Excerpt: There have been a few touch-ups, such as improved graphics and, for those of you that own a headset, in game voice recognition for calling plays. Hold the L1 button, bark out some orders and watch your players take care of the rest. Alternatively, the d-pad and shoulder buttons can be used to call plays.
Excerpt: 989 Sports has always covered a large number of sports. Baseball, check; football, check; basketball, check; college basketball, check; in all of these sports, 989 has been attempting to catch the competition, primarily EA and Sega. There are some key features in their franchises that keep them entertaining; however, the graphics and computer AI arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t at the same level as the competition.
Conclusion: There are only a few games which come to mind when I think about voice recognition technology, including SOCOM I and II for PS2 and Ghost Recon for Xbox. You can use a USB headset online and offline for both voice chat and calling out plays to your players. If you're playing offline you simply hit the L1 button and you can shout over thirty plays for your players to carry out. You can call for a screen or set up a 2-3 zone defense.
Excerpt: When it comes to games from 989 it's virtually the same thing every year; "Last year's version was bad, but this year it's a little better." In every sport, 989 consistently offers up the worst game year after year. They are certainly aware of this issue and while they are working hard to correct it, they simply aren't getting the job done. NBA Shootout 2004 is just the latest in a long line of games showing that 989 remains a step behind the competition.
Excerpt: Last year's NBA Shootout suffered from inept game play at times, unresponsive controls (Freestyle movement), and mediocre graphics. Does “NBA Shootout 2004” improve upon this?? Read on to find out.
Excerpt: Tracy McGrady, shooting guard for the Orlando Magic, was last year's NBA scoring champion and is widely considered to be one of the top five basketball players in the world. Clearly, an athlete of McGrady's caliber deserves better than to be relegated to coverboy for a poor product like 989 Sports' NBA ShootOut 2004.