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  • Summary: Despite the fact that it's a solid first-year effort, Courtside 2002 isn't without its flaws and is generally a step behind more seasoned competing products.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. It does suffer from some of the same issues that original game had. Namely, the disjointed steal and alley oops, and the lack of visual or aural character that comprises the NBA.
  2. 80
    Features large, crisp player models with smooth animations. For once, the crowd in a basketball game looks halfway decent, and the bench players are full polygonal models.
  3. With great sim style and arcade jams, NBA Courtside 2002 nets the best of both worlds. [Feb 2002, p.148]
  4. There are match-ups and inconsistencies with the real NBA that are simply unacceptable and frustrating, especially when certain players successfully dunk numerous times when their real-life counterparts wouldn’t even dare to attempt such.
  5. We can't help but feel that videogames should be exciting and exhilarating to play rather than have the slightly plodding pace that this game offers.
  6. The lack of options is a real bummer, as there isn’t much that will keep you entertained, other than the impressively large NBA season mode.
  7. While the graphics are the best ever seen in a basketball title, they’re not enough to keep a title weighed down by horrible gameplay and sound afloat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Nov 2, 2011
    10
    i had to do something to make justice for this game as it is the most entertaining nba game ive ever played, its pure arcade with an easy control PURE FUN!!! i cant remember how many full season ive played.............of course is nowhere near perfect but trust me this game is so much fun, play it in your dolphin emu and will see Expand
  2. MatiasP.
    Dec 26, 2003
    9
    My second basketball game ever, so I can't compare this to others, but I like this game damn much. Controls can feel awful at the beginning, but when you learn to play, you can like them. Expand
  3. TimL.
    Feb 27, 2002
    7
    Entertaining and fun. But easy to block and dunk in arcade mode. And in simulation, it's hard to stop lob passes and dunks. Weak computer defense. Expand
  4. MichaelJ.
    Nov 17, 2002
    5
    The AI leaves such an open lane and has such bad physics that Eric Snow can dribble past everyone and dunk.
  5. ReganW.
    Aug 16, 2002
    4
    They honest-to-God forgot to allow for defense. This game just sucks compared to NBA 2k1 on the dreamcast.

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