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NBA Street Vol. 2 has passed the dreaded sequel slump some sports games suffer from nowadays. It has solid gameplay which creates a big-time replay factor. Even after you unlock everything you will still be down to take on your friends with the multitude of things you acquired; such as throwback jerseys, courts, legends and street ballers. This game will stay on my list of games to play for a long time. It doesn't look like there are many games out there that can top this one. I will have to wait and see how good the new NBA Jam is going to be when it hits stores. However, it has quite the job ahead of it to take out NBA Street Vol. 2.
NBA Street Vol. 2 not only proved it was as good as NBA Jam, in my book, but easily surpassed it, becoming my new favorite arcade sports title. A fun-filled ride featuring great control, fantastic graphics and a sweet soundtrack make this a title that should be in anyones game library. Regardless of which version you choose, you're still going to get a great game of b-ball... arcade style!!
A sequel built on a foundation as solid as that of EA Big’s original NBA Street (PS2, GC) seems destined for greatness, and when screenshots of the game were released many months back they only confirmed what many had already been expecting. Firstly, it was quite evident from the scant information released on the game up until its release that the game was to be built upwards, not outwards. Meaning that the developers didn’t have any intentions of wildly innovating over the original, but rather planned on adding to it with legions of improvements and additions. The result of EA’s efforts may not be entirely surprising, but its many refinements do give way to an insanely entertaining arcade-style b-ball experience that goes beyond even that of the original.
When the original NBA Street hit PS2 and GameCube it just about spelled certain doom for Midway's groundbreaking NBA Jam/Showtime series. Street quite simply did everything better and with more of an edge. With the arrival of NBA Street 2 on Xbox, GameCube and PS2 you're getting so much more --more dunks, more players, more moves, more music and a lot more street-- that even most fearful anti-sports gamer out there will want to lace 'em up one time and get flashy on the sticks.
In his book Which Lie Did I Tell?, Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman states that "Here is one of the main rules of adaptation: You cannot be literally faithful to the source material. Here's another that critics never get: You should not be literally faithful to the source material. It is in a different form... Here is the most important rule of adaptation: You must be totally faithful to the intention of the source material." I feel the same way about video game adaptations of true life, sports included: They should keep the bits that lend themselves to an exciting video game experience, and throw out the rest.
NBA Street Vol. 2 is a fantastic arcade basketball game, and easily the best on the PS2 to date. Addictive gameplay and a plethora of unlockables make this game definitely worth buying for single player, and the multiplayer game modes are reason enough to run out and invest in a multitap.
Armchair Empire, The
With an even better line-up of game modes this time around, NBA Street Volume 2 should have basketball enthusiasts hooked. Even those who aren’t fans of sports should definitely check this game out -- one of the best sports games of this year.
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NBA Street 2 is a huge leap forward in the evolution of street basketball. It has numerous options, solid control, and engaging gameplay that will appease hardcore fans and casual ballers alike. Even better, it’s incredibly easy to pick up and learn how to play, meaning that just about anyone can grab a controller and throw up a challenge to the resident king of the courts. So lace up your sneakers, grab your squad and get ready to throw down, because if you play games, you should slam this title into your system as soon as you can.
NBA Street Vol. 2 is a worthy sequel to the original game, and successfully builds on what NBA Street did so well. Sure, there are always improvements to be made, such as the inclusion of online play or the more gradual increase in difficulty from setting to setting, but that's one reason why continued sequels can be a good thing. There's been enough added to the single-player experience to make it worth a definite purchase, even if it's just used as a temporary diversion from the rigors of Franchise mode in NBA 2K3. The flexibility of the multiplayer experience is largely improved, thanks to the many rules options. It's rare when a sequel outclasses its predecessor in almost every way, especially when the first game was so highly thought of—but NBA Street Vol. 2 simply exceeds the quality of NBA Street on almost every level and is as close to a definite purchase as I can recommend.
While on the surface it’s a prettier and more refined version of the original, extended playtime will reveal a game that’s unique from its predecessor – faster, crazier, more tricks, better GameBreaker system, deeper single player modes, etc. NBA fans that revel in the old-school will be in heaven with all the legends, and everyone else will love the fast pace and excitement of this arcade hoops classic. Basketball fan or not, NBA Street Vol. 2 will appeal, be it as a single player game or multiplayer party game.
The bottom line is that NBA Street is just plain fun, or as you?ll start saying after playing Street for awhile, NBA Street is off the chain. Truly it is a treat for serious NBA basketball fans, weekend warriors, and the casual sports fan alike. With smooth graphics and animations, a true feel for the art of street ball, fantastic controls, and a multiplayer mode that brings out the trash talker in even choirboys make NBA Street a must have for owners of any major console. Now boys and girls, while you are breaking the ankles of your friends with killer crossover and over the top stutter steps, and you are having trouble mastering the art of trash talking, ghetto style. I will be holding an Ebonics seminar in Seattle, Washington in June.
Baseball may be as American as apple pie and football might have unbridled testosterone appeal, but no sport can match basketball's combination of athletic prowess and cutting edge style. Basketball commercials are like MTV shorts, all hectic hip-hip cool, celebrating individual players as if they were top grossing box-office stars. Be like Mike? How about KG or Shaq or AI or Kobe?
Game Informer Magazine
I don’t feel the same elation as I did playing the first Street, but Vol. 2 advances the series and gives fans more than enough reason to pick it up.
Even if you've never really tried a basketball simulation, or any sports simulation, you can't help but get drawn into NBA Street Vol. 2. It's a blast making your players quickly and easily score some of the most outrageous dunks and it's great to sit and watch someone else play for its lovely visuals and great soundtrack. If you're going to play any sports sim this year, try and get your hands on this one - it's definitely no Airball, in fact, it's an absolute Give-and-go!
