Here are some things I'd like to see included in the next NBA game:
Retired numbers! It's annoying to me when I'm playing Franchise mode on NBA Live 2002 and some bench player is wearing #23 for the Bulls. Or #33 for the Celtics. It just seems wrong, and it takes away from the realism of the game. The game should also retire the jerseys of some guys after they retire-- for example, Reggie Miller and Karl Malone. You should be able to choose whether or not to retire those numbers for your franchise, and the computer would do it for its franchises automatically. Then the numbers would appear in the rafters like they're supposed to!
Championship banners-- past and future. I wanna see Boston's 16 NBA Championship banners hanging in the rafters of the FleetCenter. But most importantly, if I win an NBA Championship with the Pacers, I wanna see that banner in Conseco Fieldhouse, in the proper place.
No repeating jersey numbers. In other words, there shouldn't be two guys wearing the same jersey number on the same team. I've played NHL games on Genesis that would automatically change jersey numbers to prevent repetition-- it should be no problem with PS2, XBox and Gamecube games.
Be able to say everybody's name! The arena announcer should be able to properly say the name of every player in the game-- including the ones created in franchise mode. Doesn't seem too difficult. I can understand them not being able to pronounce the names of user-created players, but I figure if the names are all in the game anyway, it should be no sweat.
More trade freedom. The only modernized game I have right now is NBA Live 2002-- and in franchise mode, you can trade as many as three players from any two teams at the same time. But what about three-way trades? Or what if I wanted to trade more than just three of my guys?
Has anyone played NBA 2K2 for PS2 yet? If so, does it have any of these features?
A lot of this is managerial stuff, I know, but I am, first and foremost, an armchair general manager. LOL!
Don't try March Madness 2002. Good lord does it suck. No season modes even. Just the tournament and exhibitions. It makes NBA Live 2002 seem like the greatest game ever.
I do agree about all that stuff for improving the game. Especially the jersey numbers. I was playing NHL 2002 and Frederick Olausson got traded to the Red Wings. So they give him #9! At least you can change it on NHL. You can't on Madden 2002, either, which is irritating if you draft, say, Jerramy Stevens for Washington to play tight end. He's #14 but they don't change it to a number in the 80s. Stinkin' tools.
And I totally agree about fixing the pronounciation of the players names. The Sonics drafted a guy from Nigeria last year name Olumide Oyedeji. On NBA Live 2001 they pronounced it "ode-JEYE", when it's correctly pronounced "oy-uh-DAY-gee." But the pronounciation is the same in this year's version. I think they get a little lazy about things like that.
The only basketball game I've had post-SNES was NBA 2K for Dreamcast. One of the features I liked about the game was the fact that the arena announcer would always get excited for the home team's players and mention the other team's players in a calm voice. I know that some of the older games used to use a crowd meter (maybe March Madness for Genesis or PS One or something?)... I would think that if you're playing Game 7 of the conference finals at home and you're up by 20 that the place should be deafening. I agree on the banner thing, or hell, they could just put them on the wall or something so it wouldn't tax the system to account for it in the replays or whatever.
I also wish they could somehow get Red Porter to do "Two Minutes! Two-wah!" instead of having to do it myself. On the other hand, it makes it a great stunt to shout it in unison when you play against others. Ekedolphin knows what I'm talking about
Does anybody know of a good NCAA basketball game? I tried March Madness 2002 and was very disappointed.
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NBA Live 2002 doesn't have three way trades? I have NBA Live 2001 and it does have three way trades. It doesn't have any the rest of you what you said as far as I know, all good ideas.
As for NCAA Basketball games, every single college basketbal game I have EVER played was complete crap, i huge disappointment considering that all the college football games i've played I have been great. I much prefer recruiting during the offseason over drafting and signing free agents.
I got another "Jersey Number That Would Never Happen" thanks to Madden NFL 2002. I just played the 2nd game of the 2003 season against the Broncos, and wearing Trent Dilfer is their backup QB, so he is also the holder.
Unfortunately, I have played March Madness 2002, and it is complete crap.
Shotgunn. Yeah, the first time I noticed the “differing announcer excitement” thing was in NBA Courtside for N64. I think some of the earliest Playstation NBA games did it, too. But it's in all the new ones that I've played, yeah.
But it bugs me when you have a player in franchise mode who doesn't “really” exist, and when he scores, the announcer is like, “NUMBER 47!” or something. Grrr.
Quez-- nope, NBA Live 2002 doesn't have three-way trades? But 2001 does? What a gyp. I still love NBA Live 2002, though.
Does anyone know if NBA 2K2 has any of the features that I complained about? LOL...