THE GOOD: -Graphics and framerate are smooth -Controls are superb -NBA authenticity (uniforms, arenas) -Customization -Challenging AI (though sometimes too challenging...see below)
THE BAD: -The AI often shoots a very unrealistic 70-80% FGPercentage, even if you play tenacious defense -Limited number of moves and crossovers etc. -The crowd is often very quiet and inanimate (if not unrealistic in appearance) -Commentary gets repetitive
SUMMARY: Lightyears away from NBA Live 2002 in terms of realism. The commentary is also very good, but after a few games, it can get repetitive, and you can often predict what they are going to say before the first word even leaves their mouth. The street mode is also a fun way to escape the confines of a NBA arena, but not exactly NBA Street. If you want a crazy, dunkfest game, this is certainly not your game; you'd be better off with NBA Street or NBA Live 2002. However, if you're a true basketball simulation fan, this game is worth picking up. 4.3/5
When I told my buddies at school that I was going to buy NBA2K2 that night, they called me a stupid moron. They ALL told me that NBA Live 2002 was the best current basketball game. Boy did I prove them wrong. Now, I personally cannot say that NBA 2K2 is better than Live 2002 because I've never played Live, but by the reactions of my friends when they saw NBA 2K2, I'm guessing that NBA 2K2 is the better product.
Wow. This game is loaded. There are many features: Create-A-Player, Create-A-Team, Fantasy Draft, and Customize Rosters plus many more. There's streetball featuring some of the most famous basketball courts around the country like the Cage and Venice Beach. You can also play Season or Franchise which will take forever, but definitely worth it. The game even has hall of famers. The game is great playing against somebody and even better when you have four players. Having a human teammate has an advantage because they know where to set picks and when to go for the...
THE GOOD: gameplay, animation, and franchise are killers to the NBA Live series
THE BAD: shallow create a player option, graphics are cartoony, glitches when shoting free throws
SUMMARY: This game is so amazing that I literally pissed in my pants the first time I played it. I was so suprised that it wasn't anything like the Live series. Past games like NBA Shootout and Inside drive, and In the Zone, copied Live so closely that it felt like the same game by different developers, but then NBA 2K2 comes out and I decide to play it first and what do you know, the game is 10x different than Live, 100x better than Live and the graphics aren't as good though. The game has a good create a player option, but it's no where near the depth of NBA Live 2002's create a player option. Overall this game is the best b-ball game on the market right now and you won't find anything to match it.
THE GOOD: great game play; franchise mode; 2 on 2; custom teams; CPU initiated trades; FUN!!!!
THE BAD: repetitive commentary; can't use custom teams in franchise mode (only season); can't see custom logos until team is made
SUMMARY: The GOOD: Fun, addictive, fast paced with plenty of modes of play. From 2 on 2 street ball to tournament modes with 4,8, or 16 teams. From Franchise to season modes with eith standard or fantasy draft options. With CPU initiated trades even between themselves their is plenty of depth to this game. In franchise mode you have all league office options such as scouting pleyers, watching salary cap when signing players, even has a preseason to get used to new players and an offensive and defensive playbook for plays to be called on the fly.
The Bad :-( Can't use created teams or players in franchise mode. All created players are from The Academy of Art(still trying to find a way to change that). You can't see any of the 10 creatable team logo's until you comp...