Conclusion: I haven’t been a fan of basketball titles since NBA Live on the Genesis, but NBA Inside Drive 2002 has revitalized my love of the game. More than just passing and shooting, NBA Inside Drive 2002 offers real-time play calling that gives you a chance to get a taste of what a real game would be like.
Excerpt: Microsoft is not new to the sports genre. Although they have already published the popular NFL Fever 2002 for the Xbox, Microsoft has spent several years developing sports titles on the PC. While these were not the greatest of titles, the time spent developing the PC titles gave MS a big advantage when moving over to the console versions.
Conclusion: they’re all robots; there’s been no effort to at least spruce things up a little with close shots of the crowd, etc. The same can be said of the cameramen and coaches that are part of the court – they never move. Both combine to convey lifelessness. Where are the mascots? Cheerleaders? The play-by-play and commentary by Kevin Calabro and Marques Johnson is an attempt at injecting life into ID but all it does is come off as, well, crappy.
Excerpt: NBA Inside Drive 2002 marks Microsoft's first attempt at making a dent in a basketball market dominated by the likes of EA and Sega. Unfortunately, Microsoft is going to have to wait another year or so before that will happen, as Inside Drive seems to be a year or so behind what the competition offers.
Excerpt: There's been quite a stir in the video game basketball world as of late; a few weeks ago, it was the release of NBA2k2 for the PS2, and then just this week we saw the arrival of NBA Inside Drive 2002 for the Xbox. High Voltage Software dug themselves a little niche in the PC basketball genre with NBA Inside Drive, delivering an authentic basketball experience for those looking for an alternative to NBA Live.
Conclusion: Well, with NBA Inside Drive 2002 lacking a franchise mode, the game can be an instant turn-off for some. However, besides not having a franchise mode and some minor gameplay gripes, NBA Inside Drive 2002 is good at everything else. The game provides fast, enjoyable basketball that can put all the excitement of the NBA at your disposal. A very challenging game with the computer constantly hitting clutch shots when the game is on the line.
Summary: "Certain players who have racked up a number of points in the game show up with special icons underneath them to show that they are running a "Hot Streak" while other icons such as "Hot shooter", "Star Player" and others are show to give you an indication of who are your best players on the court" "I have to say I was surprised how good the sound is in Inside Drive, this is the first time in probably 2 years that I have been impressed by how good commentary can be in a...
Pros: Great Fun, Cool Multiplayer Modes, Good Management Options, Some great graphics
Cons: Slight dodgy framerate sometimes, Too many fouls, Dodgy computer AI