New Releases: What upcoming games are you looking forward to?
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The top-rated NBA 2K series continues on PlayStation 2 with additional player animations, redesigned AI, and a new game mode. Hoops fans will be able to revisit some of the greatest playoff matches in NBA history with the new Playoff Mode. On offense, players can control either the ball-handler or a nearby teammate to perform alley oops, establish screens, and to get into position near the basket. Players can also customize free throws, dribbles, and dunks based on a star's real-life tendencies and attributes. On defense, the right analog stick is used to run defensive sets, "body-up" the ball handler, and more.
The career-like Association mode allows would-be coaches to assign individual roles, carefully manage playing time, and build team morale. Simulation junkies will appreciate a more dramatic interface for simming games, with "SimCentral" displaying real-time stats, injuries, and other up-to-date information. The online experience is enhanced with the ability to create leagues, trade and draft players, and compete in an assortment of tournaments. Kevin Harlan and Kenny Smith return for commentary duties, while the soundtrack features music from such recording artists as Common, Q-Tip, Run DMC, and the Stone Roses. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide