What's the deal?
We may sound like a broken record when we say, "It's the first [insert sport here! to have online play for a console!" when we talk about Sega's sports games, but that's exactly what NBA 2K1 delivers. "Almost everyone who has tried the game online can barely detect a difference with offline play," says Visual Concepts' Rustin Lee. "Our game will not 'chug' unless your connection is horrible."
You might want to make sure you have some choice bandwidth because if NBA 2Ki's newfound depth pans out, you'll be burning up the phone lines while you learn the intricacies of the game. A new low-post game will let you bump, grind and drop step to the basket, while the refined passing system should help fast-breaks and halfcourt offenses operate more realistically. "We take pride in capturing the subtle nuances of the NBA that fans have grown to love about it," says Lee. We reckon fans'll grow to love NBA 2K1, too.
So why is it a must-get game?
The original NBA 2K had its flaws but showed immense potential as a next-generation basketball game. Just a modest amount of hoops time with the sequel online convinced us that this would not only be a novel online game to have, but a great hoops simulation as well.