• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Feb 19, 2001
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. There are some other beefs, too, such as odd-looking animations that make the players look like they're skating on the court.
  2. The game succeeds in generating some excitement (especially in multi-player mode) and executes well on most levels. Still, if given a choice I'd lean more to "NBA Live 2001," which for the moment, at least, retains its title as the number 1 basketball title to buy.
  3. There are too many nagging problems, from the stuttering animation to the strange, stooped-over look of most of the players, as if they couldn't stand up straight.
  4. With no horrible complaints or exciting highs it is just another basketball game for the PS2.
  5. 989 should just stop with these crummy sports games already. They can't currently compete with the folks at Visual Concepts and EA Sports. If this is next-gen basketball, then I'll stick with the good old days.
  6. The entire game will most likely leave most gamers (not just basketball fans) feeling disgusted.
  7. An enjoyable multiplayer basketball game, but hoops purists might find the lack of strategic play a bit disappointing.
  8. Forget about your outside game--it's next to impossible to sink a trey. And the acid-trip free throw meter will have you wondering what the 989 gang was huffing when they thought it up.
  9. Weak gameplay, graphics, sound and options make NBA ShootOut 2001 an easy pass. Don't bite on this ball fake.
  10. 60
    "NBA Live 2001" and "ESPN NBA 2Night" both should be picked up before you consider getting this title.
  11. If I had to choose I'd say "ESPN NBA 2Night" is better than "NBA Live 2001", which in turn is marginally better than both "ShootOut 2001" and "Final Four."
  12. My suggestion from here on out is that every time you see a 989 sports title sitting on the shelf, whether it's at Best Buy, EB, or even Blockbuster just pretend it's not there.

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