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DreamcastGaming Age (Nov 19, 2001)
There's no two ways about it folks: NBA 2K2 is the best-playing basketball game on the planet. Visual Concepts have done a fine job with the Dreamcast, and this title is a fitting tribute to the little white console that didn't get all the respect it deserved. If you like basketball and own a DC, you can do no better. If you like basketball and own a PS2, spend the $50 to get a marked-down DC and pick up this game - it wipes the floor with EA's NBA Live 2002 on PS2. Alternatively, you could just wait for Sega to release NBA 2K2 on PS2 in the next couple of months. No matter how you get your paws on it, there's no better simulation basketball title available than NBA 2K2.
DreamcastGamePro (US) (Oct 23, 2001)
Regardless of these small annoyances, NBA 2K2 rectifies all other gripes about the previous two incarnations and officially achieves top ranking in its field. One more good reason to hold on to your Dreamcast a little longer.
XboxGamePro (US) (Feb 25, 2002)
Sega keeps the ball firmly in its court, and NBA 2K2 stakes its claim as the best basketball game on the Xbox.
DreamcastGameSpot (Oct 25, 2001)
Ask fans of sports video games, and most will generally agree that basketball is the toughest sport to simulate. The evidence is in the myriad of NBA and college hoops games that have been released throughout the years--there have been quite a few poor efforts. However, of any hoops game to date, NBA 2K2 comes the closest to simulating the actual strategy, player tendencies, and general look and feel of the NBA game. The improvements in the game, although subtle on the surface, are substantial for serious fans of the NBA.
DreamcastIGN (Nov 02, 2001)
Finally, the commentary isn't great; it pales in comparison to the lively commentary found in NFL 2K2. But these minor gripes are stated because there's nothing really wrong with the game, and considering the competition - or should I say, lack of competition - NBA 2K2 is one of the most complete sports games on any platform. Although the PS2 version is on its way (and looking to be even MORE impressive than the Dreamcast version), there's no reason why you should wait to play the best basketball video game yet.
XboxGame Informer Magazine (Mar, 2002)
Out of 2002’s assortment of basketball games, NBA 2K2 is the only title that stands out as something extraordinary. Along with the incredibly accurate play mechanics and top-rate Franchise mode, the Xbox version is equipped with improved graphics and smoother player movement.
DreamcastConsoles Plus (Jan, 2002)
Une grande et belle simulation à la durée de vie remarquable. Les puristes seront comblés et les novices conquis.
DreamcastGaming Target (Nov 25, 2001)
While many will pass 2K2 off as just a rehash of last year, the fact is between the lines, there is more new than anyone can tell from the surface. You know the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover”? NBA 2K2 fits that saying to a tee. Now the only question is; how much better will this game get on the other consoles? Until then, give NBA 2K2 a play if you have a DC. It’ll keep you going for quite a while.
DreamcastThe Video Game Critic (Dec 22, 2001)
I should also mention that I've detected occasional graphic flaws you wouldn't expect from a third-generation game. Shots from behind the backboard sometimes pass through the backboard, and some shots change their arc ever so slightly in mid-air. And let's not forget the goofy foul-shooting system that once again rears its ugly head. NBA 2K2 is only a miniscule step forward, and only serious basketball fans should feel obligated to trade up.
DreamcastPower Unlimited (Apr, 2002)
Sega komt met een aantal subtiele veranderingen in de gameplay. Zo zal je speler nu daarwerkelijk in de baan van een pass springen om de bal te onderscheppen. Ook de animatie van de spelers ziet er net even beter uit. Plus de modes zijn aangepast of uitgebreid. Je hebt nu de Franchise Mode, een Tourney (met verschillende mensen een toernooi houden) mode en een Street mode. Met deze verschillende modes heb je daadwerkelijk controle over wat er met je speler gebeurt.
GameCubeGaming Age (Apr 18, 2002)
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.
XboxGaming Age (Mar 22, 2002)
Microsoft really has their work cut out for them. Sega and Visual Concepts have marked their territory in the Xbox basketball department, and it looks like they won't be beaten for some time to come.
PlayStation 2GameSpot (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.
90 (Sep 20, 2009)
Mit NBA 2K2 hat Visual Concepts mal wieder ein herausragendes Basketballspiel und einen würdigen Nachfolger zu NBA 2K geschaffen. Selbst wenn man den Vorgänger intensiv gespielt hat, wird einem hier durch den realistischeren Spielverlauf eine neue Herausforderung geboten. Die weiteren Neuerungen sind zwar nicht ganz so innovativ aber trotzdem eine nette Dreingabe. Technik und Gameplay sind sowieso wieder aller erste Sahne und garantieren spannende Partien mit perfekter NBA-Atmosphäre, so dass man die GD immer wieder in die Dreamcast legt, wenn auch nicht unbedingt lange am Stück. Denn bei keinem anderen Sportspiel (Sportart) hat man seine Züge wohl so perfekt unter Kontrolle wie hier. Wenn man in den letzten Sekunden das Match dann noch durch einen Korb entscheidet, ist das einfach ein irres Feeling. Wer sich also schon an NBA 2K erfreute, kann auch hier bedenkenlos zugreifen!
