was take that engine and all of the improvements from 'NBA Live 10,' and we refined them to suit the college game," says Dougan. "We really focused on what makes each team unique. The fact is, there are 300-plus schools and they all play different, and that's what we wanted to focus on. At the end of the day, we don't want to ship a pro game with college uniforms. We want to take all of the cool enhancements from the common gameplay engine and give them a college twist or a college feel.
We have hustle plays in our game, which is synonymous with the intensity and the effort of college basketball. So now you have guys diving for loose balls, saving the balls out of bounds, a lot of collision, players jumping over each other to get to that loose ball.
”-- Connor Dougan
"NCAA Basketball 10" line producer
"And there are a ton of gameplay enhancements that were made to 'NBA Live' that will also be in 'NCAA Basketball 10.' There is a brand-new locomotion system that really helps our off-ball player motion. This is the most realistic-looking off-ball motion that has ever been done in a basketball game. You're going to have players making hard cuts, going backdoor to the hoop — and this is stuff you've never seen before in our college game. We've taken this locomotion system from 'Live' and tweaked it and recaptured a whole bunch of the data to fit the college game. We have hustle plays in our game, which is synonymous with the intensity and the effort of college basketball. So now you have guys diving for loose balls, saving the balls out of bounds, a lot of collision, players jumping over each other to get to that loose ball. We also have tons of rebounding improvements that have been missing in the past — two players going up and colliding in midair, guys going up and tipping the ball to themselves.
"We also have a brand-new shot control system with layup solutions that enable you to attempt the kind of shot you want. If you want to attack the basket to the left or to the right of the hoop, it's up to you, and we literally have hundreds of new shot animations from '09' to '10,' and these are animations that you won't see in 'NBA Live.' These animations have been captured specifically for 'NCAA Basketball' just to get that level of intensity up to where it needs to be to suit the college game."