Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
Buy On
  1. 88
    The best NBA sim available on the Xbox, getting the nod over Inside Drive.
  2. Thanks to the street-ball mode, it's like there are two games in one--the graphics are on par with most any basketball game on the market, and the gameplay is tight and intuitive.
  3. Game Informer
    Xbox 2K2 got the cosmetic makeover the PS2 version sorely needed. [Mar 2002, p.83]
  4. A franchise mode, season mode, exhibition, playoffs, and even a deep street mode that could be a game all to itself, round out the massive game that is NBA 2k2.
  5. 100
    EA's "NBA Live" has better character models and Microsoft's "Inside Drive" has the best-looking arenas, but Segas NBA 2K2 is the complete package for basketball on the Xbox.
  6. The crowd doesn't just scream the entire game, it cheers louder when the home team is winning on on a run and less if they are not.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine
    This game has it all – great gameplay, tons of depth, awesome AI, and plenty of gameplay sets the standard for all future basketball games. [Apr 2002, p.78]
  8. Play Magazine
    Impossible to put down. [Mar 2002, p.46]
  9. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    This is the best hoops game I've ever played. [Apr 2002, p.141]
  10. Flows like silk. The action is fast paced and high scoring.
  11. Perhaps the most impressive part of NBA2k2’s presentation is not the graphics, sumptuous as they are, but the audio. The commentary in this game is wonderful, the best in any sports game to put it simply.
  12. The most well-rounded simulation in this highly-competitive genre.
  13. It's the best, most well-rounded basketball game out there, and soars above the competitors.
  14. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Sega Sports has gone back to tweak the intricacies of the series' already stellar gameplay, making it even hotter than its Dreamcast and PS2 counterparts. We're talking tamale on the sun here, folks. [Spring 2002, p.88]
  15. Visual Concepts has started their series on the Xbox in outstanding fashion. If you are looking for the best the series has to offer, I suggest you go out and get this game.
  16. An average basketball game...All in all, Visual Concepts didn't really push the bar too much as they've done in previous versions.
  17. Exquisite...By far the best basketball game available on the Xbox.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. JonnyJ.
    Mar 28, 2003
    Its the best game. I can't wait till 2k3 and 2k4.
  2. JavierV.
    Jun 7, 2002
    This game is hot. This is a must buy for every hoops fan who owns XBOX. Best B-Ball game in the market.