Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. 71
    If NBA Courtside 2002 would have included a customizable season/player, added a ZONE defense and bumped up the AI a few notches; this could have easily been my favorite basketball game to date.
  2. 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.
  3. While it is fun in short spurts, there are too many issues to make it a first round pick.
  4. 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.
  5. It would have made a much better college game where blaring soundtracks and sparkling animation effects are not as important.
  6. 60
    Not only does the commentary get old after a few games, but Ralph Lawler and Van Earl Wright, who provide the play-by-play commentary, sound eerily alike. The commentary may be accurate and colorful, but it'll be one of the first things you'll turn off when you want to concentrate on gameplay.
  7. [It] isn't a bad game by any stretch, it's just a confused one. Is it a simulation? Is it arcade action? It's both, I guess, but it doesn't do either as well as other games.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User 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 easyi 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 Full Review »
  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 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. Full Review »
  3. 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.