Replay Value: 8.9
Fox Sports' first attempt at an NBA title is rather not really that bad. Fox Sports NHL 2000 is one of the best Hockey games to date and Radical Entertainment hopes to do the same with their NBA 2000 title. The game hopes to give some challenge to EA's NBA Live 2000. But how big of a threat will Fox Sports NBA 2000 pose for NBA Live 2000?
This is something that should have been worked on more. The graphics aren't really that bad, except for the fact that the facial expressions could have been done much better. NBA Live '99 was one of the best looking NBA titles due to it's excellent facial expressions, and motion capturing. But Fox's title fails to have any of that. The game features poor facial expressions, mediocre motion capturing, as well as bland character models, at least the game is polished at the players aren't grainy. For some reason though, almost all the players have pretty huge shoulders. That's kind of weird, and it sort of shows that Radical didn't really spend enough or any time on photo capturing the players' bodies. From another perspective or angle of view the characters seem fine. I noticed something I don't see in many Basketball games, the players are all different height. For instance looking at David Robinson and Avery Johnson you see the height difference between the two, and that is a pretty good feature, one of the features that saved graphics score.
As everybody knows a sports game always has to be as realistic as possible. And Fox Sports NBA 2000 has all the realism you need. The game features an excellent create a player option, not as deep as NBA Live 99's but still very good. Like any other B-ball title the NBA 2000 has a player release option, a player trade option, a player sign option, and other options making this a very realistic title. If you want to get a little up close and personal with your home team, you can view team profiles. If you are Knicks fan you can head into the Rosters option, and click on Team profiles. Their you can find the teams established year, their retired numbers, and the years in which the team won an NBA title, I personally like the option because I have found out that the Chicago Bulls are not the best team of the century but only the best team of the decade, the Boston Celtics are the best team because they have over 15 titles take that Bulls. NBA 2000 has very solid gameplay, the game features pump fakes, great looking dunks, crossovers and pretty much everything you find in a real basketball game. The only thing that disappoints me about the gameplay is that the entrances are pretty lame. When I watch an NBA game on TV I hear all this crazy cheering going on, the techno song in the background and the announcer announcing at the top of his lungs. But in NBA 2000 the announcer sounds pretty weak at times and never really gets me much into the game.
This is probably the most imperative aspect in any sports title. The sound is always an important issue, because the developer wants to make the game feel as realistic as possible by implementing excellent commentary. The games that had the most memorable commentary all belonged to EA, and all three of them were Triple Play 2000, NBA Live '99 and the recent FIFA 2000. But it looks as if we have another contender for excellent commentary, because Fox Sports' title features great play by play commentary/color commentary and much like Triple Play 2000, Fox's title also features some historical commentary, courtesy of Greg Papa and Doc Rivers. This is definitely a plus in Fox Sports NBA 2000.
Basically the game doesn't really have a very hard control layout, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out and get used to it. The control scheme goes as follows, X is to pass or to change player. Square is to fake, pivot, or steal. Triangle is to Speed burst. O is to shoot, jump, and block. L2 is to select a play. R2 is foul and R1 is to display name. Concluding this I can say that the control is tight.
All in all Fox Sports NBA Basketball 2000 is a pretty good Basketball simulation title. And if you can't wait for NBA Live 2000 and you need a hoops fix, pick up or at least rent NBA 2000. But I think you should wait just a little bit longer for NBA Live 2000. The main reason because it will be one of the very few titles that will feature his "Royal Airness" Michael Jordan.