Besides a could-be-better multiplayer engine the people at EA Big really out did themselves in every aspect. Volume 2 is a game I recommend to anyone who likes videogames, not just sports fans. It’s cool, it’s fun, and it will keep you playing for a long time. As hard as it was to reach the bar the first one set Vol. 2 managed to clear it without a problem. Definitely the best sports game in a long time.
While I'm still not such a big fan of the sport itself, I think NBA Street Vol. 2 is a fantastic game that is yet whitout a peer. Extensive modes offer you hours of non-stop gaming, easy to pick up controls let you perform great moves, etc. etc. etc. I could go on for hours about how great this game exactly is, but I'll just add all that in the small box below. No negativo's this time, simply because I can't come up with any.
The only thing that's likely to slow this series down is a yearly update that doesn't produce enough bang for your buck. NBA Street Vol. 2 isn't that game…yet. It leaves little to complain about but also leaves minimal room for improvement. It's a top notch sports product that's filled with action and even comedy. The announcer will have you in stitches before you've finished your first game. It's some of the best commentary you'll hear in any sports game and it takes a long time before the phrases become repetitive.
Basketball is a sport that has always been close to my heart. I grew up in the East Midlands in a footballing town and went to a very sporty secondary school. It was so sporty, as it goes, that they actually had basketball nets in the playground, so I basically shot hoops with my basketball mad mates every lunchtime for five years and left the footballing kids to it. This was the late eighties, you know, also the time when the BBC had the good sense to show NBA highlights on a Saturday night, so come Monday we'd all try to copy the tricks we'd just seen our b-balling heroes pulling off. It was actually quite a site seeing tonnes of school kids in ropey school uniforms all trying to do the Magic Johnson hook shot, or the Jordan finger roll. Hell, I was convinced I was Larry Bird for a while, it was great; at fifteen years old I could just about pull off a fairly ugly dunk. It wasn't real American street basketball, I'll give you that, but to us it was just about close enough.
I have absolutely no interest in snowboarding, skateboarding or ice hockey. I really don't. And yet SSX, Tony Hawk and NHL are all games that all grace my TV screen with indecent regularity. Why? Because the artistry of a truly brilliant arcade sports game can slam dunk apathetic ignorance without breaking a sweat. NBA Street Volume 2 is one of those.
NBA Street Vol. 2 schafft auf nahezu perfekte Art und Weise, Spaß und Realismus zu vereinen, weshalb auch Fans "seriöser" Basketball-Simulationen auf ihre Kosten kommen. Dank der tollen Optik, der spektakulären Aktionen, der 1A-Steuerung und nicht zuletzt des fetten Karriere-Modus' will man den Controller gar nicht mehr aus der Hand legen. Und als Multiplayer-Titel ist die Korbhatz sowieso der ultimative Spaßbringer. Wer sich als Sportspiel-Fan bezeichnet, muss zugreifen!
NBA Street Vol. 2 makes the first version look silly it's so good. This latest installment will have you hooping it up until Vol. 3.
Comme son prédécesseur, NBA Street Vol.2 fait très fort en proposant tout ce que l'on peut attendre d'un jeu de basket arcade convivial, fun et spectaculaire. Un titre qui ne risque pas de passer inaperçu et complète parfaitement le NBA Live 2003 réaliste du même éditeur.
The game's just as fun as the first. Almost exactly as much fun, come to think of it. The new features add something to the game, but the fact that we've been here, and done this before negates those new bonuses, so it's essentially a wash. It's a solid, solid game, but EA didn't change enough in my opinion. They left too much alone. We need some new courts, a few more than the handful of songs that we get, and definitely some more variety in the Gamebreaker Level 2s.
Updating an arcade sports title for a sequel can be a tricky proposition. Since the genre doesn't always attract the hard-core simulation fan, updated rosters and other tweaks normally associated with more-serious sports games usually go unappreciated. But straying too far from the original formula may alienate the existing fans. NBA Street Vol. 2 is a textbook case of how to update a game like this--it makes a few solid improvements to the series' gameplay and visuals, and, most importantly, it doesn't break anything that was great in the first game.
The Video Game Critic
It's not a drastic change, but NBA Street Volume 2 scores major points for its stylish presentation and multiplayer action.
If you’re a huge basketball fan, you need to have this game. If you’re not a huge basketball fan, you should still get this game. For the hardcore basketball fans, NBA Street Vol. 2 is a great change of pace game. When you are tired of playing your franchise in Inside Drive 2003 or NBA 2k3, you can pop this in and just have fun. For the casual fan, Vol. 2 is an enjoyable multiplayer game. It’s one of those games that is perfect for when you have friends over or parties. Fun is the best way to describe NBA Street Vol. 2 and it’s the main reason you should buy this game.
What’s not to like? It’s a great game, that deserves all the accolades it gets. Will satisfy most tastes, even if you’re not a sports fan. Get a multitap and a few friends around and kiss goodbye to your evenings!
All Game Guide
NBA Street Vol. 2 will not satisfy your cravings for the NBA experience -- both Sega and EA SPORTS already offer the complete package in this department with their respective professional titles. NBA Street is the game to get if you have a casual interest in basketball, are looking for a great four-player title to play with friends or roommates, or if you want a simple diversion in between more serious contests. It's not a title that has you playing for weeks on end, but it will be pulled off the shelf more often than you initially thought, if only to experience the fluid control and opportunity to trash talk opponents while initiating some of the most outlandish moves ever witnessed in a hoops game.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
NBA Street Volume 2 is an amazing game. It shattered my prejudice against sports games and televised sports and planted the seeds of a true appreciation for basketball in my head. I don't know if you'll dive headfirst into b-ball like I did, but I'm sure you'll enjoy the game.
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