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72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 82
    A good franchise mode and a stellar create-a-player option, but little in the way of new gameplay. The lack of online functionality hurts.
  2. Still lacks some of the finer details of the sport as well as some features that are being offered by the competition, most notably online play.
  3. Perfect for stat junkies who like the RPG element of the create-a-player feature. Casual basketball gamers might want to look elsewhere as the gameplay could use a few tweaks.
  4. A year later, the series has packed on a couple of off season pounds, and gets left in the dust. [Nov 2002, p.142]
  5. 83
    Despite the beefed up single-player game, Drive's lack of online play keeps it from taking top honors from "Sega Sports' NBA 2K3."
  6. 70
    A slightly better value than 2002 with tweaked gameplay and a few new features. The problem is that the competition has jumped ahead substantially within the same time frame.
  7. I don’t think they're ready to make a playoffs run… this year.
  8. Where NBA Inside Drive hasn’t changed much is in the visual department, and it also lacks Xbox Live support, which is inexcusable from a first-party standpoint.
  9. The graphics are pretty drab and there are some pretty nasty glitches that take it down. [Dec 2002, p.108]
  10. Visually, it can't even begin to compete with the superlative graphics of "2K3" or EA's "Live 2003." [Dec 2002, p.90]
  11. While "Live" is completely redesigned and "NBA 2K3" pushes the online envelope for the Xbox, Inside Drive has, uh..... downloadable shoes. [Jan 2003, p.210]
  12. "NBA 2K3" and even "NBA Live 2003" are better overall choices.
  13. A lackluster release with very few real improvements, not healthy innovation or genre-busting action.
  14. A slight update of a decent game but with other similar titles making significant additions to their gameplay itís in danger of stagnating.
  15. An excellent game, but needs some polish to catch up to "NBA 2K3" and "NBA Live 2003."
  16. Simply put, there is no reason to buy this game when there are two other superior basketball games on the Xbox.
  17. The animation transitions are sloppy, and the A.I. is lacking on both sides of the ball. The controls are simply too slow to respond to your input, as well. [Winter 2002, p.99]
  18. 58
    A complete lack of newness. [Feb 2003, p.47]
  19. No matter what anyone tells you, Inside Drive 2003 is NOT the same game as last year. With the addition of sliders, how can you honestly say it's the same game??
  20. The new addition of the lengthy franchise mode along with the addicting create-a-player portion of the game certainly makes the game more enjoyable.
  21. A totally different game from the original. It doesn't matter how similar the gameplay of both versions is, it's the little (and big) additions like a Dynasty Mode and a Create-A-Player feature that makes the titles a pole apart.

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