Fox Sports College Hoops '99
|Fox Sports College Hoops '99|
North American Nintendo 64 cover art
|Publisher(s)||Fox Sports Interactive|
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
Fox Sports College Hoops '99 is a college basketball sports video game developed by Z-Axis and published by Fox Interactive under the brand name Fox Sports Interactive for the Nintendo 64. It was released in North America on October 31, 1998. Jeff Sheppard of the University of Kentucky is featured on the cover.
The game features 120 college basketball teams, multiplayer support for two players, and many of the college championships including the NCAA men's basketball championship. It was the first college sports game for the Nintendo 64. As of 2010, College Hoops '99 has received a compilation score of 55.27% from GameRankings.
The game allows the player to play a single game between any two teams in an exhibition mode, or to play a season mode as the manager of a college basketball team. College Hoops '99 only supports up to two player multiplayer, unlike comparable games of the time which supported four player multiplayer. The season mode contains most of the major college tournaments including early-season tournaments, although the National Invitation Tournament was not included.
The game uses Fox Sports's TV set-up in order to give the player a more realistic feel to gameplay. However, there is no commentary and there are no fight songs or other university-specific songs in the game.
Fox Sports College Hoops '99 received mediocre reviews from critics, who felt that the game was dated compared to contemporary basketball games; the game has received a compilation score of 55.27% from GameRankings. GamePro felt that the game had extremely intelligent artificial intelligence and praised the game overall. IGN's Peer Schneider criticized the arcade-style slowdown that happened during shooting. GameSpot's Nelson Taruc called the game an "incomplete work in progress". IGN's Matt Casamassina noted that the game compared poorly against other contemporary basketball titles, such as NBA Jam.
- Schneider, Peer (December 4, 1998). "Fox Sports College Hoops '99 Review". IGN. Retrieved June 22, 2010.
- "For Sports College Hoops '99 Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved June 22, 2010.
- Taruc, Nelson (December 24, 1998). "Fox Sports College Hoops '99 Review for Nintendo 64". GameSpot. Retrieved June 22, 2010.
- "Fox Sports College Hoops '99 Review". GamePro. January 1, 2000. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved June 22, 2010.