NBA Courtside 2: Featuring Kobe Bryant
It's funny, when it comes to basketball sims, nothing has changed on the N64. Live 2000 and Courtside 2 are still the best the system has to offer. The question remains however, which is better? For starters if you're a Courtside fan, you'll be happy to hear they've fixed the annoying dribble problem. You can drive aggressively without unwillingly picking up your dribble at the slightest contact. Now that the lane is open you're free to take advantage of the excellent special moves. Cross-over dribbles back-ins, spin combos, etc... They all work quite well, especially when used in the correct way. Unfortunately the momentum of the move will occasionally carry you out of bounds. Still, when all is said and done, I actually like Courtside 2 more than Live 2000. What really sold me is the Create-a-Rookie/Career Mode. I had a blast taking my rookie through a season building up his skills and abilities while keeping the team hot. Courtside 2 has more graphic appeal than Live 2000 as well. The characters are well proportioned, fluid and easy to follow on the court. If anything the atmosphere and play-by-play could be more exciting. The crowd noise is muted and the color commentary repeats the same phrases too much. That's one area where Live 2000 is better but overall, Courtside 2 is great.
Fans of the original will not be disappointed with the second installment of this hoops sim. Gameplay is smooth and presentation is topnotch. Create-A-Player is awesome, as your new player will beef up his stats according to your gameplay. Drop some sweet passes and watch your passing attribute improve. Bury a couple treys and shooting gets a boost. A small quibble is the length of some of the motion-capture sequences.
There are hip things going down in NBA Courtside 2. The players move really smoothly and I got the sense that Kevin Garnett and his gangly limbs were actually out there on the court. The special moves are a nice touch, but they simply take too long to happen. The rims are way too tight and rebounds really jump off. The Create-A-Player is the real catch but why can't I put white skin on my created player? An all right game, but I like NBA Live 2000 a bit more.
The first NBACourtside was an extremely solid game, and the sequel is even better. They fixed the main gameplay problem (the inability to drive the lane effectively), and they've made improvements in just about every other area as well. Personally, I love the Practice Mode--it's a great feature that every fa-ball game should have. Even the Arcade Mode--which is usually an afterthought in a game like this--is great fun. The best N64 hoops game.
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Very playable basketball game with excellent controls, fully customisable camera and a Player Creation mode.
Despite the disappointing In The Zone '98, there's still hope for N64 hoops fans (even if it comes practically at the end of the season) as Nintendo preps the promising NBA Courtside for a late April release. A five-on-five b-ball game, Courtside will take it to the hole with all the pro teams and most of the players, as well as motion-captured polygonal graphics. In addition to the standard lineup of steals, dunks, and the like, Nintendo's planning to add lots of special moves controlled directly by the gamer, including behind-the-back passes, two-handed dunks, spins, posting up, and more. Finally, Sonics announcer Vic Orlando will call the game, and Courtside will support the Rumble Pak to jack up the intensity of dunks and on-court collisions.