NBA 2K2 - Dreamcast

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Also for: PS2, Xbox
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Sport: Basketball
Arcade origin:No
Developer: SEGA Soft. Co.: SEGA
Publishers: SEGA (GB)
Released: 8 Mar 2002 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Visual Memory Card, Vibration Pack


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When it comes to the big sports titles, it’s natural to think of Electronic Arts, but gamers in the know turn to Sega Sports. Sports games like Virtua Tennis, NFL 2K2, and NHL 2K2 are prime examples of how good sports game can be. With solid and addictive gameplay, NBA 2K2 shines as one of the best basketball games to reach the marketplace in a long time. We expect Sega to become one of the biggest third-party developers and it’s games like this that will help them achieve that.

NBA 2K2 is a game that is both instantly accessible and rich in gameplay depth at the same time. Basketball is a naturally, fast paced and exhilarating sport and this is captured in the game. Players can choose to play as any of the top teams in the NBA league or design their own custom team. Because this is an officially licensed product, all of the players and stadiums are faithfully recreated and look exactly like their real life counterparts.

The computer’s artificial intelligence has been improved to enhance the single player experience and now you can be forgiven for forgetting that you’re playing the CPU. A new 'steal' system has been incorporated into the play mechanics and the low post game has also been enhanced. Using pick-and-roll tactics to lose your man before ripping into the lane and slamming a backboard breaking dunk is always worth watching repeatedly. Street courts are now available, and the stats reflect the very latest developments from the 2002 season.

Bottom line, NBA 2K2 looks and plays amazingly. Even if you normally don’t go for basketball or sports games, play this game for yourself you might end up becoming a fan.