Publisher: Sega Sports
Developer: Visual Concepts
Genre: Basketball Sim
|FIMP: NBA 2K3 [XBX]|
Done? Good. Now here's the good part: the Xbox version is everything good about the Cube version, without the nagging graphical issues. Hands down, NBA2K3 runs by far the best on the Box compared to the two other consoles. Playing it with the hamburger that is the regular Xbox controller, however, is another issue altogether. That, my friends, can be amended by purchasing the heaven that is the Controller Type S, no doubt "S" stands for Sexual.
Another advantage the Xbox version has over the Cube version (an advantage which is shared by the PS2 version as well) is the fact that you can download roster updates. Yao Ming, here we come! Watch as he blocks Shaq. Watch as he hits jumpers over Shaq... and then watch as he gets dunked on BY Shaq, about four times.
Back to the visuals for a second, it clearly runs at 60 fps during gameplay with nary a slowdown, or at least, I never saw one in the time I spent with it. The only graphical thing that I disliked about the Xbox version -- and this is a stylistic preference, nothing technical, mind you -- is the style they use for the replays. The player in focus is in color; the rest of the arena is grayscale. And there's some sort of weird blurring effect. I just don't like it, but there's nothing *wrong* with it pers se.
The biggest thing, for me, hoewver, was the fact that IT DID NOT CRASH. I should update this for my Cube FIMP but an NBA 2K3 Cube review is comig soon so I['ll save it for that, but let it be known that MY CUBE VERSION CRASHES. Yes, during Season Play, it crashes on me at the rate of uh... let's say.. once every four games? Ridiculous! I'm up by 40 against the Lakers with my beloved Kings, and the game FREEZES. I have to play the whole game over again. With that said, I'm happy to report to you Xbox owners that NBA2K3 has not frozen in five games with it.
Unless there's something horrifically wrong with the Xbox version that I was't able to experience in five games of play, so far I think it's safe to say that for multiple system owners, the Xbox version is the way to go.
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