NBA in the Zone 2 Reviews (PlayStation)

NBA in the Zone 2 PlayStation NBA Power Dunkers 2 title screen & main menu.


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Power Unlimited (Jan, 1997)
In the Zone 2 is de shit. Ik ben de ultieme koukleum, maar ondanks dat de verwarming in mijn flat kapot ging, was ik dat tijdens het spelen totaal vergeten en dat wil wel iets zeggen hoor. Top choice!
Mega Fun (Jan, 1997)
Zunächst dachte ich “Oha, das wird ein knappes Kopf-an-Kopf-Rennen“, doch bereits nach einem kurzen Vergleich war klar, daß Total NBA ‘96 als Referenz ausgedient hat. Konamis Edel-Simulation ist Sonys Konkurrenzprodukt in nahezu allen Punkten überlegen.
IGN (Dec 12, 1996)
Even though this game doesn't have all the cool sim options and may possess a couple of minor flaws, it still has the best on-court action available for any home system. In the Zone 2 is a positive enhancement to your sports game library.
Video Games (Jan, 1997)
Bis auf einen kleinen Schönheitsfehler ist NBA ITZ2 derzeit definitiv das beste Konsolen-Basketballspiel überhaupt. Wer allerdings gerne die Statistiken seiner Spieler verfolgt, was ja über eine ganze Saison hinweg nicht uninteressant ist, der dürfte sich hier ärgern. Im Season-Mode werden nämlich nur die Spielstände abgespeichert und sonst nix. Abgesehen davon und verglichen mit dem ersten Teil spielt sich In The Zone 2 jedoch fantastischer und realistischer, als jedes andere bisher erschienene Game.
Gamezilla (1996)
Konami has done an exceptional job with In the Zone 2. This is one of the best basketball games available to date. It is very refreshing to see a company take the effort to correct all of the problems from a previous release instead of making a few minor changes, updating rosters and calling it part 2. The whole scope of the game seems to have changed from reckless abandon to calculated strategy. There is enough arcade-style action to please the people who enjoy the fast-paced, west coast style game, and there is enough strategy to please the eastern conference, slow down gamers. If you are a die hard basketball fan and can't live without a good basketball video game, you will not be disappointed with this one. Between In the Zone 2 and Bottom of the 9th, Konami is turning into a quite a force in the realm of sporting titles.
The computer AI could use some work, but the game is great fun in Two-player Mode. This is one for gamers looking for a happy medium between NBA Jam and NBA Live. Check it out.
GameSpot (Jan 03, 1997)
NBA In The Zone 2 offers the best sports graphics anywhere, but if you want the best gameplay and excitement look somewhere else.
ITZ2 is an improvement over ITZ1. They made the improvements that people asked for, but they still need to bottle the unbridled enthusiasm of the game of basketball and create standards, instead of just trying to meet them. They have succeeded in the graphical elements of the game, but seriously need to reevaluate what they think will put them over the top. This boils down to one thing, gameplay, the playability needs to be improved. In comparison with NBA Live 97, this game is second fiddle, but its ideal if you just want a nice looking arcade style basketball game.
GamePro (US) (Jan, 1997)
Despite its impressive look, In the Zone 2 fails to live up to all its hoopla. Basketball fans should rent it for a weekend to check out some of the dunks, but if you're searching for something with more stamina, Live '97 is the only game in town.