ESPN COLLEGE HOOPS 2K5
ESTABLISHES A NEW LEGACY
Coach Progression, Year-Round
Recruiting, Coach Carousel, and News Reports headline new additions to Legacy
SAN RAFAEL, CA (November 09, 2004) –
ESPN Videogames announced today details of the new additions found in ESPN
College Hoops 2K5’s franchise offering, called Legacy Mode. In the world of
collegiate basketball, the coach is responsible for calling the shots on and off
the court. Recruiting top players year round, scouting new talent and preparing
the game plan against opponents are some of the fundamental elements gamers will
find in the unique and exciting Legacy Mode.
"Our ESPN College Hoops 2K5 team
really went all out in designing Legacy Mode to make it both comprehensive and
entertaining," states Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts – makers of ESPN
Videogames. "In collegiate basketball, the coach makes the biggest impact for a
school’s program. The ability to improve coaching skills by guiding a small
program to success, gain respect throughout the college ranks, and receive
offers for new coaching gigs at bigger and better schools is something that fans
are going to love."
Legacy Mode starts the player in the
role of a head coach for a "small-time" college program. The player must learn
how to manage the elements of recruiting the right talent, scouting potential
players, and teaching suitable skills in order to improve the current team win
record. By balancing budget and time resources properly, the gamer will attain
specific goals and improve his or her attributes. Players that can continue a
successful coaching trend may be offered new positions at prominent colleges.
Taking new job offers gives the player better budget resources, allowing for
better recruiting and scouting. As they progress through their career, Legacy
Mode players will receive new and harder goals to accomplish.
Recruiting the best young talent is
the key to success in ESPN College Hoops 2K5’s Legacy Mode. Top recruits
throughout the nation will have different interests – coaching prowess, playing
time, closeness to their hometown, and the reputation of the college. With the
help of assistant coaches, gamers can choose to e-mail recruits, visit a
prospect’s home, attend a high school game, or even offer a "full-ride"
As the season progresses, the trials
and tribulations of a head coach can be viewed through dynamically generated
news reports. After every game, a multiple page news story can be read as
writers editorialize the great win or humiliating loss for the player’s team.
Every story generated is unique and includes a highlight from the user’s game.
ESPN College Hoops 2K5 summarizes the result of games played, all in the style
of the worldwide leader in sports.
ESPN Videogames are produced by
Visual Concepts – SEGA’s sports studio.
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marketing for all ESPN Videogames titles and is committed to delivering the
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