Whether it's cycling menus, viewing stats, or controlling your team, ShootOut 2002
is virtually perfect. The buttons of the PlayStation controller are ergonomically designed to fit your hand better, and the game's controls are a perfect fit to the PlayStation controller. Added features of the Total Control Passing and Switching allows you to feed the post man with ease or switch to a man underneath on defense to challenge the driving point guard.
The addition of the Create-A-Dunk is exclusive (I think) to NBA ShootOut 2002, and it's incredible that you can finally control what has to be the most exciting moment in all of basketball. And after the game, feel free to check out your shot chart and find out from where and just how many dunks you slammed through the iron.
There are a lot of basketball games on the market now, and making your purchase decision varies on a lot of factors. If you want a game with tons of eye candy, then look the other way. But if you want a game with some originality and smooth playability, then maybe you should pick up copy of NBA ShootOut 2002 for yourself.
PS2: If you have a PlayStation 2, you may know that you have the ability to try to bump up a normal PlayStation game's performance. Well, in the case of NBA ShootOut 2002, there did seem to be a decrease in loading time (slightly), and a noticeable improvement in the smoothness of textures. For those of you with a modded PSX, take special note that the disc does have copy protection and won't play in your modified PlayStation game console.