NBA 2K1 Reviews (Dreamcast)

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Critic Reviews

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100 (Mar 12, 2018)
I want to give this game a 10 based on the amount of joy I felt playing it when I was a kid. It is cheap saying this having seen the future, but this game had room to improve. However, even as old as this game is, it still holds its own against other newer incarnations in the series, mainly NBA 2K3 and NBA 2K4.
2K1 features new camera angles for dunks, fancy moves, and street courts never before seen in the series. NBA 2K1 has everything that a basketball junky could ever want, including superior graphics and sound for its time to create the most stellar sports package ever seen on the Dreamcast.
GameSpot (Oct 31, 2000)
In last year's game, Visual Concepts struggled to find the right balance between realism and gameplay. In NBA 2K1, the developers are closer to finding that elusive equilibrium. The game has crisper visuals, smoother textures, fluid animation, realistic and entertaining gameplay, and new modes of play such as franchise, street, and online. Visual Concepts has tweaked and buffed out the annoying gameplay traits that plagued its original hoops game, and the result is a highly polished product. NBA 2K1 has stepped out of the shadows of its football counterpart and shines as a multilayered and entertaining sports game on its own merits.
Da Gameboyz (Jul 08, 2004)
NBA 2K1 is by far the best basketball game I have ever played. Fans of the genre will fall in love with its visuals and loads of options. The street mode and online additions are worth the price of this game alone. Visual concepts have churned out another sure-fire winner that should be very popular with sports fans everywhere. Even as I struggled with NBA 2K1's difficulty I found it very rewarding especially in Street mode. This in turn garners a healthy joystick up from this reviewer. Oh, for those interested you can look for me by the online name of MrBlack2000 or my fellow reviewer The Outcast who goes by the online name of outcast2000. Hope to see you on Sega's online network.
The Video Game Critic (Dec 12, 2000)
Sega missed a few opportunities to improve the presentation. The coaches and bench players are present but rarely seen during the game. And where are the cheerleaders?? I have to admit that the commentary is improved, with more varied and more intelligent color commentary. NBA 2K1 isn't a huge improvement over last year, but it's still the best basketball game out there.
Gaming Age (2000)
All in all, this game has really stepped up and maybe outshines its football equivalent. It didn’t have to sacrifice much on graphics to add the new features, which is nice…oh so nice. Now only if Visual Concepts can go back and improve on the fantasy stuff, like deepening the create-a-player options and such; This would make me a happy camper indeed.
NBA 2K1 could have simply sat back on the laurels earned by its predecessor and offered up minor cosmetic changes and a new roster. Instead, it strove to add new features and modes in order to become the most complete basketball game on the console market and scored a slam-dunk in the process. The addition of teams made up of the best players from the past, combined with a new franchise mode and an opportunity to match your teams up two-on-two in famous street courts, means that NBA 2K1 builds upon a solid foundation of high quality gameplay. Further, Internet play has been introduced, and its streamlined interface and simple mechanics ensure that even net novices will be matching skills across the country with little difficulty. With this offering, Sega’s series ensures its hold on the championship of basketball titles and proves that you can never get too much of a good thing.
Planet Dreamcast (Nov 16, 2000)
So there you have it. Despite the flaws, NBA 2K1 is currently the best basketball game on the market. Of course, we have yet to see EA's offering for the PS2. I will, however, say this: as much as I wish Visual Concepts and Electronic Arts were going head-to-head on one (or even BOTH) systems, the cross-system competition should continue to improve both the Live series and the NBA series. Regardless of where your gaming dollars are spent, as a gamer, how can you lose?
GamePro (US) (Nov 24, 2000)
The game is not perfect, but at the end of the day it's still a very satisfying experience. The franchise mode is fantastic, and the inclusion of the all-time greats, special uniforms, and street courts really pushes NBA 2K1 into primetime territory. The online play has its own nuances that just have to be accepted, but the fact that it works as well as it does is pretty impressive. The DC hoop crown looks to be firmly in the hands of Sega Sports right now.
Game Chronicles (Nov 03, 2000)
SEGA and Visual Concepts have given us a basketball game that leaps ahead of last year's version. Along with all the obligatory improvements you would have expected they have also fixed most of the major issues gamers complained about last year and have even added several new gaming modes to breathe new life into this franchise. It's nice to see a company that actually listens to the feedback of their customers and responds by making quality games like this.
Power Unlimited (Mar, 2001)
NBA2K1 is een basketbalgame van een ongekend hoog niveau. Dreamcast bezitters kunnen hun handjes weer dichtknijpen!
IGN (Nov 07, 2000)
This game can be frustrating unless you play by its rules, which are often far outside the realm of what is physically reasonable. It is a fun basketball game, and makes a lot of advancements in the genre, but still lacks the polish to be the type of revolutionary experience NFL2K1 was for its sport. We'll be happy playing this one, but we can't wait 'til next season, where we'll hopefully find a more enjoyable balance between realism and fun.
86 (Mar 08, 2002)
No cabe duda que con el título de Visual Concepts hay juego para rato, ya sea sólo o en compañía, el mero hecho de disputar aunque sólo sea una temporada os puede mantener entretenidos durante semanas, eso sin contar el curioso modo Street o la posibilidad de convertirnos en mandamás de nuestra propia franquicia.
GamesFirst! (Dec 05, 2000)
While not perfect, NBA 2K1 is still a very satisfying experience. The franchise mode is fantastic, and the inclusion of the all-time greats, special uniforms, and street courts really pushes NBA 2K1 into primetime territory. If you're a basketball fan, there's no question as to whether or not NBA2K1 is worth it, because you probably already have it! While not a huge technological leap from the previous title, the additional modes of play and tweaks help NBA 2K1 evolve into one of the best hoop sims to date.
Gamekult (Feb 02, 2001)
NBA 2K1 ne se contente pas, contrairement à certains, d'une simple remise à niveau des rosters et d'un léger relookage de la version précédente. Proposant un gameplay presque entièrement remanié et des graphismes en nette évolution, le titre de SEGA atteint dans ce nouvel épisode un niveau plus qu'appréciable. Avec un côté simulation très poussé et une volonté de réalisme importante, ce titre s'adressera aux amoureux de la NBA autant qu'au simple amateur de basket traditionnel. Seuls défauts un système défensif un peu trop ardu mais, il faut l'avouer, si on y arrivait trop facilement le plaisir ne serait pas le même. Alors sans hésiter : I love this game.
Back with a year under its belt, NBA 2K1 should prove to be one of the better basketball games this season.