Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 9

Sound: 9

Gameplay: 8

Overall: 8.5

nba2kdc1.jpg (32331 bytes)Visual Concepts created a new standard that all sports games will be judged by with NFL 2K. It's hard to believe, but VC has pulled it off again with their attempt at recreating the fast paced style of NBA basketball. This is, simply put, the most brilliant basketball game ever created to date.

Visual Concepts have taken their time once again in the graphics department. Every player is modeled down to the last meticulous detail. Tattoos, armbands, goggles, socks, and hairstyles are only the beginning. Players talk and tie shoes on the sidelines, coaches pace up and down the floor, people eat and drink in the crowd, plus they'll leave their seats if your season isn't going well.

The menus will seem instantly familiar to NFL 2K worshippers, but upon further inspection, it becomes obvious that Visual Concepts has added a bunch of new features to increase the replay value. The create-a-player mode is beefed up to unparalleled levels, even better than some of today's wrestling games that are known for this feature. Fully customizable seasons are available, but the lack of a franchise mode is a disappointment.

On court gameplay is fast-paced, challenging, and realistic. Scores and stats never seem over the top, though blocks occasionally get a little out of hand. You're almost required to set up and run plays to get your offense moving. Still, it's accessible to even a novice as the difficulty levels have been adjusted properly.

nba2kdc2.jpg (25390 bytes)Dual commentators provide play-by-play of the on court action with uncanny accuracy. A P.A. announcer will introduce the starters combined with a spectacular light show. Crowd chants and stadium music heighten the feeling of "being there."

A few factors do keep the game from being flawless. The free throw control which uses the analog L & R buttons can seem frustrating at first, but once it's mastered, you'll never miss. Dunks can occur a bit too frequently and some players, such as current dunk champion Brent Barry, lay it up when they're right under the hoop. It's a little too inconsistent.

These few issues just barely detract from the overall package. Those looking for a deep franchise mode might be better off waiting until next year which will hopefully include it. If you can't wait, this will definitely fit the bill and make the wait more tolerable.


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Last updated: Sunday, September 25, 2005 09:53 PM