DreamcastGameSpy (Nov 04, 2001)
Sega Sports NBA 2k2 is a very strong title, and one that any Dreamcast owner should be proud to own.
XboxGame Informer Magazine (Mar, 2002)
Whew. Now that I got that out of my system, back to the praise. I love Franchise mode. Your players' attributes change depending on performance. This is the only game where the AI schools me if I'm not careful. It feels more like real basketball in a way I can't explain. While it's a little late in coming, this is the superior version of the superior series.
DreamcastGame Vortex (Sep 03, 2002)
I may have been very critical of the little things in NBA 2K2, but that's only because I believe it's one of the best basketball sims of the year. I picked at the little things because that was all there was to critique. Nonetheless, get out and buy this game!
DreamcastPlanet Dreamcast (Oct 31, 2001)
Visual Concepts is truly a great friend to Sega and the Dreamcast. While other developers were jumping ship, and porting their games to other next generation consoles, VC stood its ground with the Dreamcast and showed its loyalty. It was there when the Dreamcast was launched, and it is here now as the Dreamcast dies. Sega Sports NBA 2k2 is a very strong title, and one that any Dreamcast owner should be proud to own. If a game by Visual Concepts can look this good on an "inferior" system like the Dreamcast, I'm willing to bet that VC's products on the more "powerful" next-generation consoles will be utterly jaw-dropping and breathtaking. Thank you, Visual Concepts for supporting the Dreamcast even in these tough times, and for providing us loyal gamers with some great titles to remember the system by.
DreamcastGamekult (Mar 08, 2002)
Sans faire de "tape à l'oeil", NBA 2K2 surclasse de très loin tous ses rivaux sur Dreamcast. Gageons d'ailleurs que rien de mieux ne sera malheureusement jamais fait sur cette superbe machine en terme de simulation de basket et qu'il paraît essentiel de se procurer un tel titre en cette période de disette. En se servant des acquis de l'épisode précédent et en améliorant solidement et discrètement une jouabilité déjà quasi parfaite, le jeu de Sega s'empare du titre prestigieux de référence du genre. On regrettera tout de même qu'en Europe, le mode online soit passé à la trappe, mais malgré cela il ne fait aucun doute que le titre restera un incontournable et que ce véritable temple dédié au ballon orange a déjà son billet de réservé dans le Hall of Fame.
PlayStation 2GameZone (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.
PlayStation 2GamePro (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.
PlayStation 2PSX 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.
GameCubeGamePro (US) (Mar 20, 2002)
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.
XboxThunderbolt Games (May 18, 2003)
The main thing that propels NBA 2K2 above all other basketball games is the gameplay. No other title has ever come closer to capturing the ebb and flow of NBA basketball so perfectly. Everything from battling for position in the paint to dropping three pointers just feels right. The crossovers and spin moves are balanced well, as they can be used to get around weak defenders, but can lead to turnovers when used to get around the NBA's better stoppers.
XboxGameSpot (Feb 26, 2002)
No matter how you like your hoops games, NBA 2K2 is the best basketball game available for the Xbox. Thanks to the street-ball mode, it's like there are two games in one--the graphics are on par with most any basketball game on the market, and the gameplay is tight and intuitive. There are still a few issues for Visual Concepts to iron out for next year, but when it does, the NBA 2K series will be hard to top.
XboxIGN (Feb 26, 2002)
I enjoy NBA 2K2 mainly because it won my heart a few years ago as the NBA sim of choice and this latest version on Xbox is the best VC hoop game out there. The established animation-physics system and tough-as-nails AI have kept millions of gamers locked to their TVs for hours at a time always playing “just one more” and I’m one of them. On the Xbox, the game looks better than ever and plays the same as I remember from Dreamcast.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Mar, 2002)
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.
GameCube64 Power / big.N / N Games (Apr, 2002)
Unterm Strich ist NBA 2K2 die bislang ausgereifteste Basketballsimulation, die aber bestimmt noch besser werden kann!
PlayStation 2Game 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).
GameCubeGame Freaks 365 (2002)
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).
GameCubeGameSpot (Mar 19, 2002)
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.
GameCubeIGN (Mar 20, 2002)
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.
85 (Nov 15, 2003)
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!
85 (Mar 08, 2002)
L'achat de NBA 2K2 s'impose de lui-même si vous êtes amateur de simulations sportives. Ceux qui posséderaient l'édition précédente trouveront là un soft encore plus abouti, mais qui ne comporte peut-être pas suffisamment de nouveautés pour justifier un nouvel investissement. Reste que NBA 2K2 est certainement la simulation de basket la plus prestigieuse, tous supports confondus.
XboxSports Gaming Network (Mar 05, 2002)
All in all, Visual Concepts didn't really push the bar too much as they've done in previous versions. Sega Sports NBA 2K2 is still an enjoyable game to play, although it seems if Visual Concepts had a few more months, it could have been that much better.
PlayStation 2Operation 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.