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NBA Street Vol.2

Developer: EA Sports | Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1 to 2 Player Game | Release Date: 04/28/03 | Genre: Sports

It's not everyday that I'm excited to open up a new sports game, especially during the month of april. But all that changed when I opened up my brand-spanking new copy of NBA Street vol.2. I will tell you this right now, after playing this game for countless hours by myself and with friends, this game is by far the best game of it's type (sorry Street Hoops ).

First, let's dive into some of the countless brand new features this game has. The first and I think the most important new feature is the 25 new NBA legends that have been added to the game. Guys like Jordan, Bird, Worthy, Chamberlain just to name a few. Second is the ability to pocket your regular gamebreakers and strive to achieve the all new super gamebreaker, which takes away double the points of a regular gamebreaker. Another addition to this already great game is the myriad of new moves given to the player. Moves like Off the Heezay, which lets you pass the ball of your opponent's head (I've had many a good laugh with that one), and Back to Papa, letting you pass the ball of the backboard back to yourself.

While playing the game on all 3 consoles, I noticed that each game looks fantastic. Although the Ps2 version I would say looks the best when viewing it on my 45inch widescreen HD-monitor. The colors look sharper than the x-box version, which looks a little washed out at times.

The game plays smoothly on all platforms, but it begs to question, why can't NBA Live be this smooth? EA managed to use all of the buttons on each controller, but surprisingly they don't hinder the flow of the game at all. You can use each button on the controller and pull off one of the most mind-bending moves you have ever seen in a video game. It's unbelievable. The soundtrack in the game has been completely overhauled. Tracks from the likes of MC-Lyte and others make this game the complete package.

In closing, this game is the best incarnation of streetball I've yet to come across. And I highly suggest you buy it, I don't care what system you have.

By Antoine Byrd - 04/29/03
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