How the game works: You’re the Orlando Magic’s Penny Hardaway with six seconds on the clock. You steal the ball from Derek Harper, pass it to teammate Nick Anderson, who drives to the three-point line and nails a shot at the buzzer for a one-point victory over the Knicks. That’s what can happen when you play the most realistic-looking basketball video game yet created.
You and up to seven others can play at a time by picking players from all 29 NBA teams, but there may be some missing, such as Shaq, Michael Jordan and others because of their own NBA basketball video game contracts.
But no matter: You may not get all the players, but you get a great game, like in the arcade hit “NBA Jam.” Shooting, dunking, layups and 3-pointers are easy to do, but hard to defend.
Good points, bad points: State-of-the-art 3D graphics create lifelike movement and show faces of real players, but more importantly, you play like one, using true abilities of NBA professionals during play. Features include playing combinations in which up to eight people can play at once, using multiplayer controllers; enjoy the game’s “smart” defensive and offensive players who execute specialty moves - such as rebound dunking, fade-away shooting and alley-oop dunking - that no other game offers.
The verdict: “Hey, man, I love this game!” xxxx ‘NBA in the Zone’ Formats: Sony PlayStation. Estimated selling price, manufacturer: $50, Konami Sports Series. Category: Sports. Players: One-to-eight. Recommended ages: 6 and up.
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