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GameSpot (Jan 15, 2002)
NBA 2K2 for the PlayStation 2 has some slight issues, but they're not nearly enough to undermine the package as a whole. Virtually every aspect of the real NBA game is accurately represented and well implemented to provide a roundball experience that is second to none. If you have a PlayStation 2 and are looking for a simulation-style basketball game, NBA 2K2 is by far the best option.
GameZone (Feb 10, 2002)
The bottom line is that Sega Sports' NBA 2K2 is the best basketball simulation game to date. Everything that can be done on the court can be done equally as well in the game, from grabbing passes on the run to pulling off sick spin moves and slamming unbelievable dunks. If you've been looking for a basketball game to buy, look no further.
GamePro (US) (Jan 09, 2002)
Without a doubt NBA 2K2, is the game to get for PS2-owning simulation fans, but it all seems like a warm-up for a fully revamped return next year. Still, that’s a long way off ,and it’s hard to resist the total package of pretty graphics, solid controls, and a challenging game of round ball that you can pick up today.
PSX Extreme (Jan 22, 2002)
NBA 2K2 isn't without its faults, but all the great things easily overshadow them. The gameplay is enough alone to warrant a purchase, but it also has a sweet soundtrack and impressive graphics to boot. In the end, both Snake (Arnold) and I, strongly believe that NBA 2K2 is the best basketball simulation out there, on any console. We'll have to wait and see if EA will do something different for a change, *cough* by putting more effort into the next Live entry *cough*. NBA Live fans, lend us your ears! Put down your lackluster title, and go pick up NBA 2K2, you won't regret doing so.
Unlike the Xbox NBA 2K2, which got a graphical upgrade, nothing has changed. I'm griping as a 2K veteran. Those new to the series will love the realism, difficulty, and Franchise mode. Errant passing is the only major gameplay flaw. NBA 2K2 is money – but I expect more next season.
Game Freaks 365 (Apr 19, 2003)
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).
Operation Sports (Feb 02, 2002)
At times, I was thinking this is one of the most fun and realistic games I have played. At others, when you continually get dunked on, or miss “gimme” jump shots, frustration sets in and you start to wonder if it is me or the game? I am having a lot of fun finding out though. I would like to score it higher but the AI involved in the streakiness of the game and the large majority of points scored in the paint are going to cause me to drop my score out of the 90’s for NBA2K2.