Conclusion: The Inside Drive series has made good efforts in keeping up with the competition over the past couple years, but it seems to have fallen a bit short at making the yearly strides that the other big titles have continued to make. The series is still young, and we can bet that Microsoft will continue to pour its vast resources into the development of their sports series, including Inside Drive.
Excerpt: NBA Inside Drive 2004 brings great traits to the table with impeccable on-line game support. Unfortunately, something I found to be lacking in most of these new sports games Microsoft has been publishing, is excitement. The game play is slightly rough but stays a genuine basketball game. Unfortunately, XSN sports has nothing out of the ordinary to offer and once again falls back to its competitors - but it still is a good basketball game.
Excerpt: Are you ready for a game where thugs, rapists, and drug dealers compete to see who is the baddest? How about a realistic game where millions of dollars hang in the balance of a ticking clock and criminals roam free trying to earn their share? That's right, it's the NBA ind it's ready for your Xbox. NBA Inside Drive 2004 brings all the NBA action you could want, complete with XBL support for copious amounts of smack talking. Click here for the full review.
Excerpt: “Inside Drive 2003” is the reason I bought an Xbox again. As a huge basketball fan, and one frustrated with “NBA 2k3” and “NBA Live 2003”, I was looking for a realistic but fun basketball game. I kept hearing people in the forums claim that “Inside Drive 2003” was the most realistic and best hoops game out last year. After reading enough posts about this game I broke down and bought an Xbox and “Inside Drive 2003”.
Excerpt: Continuing to build it�s XSN Sports lineup, Microsoft released the latest revision to the Inside Drive line of NBA games, but a distinct lack of updates help this game blend back into the background when compared to the other major players in the game, EA and Sega.
Excerpt: Xbox developers had to hustle themselves into the narrow market, providing competitive sports titles that would appear on XSN Sports, and not only provide the online experience but also a single-player game that would keep up with the likes of EA and Sega's market domination.
Conclusion: season mode you can choose from different teams and take your team(s) through one season and see if you can win the Championship. The Season mode is basically a Career mode in which you can play up to 25 consecutive seasons, including the draft and player progression, etc. (word has it that this combo will be separated with next year's iteration). Like I mentioned above, the game play engine is solid, but not perfect. There are some noticeable problems with the AI.
Excerpt: Still the newest to the sports genre, Microsoft and their Developer High Voltage Software fell flat on their face in last year's NBA Inside Drive 2004. The game was hardly an upgrade to the prior version and I hated every second I had to play it. However, the developers went back to the drawing board and have released NBA Inside Drive 2004. While it isn't perfect, it is a big upgrade from the 03 version.
Excerpt: With the recent release of NBA Inside Drive 2004, Microsoft is the last of the major sports game publishers to bring its sim-style basketball game to market. The Inside Drive series is relatively young, having gotten its start in 1999 with Inside Drive 2000 for the PC. The series continued on the Xbox in 2002 and has diligently worked to make headway against heavyweight competition from EA and Sega Sports.