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  • Summary: Get off the bench and get inside the ultimate NBA Experience. Tracy McGrady and the rest of the NBA bring an All-Star performance that is so life-like you'll be hitting the showers after you play. A newly designed intuitive control system allows instant playability but offers advanced players a reason to come back. Smarter AI, improved graphics and smooth play put you on the floor with the Starting Five. Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. 80
    With some work on A.I., animations, and a deeper Franchise mode, Konami’s game has a shot at spoiling the establishment’s party next year.
  2. There are far too many flaws for it to compete. [Dec 2002, p.123]
  3. Shows promise, but it's not yet enough to win over serious fans. [Dec 2002, p.52]
  4. Passing is this game's big problem... Otherwise, the flaw that perturbs me most is the lack of special moves. [Dec 2002, p.171]
  5. 40
    The gameplay is outdated. Stuck somewhere between Electronic Arts' "Bulls vs. Lakers" and Sony's original "ShootOut," the simplicity of the mechanics and baffling defensive choices feel as though you're playing a game on your Sega Genesis and not a modern day console.
  6. A horrible train wreck of problems ranging from poor rebounding and passing to inconsistent shooting percentages and a worthless post-up game.
  7. The perfect April Fool's present for people that like to waste fifty bucks (or countless hours of their life) staring at a 'Loading' sign.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JY.
    Mar 21, 2003
  2. JeremyB.
    Apr 8, 2003
    I feel it is very realistic and has almost every thing it needs to be a 10 except its weak post up.

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