Excerpt: NCAA Gamebreaker 2003 flirted with this idea with it’s Coaching Career Mode, which had wanna-be head coaches working their way through the ranks of Podunk Community College in an effort to finally end up as the Head Coach of a National Champion. NBA Shootout 2003 has taken that idea off the bench and put it on the hardwood. The Career Mode has all the bells and whistles of a traditional season mode but they have added the individual.
Excerpt: It’s that time of year again, sports fans…The time when the boys of summer retire to the south for the winter, when the men on turf prepare to dig into frozen tundra, and lords of ice dig in their blades for a few more hard hits. It’s also the time when men take to the air, suspended gracefully in midair before gliding back to earth.
Excerpt: NBA ShootOut 2003 is a good looking game, but isn't perfect by any means. 989 Sports did a wonderful job rendering all the arenas, as well as coming up with good looking player models for the NBA players. However, one issue I have with the graphics for ShootOut 2003 (along with most 989 Sports games) is that the animations don't look as fluid as I've seen in most games.
Excerpt: NBA ShootOut 2003 is an appropriate name for this 989 Sports basketball game because like an NBA All Star game, it provides a lot of offensive fireworks and leaves defense as an afterthought. In fact, playing on defense consists of trying to keep a man between the ball handler and the basket and trying to steal the ball.
Excerpt: 989 Sports has returned with their version of 2003 basketball and attempts to make itself a standing competitor in the ongoing rival of top sports company. The game was released before NBA Live 2003 and NBA 2K3; however, it seems to leave a lot to be desired in overall hard-court action. The game does provide some in-depth features, and introduces a couple new modes into the game, but still comes up short in the definitive choice for basketball title.
Excerpt: 989 Sports has developed some pretty terrible games lately. However, after realizing this, they have sought to correct all of their mistakes and only produce AAA sports titles. This year they continue their campaign in releasing NBA ShootOut 2003. While it doesnâ€™t completely fall flat on the ground, it fails to compete with NBA Live and NBA 2K.
Excerpt: In the never-ending battle for sports gaming supremacy, the key players every year try to raise the bar a little bit higher then the competition. When this year’s crop of basketball titles was set to hit the shelf, fanboys on message boards everywhere started the heated Sega vs. EA debate. What people forgot was that 989 has been in the basketball game for a few years now, and they would want their spot in the sun too.