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Microsoft's exclusive basketball franchise continues on the Xbox with the release of NBA Inside Drive 2003. In addition to updated rosters to reflect the 2002-2003 season, players will be able to guide their team through 25 seasons with the new Dynasty Mode. As players strive to build a championship franchise, they will be able to make unbalanced trades, participate in a rookie draft, and even trade future picks to other teams. Dynamic Player Performance allows for hot and cold streaks to develop in athletes based on how well they are playing during the season, adjusting their ratings accordingly at the end of the year.
Other enhancements include a Create Player option, a chance to edit the ratings of existing players, and an ability to win trophies and store them in a special case viewable from the menu screen. The presentation has also been addressed with a greater variety of dunks, more than 1,000 animations, and redesigned player models. Kevin Calabro and Marques Johnson once again call the action from the booth but are joined by Kenny Smith for added commentary and halftime analysis. For those wishing to brush-up on the retooled post-up game and team-specific playbooks, Practice Mode offers users a chance to hone their skills as well as play a little two-on-two on a choice of courts. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide