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NBA2K2 is a great basketball game, and overall, a sports game that is a solid addition to a relatively small GCN library. The responsive control and challenging AI make it a complete basketball experience. There is enough difficult there to satisfy those die-hard players, while at the same time, it is based on a series with a solid foundation in the basics: creating the fun and exciting atmosphere of an NBA game. NBA2K2 does not back down, and brings the Big Show to you. I am looking forward to the next game of the series, where I am sure Visual Concepts will tailor to the GCN's hardware providing the player with an even more complete experience. Unlike your Air Jordans, play some NBA2K2 because this series just gets better with age.
NBA 2K2 has set the standard for basketball games across all platforms on which it has appeared, and the GameCube is no different. Thanks mostly to the highly tuned A.I., the series offers a realistic gameplay experience that no other basketball game has come close to achieving. 2K2 rewards you for understanding the fundamentals of basketball, whether you?re executing proper screen plays or taking advantage of offensive or defensive mismatches. It all comes down to how well you can play team ball, although there?s plenty of room for individual showboating?but just as in real life, it only gets you so far in a season.
NBA 2K2 has a slew of game play modes such as exhibition, season, practice, street, and franchise. As is, NBA 2K2 offers more than you could want in a game that you will only be playing until you earn enough money for 2K3 or 2K4 (once it comes out).
It may not have much competition, but NBA 2K2 is the GameCube roundball simulation to beat. Its wealth of gameplay modes dwarfs that of the competition, the gameplay can be slightly buggy at times but remains predominantly tight, and the graphics are more than adequate. Thanks to the streetball mode, it's like there are two games in one. Visual Concepts still has a few slight bugs to work out and can improve the game's AI, but when it does, the NBA 2K franchise will be hard to top.
Earlier this year many basketball fans were treated to the release of Nintendo's own NBA Courtside 2002. It was met with mixed reception -- both good and bad -- due to its forgiving take on the NBA game. Those interested in a more accurate basketball simulation need look no further than Sega's NBA 2K2, the latest in an ongoing series from Visual Concepts. It's the game professional athletes, not just NBA players turn to when they want to fire up some NBA action from the living room sofa. Why? Because no hoop game has captured the grace and athleticism as consistently or as well as the NBA 2K series. However, for all that NBA 2K2 does well, it inherits many of the shortcomings and problems we've had with previous editions of the franchise.
If you've been playing Courtside and have been annoyed with the lack of real game play, or if you're just tired of waiting for EA Sports' NBA Live game then go for this, you will not be disappointed. NBA 2K2 showcases the best basketball game out there - steady game play, dazzling visuals, realistic sound - and once again shows that dynasties can be overthrown. NBA 2K2, revolutionizing NBA basketball gaming!