Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 52
  2. Negative: 2 out of 52
  1. The amount of detail displayed by the player models will simply astound you. Players look exactly like themselves from head to toe.
  2. The amount of detail displayed by the player models will simply astound you. Players look exactly like themselves from head to toe.
  3. Incredible graphics drive NBA 2002 Inside Drive through the Xbox lane for a power slam.
  4. 93
    Incredible graphics drive NBA 2002 Inside Drive through the Xbox lane for a power slam.
  5. Looks and plays sort of how I envisioned a meld of "NBA Live" and "NBA2k2."
  6. 90
    Looks and plays sort of how I envisioned a meld of "NBA Live" and "NBA2k2."
  7. Once you've played a while, and realize that a full franchise mode is missing, along with create-a-player and free agency trades, you'll realize that Drive didn't drive hard enough to compete with 2K2 or Live.
  8. 90
    Once you've played a while, and realize that a full franchise mode is missing, along with create-a-player and free agency trades, you'll realize that Drive didn't drive hard enough to compete with 2K2 or Live.
  9. 87
    I was pleasantly surprised at how well Inside Drive played basketball and the authenticity of the coaching options and implementation was very impressive.
  10. A very challenging game with the computer constantly hitting clutch shots when the game is on the line.
  11. With most sports games, the only real distinguishing feature with any of them is the graphics engines and the ease of play, and NBA Inside Drive 2002 has that in spades.
  12. 87
    I was pleasantly surprised at how well Inside Drive played basketball and the authenticity of the coaching options and implementation was very impressive.
  13. 87
    A very challenging game with the computer constantly hitting clutch shots when the game is on the line.
  14. 87
    With most sports games, the only real distinguishing feature with any of them is the graphics engines and the ease of play, and NBA Inside Drive 2002 has that in spades.
  15. Holy first-party sports title, Batman! This game is actually good!
  16. 86
    Holy first-party sports title, Batman! This game is actually good!
  17. Simple, with a tight design, this title is well worth playing.
  18. 85
    Simple, with a tight design, this title is well worth playing.
  19. Whether you play 1-on-1, 2-on-2, or 1-on-3, the multiplayer support is where you will really have fun, and trash talking takes on a life of its own.
  20. Whether you play 1-on-1, 2-on-2, or 1-on-3, the multiplayer support is where you will really have fun, and trash talking takes on a life of its own.
  21. 83
    May not be as flashy graphically as "Live 2002," nor as polished technically as "NBA2k2," but it stands a solid middle ground between the two as an enjoyable game.
  22. 83
    May not be as flashy graphically as "Live 2002," nor as polished technically as "NBA2k2," but it stands a solid middle ground between the two as an enjoyable game.
  23. More than starting out on the right foot, I think NBA Inside Drive runs away with rookie of the year and is among the top console basketball games available.
  24. 83
    More than starting out on the right foot, I think NBA Inside Drive runs away with rookie of the year and is among the top console basketball games available.
  25. The flaws of motion capture as well as lack of system link may keep a few hard core gamers away from the title but if you’re after a change from the "NBA Live" series from EA Sports or just after a decent basketball sim then this is well worth a look.
  26. 80
    The flaws of motion capture as well as lack of system link may keep a few hard core gamers away from the title but if you’re after a change from the "NBA Live" series from EA Sports or just after a decent basketball sim then this is well worth a look.
  27. Despite a wide array of team-specific offensive plays, you can't call specific defensive formations and the new zone defense that was legalized in the NBA this year is nowhere to be found. [Apr 2002, p.79]
  28. Despite a wide array of team-specific offensive plays, you can't call specific defensive formations and the new zone defense that was legalized in the NBA this year is nowhere to be found. [Apr 2002, p.79]
  29. Amazingly, some shots of the ball, like on a foul shot, you can even see the individual dimples in the ball. Unfortunately, though, the only "people" in the game that aren't very well done are the fans in the stands.
  30. Amazingly, some shots of the ball, like on a foul shot, you can even see the individual dimples in the ball. Unfortunately, though, the only "people" in the game that aren't very well done are the fans in the stands.
  31. Graphically Inside Drive is outstanding...Where the game fails is in the smooth transition of the ball up and down the court. The ball physics take a backseat to the look of the game.
  32. 75
    Graphically Inside Drive is outstanding...Where the game fails is in the smooth transition of the ball up and down the court. The ball physics take a backseat to the look of the game.
  33. While this hectic pace isn't realistic, it does make your palms sweat. [Apr 2002, p.143]
  34. 75
    While this hectic pace isn't realistic, it does make your palms sweat. [Apr 2002, p.143]
  35. A rookie with solid fundamentals. [Apr 2002, p.82]
  36. 73
    A rookie with solid fundamentals. [Apr 2002, p.82]
  37. Just about manages to deliver the goods. If you’re after a solid simulation of the sport of basketball then you could do a great deal worse than this.
  38. It became apparent to me after thorough play-time that Microsoft fell short with this title.
  39. 70
    It became apparent to me after thorough play-time that Microsoft fell short with this title.
  40. 70
    Just about manages to deliver the goods. If you’re after a solid simulation of the sport of basketball then you could do a great deal worse than this.
  41. The AI - it ain't great. Computer players don't react much like their real-life counterparts and don't often run convincing plays. The only real sign of intellect at work is towards the end of the game, when the CPU will intentionally foul or bomb three pointers if it's losing.
  42. 67
    The AI - it ain't great. Computer players don't react much like their real-life counterparts and don't often run convincing plays. The only real sign of intellect at work is towards the end of the game, when the CPU will intentionally foul or bomb three pointers if it's losing.
  43. It has all the necessary fundamentals intact, but a general lack of polish and a long list of annoying quirks make it difficult to recommend.
  44. 62
    It has all the necessary fundamentals intact, but a general lack of polish and a long list of annoying quirks make it difficult to recommend.
  45. The AI in Inside Drive is AWOL. [Spring 2002, p.91]
  46. The AI in Inside Drive is AWOL. [Spring 2002, p.91]
  47. 60
    The two-man commentary is frequent, but Marques Johnson’s color jabber starts out funny only to get downright stupid fast.
  48. Obviously, the full season is the mode most fans will run for, but the other modes are the icing on the cake that keep you coming back for more after you've won the championship, and their absence here is disappointing.
  49. 60
    The two-man commentary is frequent, but Marques Johnson’s color jabber starts out funny only to get downright stupid fast.
  50. 60
    Obviously, the full season is the mode most fans will run for, but the other modes are the icing on the cake that keep you coming back for more after you've won the championship, and their absence here is disappointing.
  51. 40
    The problem with the Xbox version is that the defensive AI is atrocious.
  52. 40
    The problem with the Xbox version is that the defensive AI is atrocious.
User Score
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. SalamarJ.
    Jun 12, 2002
    10
    They call jump shots "jimmies" and when you get tired, your player humps over and can't make it up or down the court. Do this with aThey call jump shots "jimmies" and when you get tired, your player humps over and can't make it up or down the court. Do this with a funny looking guy like patrick ewing, and you'll be laughing for hours. Full Review »
  2. AliB.
    Mar 19, 2002
    9
    It has awesome graphics and the players are so real. It is like u are really playing it in real like. In other words this game is the 2nd It has awesome graphics and the players are so real. It is like u are really playing it in real like. In other words this game is the 2nd best I've played so far. P.S.- Some games like fuzion frenzy and nightcaster are terrible!!!!!! Full Review »