Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic 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. It's a pretty rocking title that can hang with the b-ball big boys. [Mar 2002, p.80]
  3. With great sim style and arcade jams, NBA Courtside 2002 nets the best of both worlds. [Feb 2002, p.148]
  4. The arcade mode isn't arcade enough, the practice mode is a no-brainer, and the 3-point mode is wickedly easy. Still, it's the first basketball game for the Game Cube, and right now it's also one of the better looking ones.
  5. 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.
  6. Another cool feature is the adrenaline button, which lets you control the intensity of your special moves and dunks. [Mar 2002, p.140]
  7. 77
    Even on the hard difficulty setting the AI is only a second from making a mistake that leaves the lane wide open for a monster slam. Shooting the three is not as easy because of the percentages, however, depending on the player, this can be exploited against the computer in a big way.
  8. Solid in terms of gameplay and spectacular in the graphics department. However, the problems with its AI, the lack of zone defenses, the control issues, and the generally bland presentation keep it from achieving hoops simulation greatness.
  9. 75
    Computer AI, control issues, odd animations, and other things begin to wear on the experience. It's certainly not a bad basketball game, but it's definitely not as good as some others on the market.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. While it is fun in short spurts, there are too many issues to make it a first round pick.
  14. 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.
  15. It would have made a much better college game where blaring soundtracks and sparkling animation effects are not as important.
  16. 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.
  17. [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.
  18. 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.
User Score

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
    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 Full Review »
  2. MatiasP.
    Dec 26, 2003
    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
    The AI leaves such an open lane and has such bad physics that Eric Snow can dribble past everyone and dunk.