brings NBA hoops to the web. Try to dominate head-to-head play or jump
into a tournament with up to 64 players.
Online Career Mode reporting provides the opportunity to track
the progress of your career player compared to other gamers' players.
Online roster and stat updates will automatically occur each
week, and player skill attributes are affected as well.
Consequently, if LeBron James turns out to be a superstar out of
the blocks, his attributes will be adjusted accordingly and his
shot changes are now available with a simple button press.
Shooters will now have the ability to reposition shots and avoid
defenders after they are already in the air, or they can simply pass out
of the shot to an open shooter.
shooter momentum adds depth and realism.
Shooters will now drift in the direction that they are moving
when they run into a jump shot. The
amount of drift and the impact it has on their shots depend entirely
upon the speed and jumping ability of the shooter.
Gameplay features smooth player movement and attribute-based speeds.
When Kobe hits the gas, he leaves Vlade behind.
The one-touch controls allow instant access to multiple unique
dribble moves. Defensively, Payton plays like "The Glove" with
a slick and active defensive stance, quick steal, and screen avoidance
defense makes gamers earn their hoops.
Post defenders can engage the ball handler from three different
angles: battle him straight up, force him baseline, or angle him toward
the center of the defense.
refined AI features offensive teammates automatically cutting to the
basket and back screening for each other to set up the offense. The AI
teammates spread the floor just like the real NBA and set realistic and
effective screens at will. Defensively,
teammates rush to switch and help close gaps on D while the big men
collapse the middle if someone gets penetration.
one-touch player controls include Screens, Auto Defense, Pump Fakes,
Special Dribbles, and more. Gamers won't get bogged down with cumbersome
Control Hoops is the only way to step foot on the hardwood.
Total Control Dribbling puts ball control in the palm of your
hand as you go between the legs, behind the back or go for the crossover
dribble. Total Control
Jukes have been tightened and quickened to give the user the feel that
their input is directly attached to the juke moves they are attempting.
Total Control Screening™ allows hoopsters to set a pick or call
for the screen to give your hot shooter the open look.
Now hit your buckets with Total Control Shooting as you refine
your touch and control the accuracy of your shot.
Sports really seems to be pulling out all of the stops to regain their
share of the sports market this year. Once we get our hands on NBA
ShootOut 2004, we’ll let you know if they’ve succeeded.
Peter J. Skerritt, Jr.