With three basketball games out
for the XBox, I thought I'd check out what all the commotion was about.
Being about as American as buttered scones and afternoon tea, I had to
remind myself that Basketball is a huge sport across the pond. With this
in mind, I was expecting something special from Microsoft to appeal to
Graphic-wise NBA Inside Drive
is awesome, character detail, from team strips down to individual players
faces are nicely done. The game supports Dolby 5.1 as you would hope with
the XBox. In game commentary bring about a nice TV-esque atmosphere, but
can get tiresome after a while. As with many other games (e.g. Knockout
Kings), NBA Inside Drive simply doesn't have to vocabulary to to quite
pull this ambitious task off, but it's still a nice touch.
Major options include, Exhibition,
Season and Playoffs. Exhibition is best if you just want to go play immediately
without having to put to much thought into it. The Season option drops
you into a real league campaign with the team of your choice. The Playoff
mode is much more flexible. You can chop and change any of the teams and
purge players from anyone to have in your own fantasy side.
If you know the rules, (unlike me)
the game is a breeze to get to grips of. The left thumbstick controls the
player around the court with finess and glass-like smoothness. Many of
basketballs signiture moves are present such as the alleypop, halfcourt
shot and slam dunks. In a nutshell, if you dig video-basketball, you're
going to love this game. Even as a fringe fan, I was impressed with what
Microsoft have done with NBA Inside Drive both in terms of visuals and
depth and I'm sure you will too.