Modern sports games are really good. I mean if you haven't noticed. They're super good. And at times, that makes going back to old ones really difficult. All the incremental improvements each year, it's a slow march toward perfection.
The most recent basketball game I played is NBA 2K18, and it was pretty great. There was a (kinda) interesting story mode, and realistic graphics, and smooth gameplay. So why go back to an old game like NCAA Basketball from 1992? Well, it's much easier to appreciate where we are if we remind ourselves where we were.
Admittedly, an old 16-bit basketball game like this is pretty easy to just pick up and play. There's not a lot of controls to learn. You just play. And I had a good time doing so.
The big thing with this game is the presentation. This one actually surprised me because it's not your basic horizontal court. Nope. Instead it's a rotating court with the camera always behind your players. In that sense, it feels fairly modern. Although the spritework (and digitized cheerleaders) certainly are reminders that this is still 1992. But I'm impressed. It ALMOST looks like it could have been an early N64 game. ALMOST.
Of course there are sacrifices to be made. There's no background whatsoever. The court is just kind of floating in an abyss. And the framerate does chug a fair amount. But hey, it was fun to go and play this game for a half-hour. I could appreciate the game for that.