Pin It
Favorite

Game Review 

By Marty Demarest


I'll be the first to admit that most sports videogames are either love-them-or-hate-them affairs. Sure they have television-quality graphics, with every league player and statistic accounted for, and the option to manage a team for longer than a virtual lifespan, but unless you love the sport in question, you'll eventually end up wondering what it has to do with video games at all.


Well, EA Sports BIG is a company that has increasingly started to remedy that situation. Their games actually play like video games first and sports simulations second. Under the trappings of NBA Street Vol. 2 is a fast-to-learn, addicting-as-hell video game. While the game is about three-on-three playground basketball, what's really happening is more like a sophisticated, lightning-quick fighting game with some flair. Instead of trading blows, players shoot hoops. But the dynamics of this game rest not in the rules of basketball -- those are pretty much automatically enacted for you -- but in the timing and attitude with which you can execute your moves. It even makes defense fun to play.


The Playstation 2 version of NBA Street Vol. 2, while having the worst graphics of the group, is best designed for some of the game's moves, although the controllers on both the Xbox and GameCube work reasonably well. After learning how to control the action in the training mode and a few games, players can begin to unlock the loads of special features hidden in the game. Every victory awards points that players can use to purchase jerseys, unlock hidden players and gain access to a number of different courts. In addition to creating their own players and improving their skills in-game, players can also make teams with the game's prefabricated characters, or assemble a team of NBA greats both past and present (one of the game's best features is the ability to earn an all-MJ team).


Every player has unique moves that need to be discovered, but the most versatile way to personalize NBA Street Vol. 2 is to jump in and start coming up with a unique way of playing. Whether it favors bouncing the ball off of your defender's head, or rocketing upward to block some impossible-looking shots, this game is all about style and action. Forget basketball -- this is fun.





Publication date: 05/22/03

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Bridging the Gap
  • Bridging the Gap

    Bridge Avenue stands as the dividing line between the swanky Kendall Yards and impoverished West Central. Is that about to change?
    • Sep 29, 2016
  • Rematch
  • Rematch

    Once again, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Joe Pakootas face off for her seat in Congress. Here are some ways they differ
    • Sep 29, 2016
  • Hail to the Chief (Again)
  • Hail to the Chief (Again)

    Craig Meidl again gets the nod from Mayor Condon; plus, a WSU football player in Domino's brawl won't be charged
    • Sep 29, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science

Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science @ Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 6

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • To Kill the Black Snake

    Historic all-tribes protest at Standing Rock is meant to stop the destruction of the earth for all
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • Murrow's Nightmare

    Debate moderators need to be much more than an onstage prop to make our democracy work
    • Sep 15, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

election 2016


Briefs


trail mix


green zone


marijuana


Readers also liked…

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation