NBA Street Vol. 2
|NBA Street Vol. 2|
|Publisher(s)||EA Sports BIG|
NBA Street Vol. 2 is a basketball video game, published by EA Sports BIG and developed by EA Canada. It is the sequel to NBA Street and the second game in the NBA Street series. It was released in 2003 for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and, for the first time in the series, on the Xbox. Japan was only able to see a PlayStation 2 release of this game. The GameCube version was also planned to be released in that region, but it was canceled for unknown reasons.
Like the previous game, NBA Street Vol. 2 consists of 3-on-3 basketball games. In the game, there are 29 fully playable NBA teams in all modes once unlocked. The game also features four different modes to choose from including a Pick Up Game (Regular game, default is 21 points, and can be set to 50 points), NBA Challenge (Beat all NBA teams and the legends from there with a normal or customizable team), Be a Legend (Create your own baller, create your own team a stand become a legend) and Street School (Learn the basic and advanced moves and tricks in NBA Street Vol. 2). The game also features several new trick moves and dunks, as well as introducing a level two "gamebreaker". You will also earn reward points after every game that you win, which can be used to purchase many rewards such as players, jerseys, and courts. If you win a certain amount of games, some rewards will be automatically unlocked.
The game, at the time of release, was the only available game on the market in which three incarnations of Michael Jordan are playable: the 1985 Chicago Bulls Jordan, the 1996 Chicago Bulls Jordan, and the Washington Wizards Jordan. It is possible to play as a team made up of the three different Jordans (or the "All-Jordan" team as Bobbito García refers to it).
The game also features an in-game soundtrack with hot tracks from artists including Nate Dogg featuring Eve, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Erick Sermon featuring Redman, Benzino, MC Lyte, Black Sheep and a brand new song from Nelly, who appears in the game as a playable character, along with the other members of the St. Lunatics. It also features great instrumental beats from producer Just Blaze.
There are four modes in the game.
Pick Up Game - The first gameplay option. In this mode, you are able to play against the computer, or a user wanting to play the game. You can also choose to turn the shot clock off.
NBA Challenge - The second gameplay option, but in this mode you have to play at a certain court and try to win against the assigned teams in the regional courts they are in. In NBA Challenge, you are able to unlock NBA Legends as well as courts, and reward points.
Be a Legend - The third and last gameplay option. This is the main mode in the game. In this mode, you create a baller, create a team and try to succeed by going from a nobody to becoming the Street Legend champ. In order to do that, you have to gain a reputation by playing pick up games that are assigned on the map, which will lead to tournaments against street legends. The higher your reputation goes, the more competition you get. Also in this mode, you get to unlock the street legend characters, courts, jerseys, trick moves and your own created player. You will also earn a nickname based on your skills.
Street School Class is in session!!! This mode teaches you how to play the game. The instructor is street legend, 'Stretch' and he teaches you 26 lessons from the basics as well as the complex parts of the game.
Gamebreakers are the most exciting part of the game. When you fill up your gamebreaker meter, you have the option to either use a Gamebreaker One or save it for a Gamebreaker Two. Either way, once you use it, your team will earn more points and the opposing team will lose points. However, if you or the opposing team takes too long, you will lose your gamebreaker. If the opposing team saves their Gamebreaker, you can use your Gamebreaker to cancel theirs.
There are a total of 11 courts located in different cities of different states. In the "Be a Legend" mode, some courts will have tournaments against the court's street legend.
- NYC Rec Center (New York City, NY)
- Soul in the Hole (Brooklyn, NY) (Stretch's home court)
- Uptown (Manhattan, NY)
- The Cage (Greenwich Village, NY)
- Rucker Park (Harlem, NY) (Bonafide's home court)
- Rucker Park '78 (Harlem, NY) (Old school legends' home court)
- Broad Street (Philadelphia, PA)
- Foster Beach (Chicago, IL) (Biggie Little's home court)
- Greenlake(Seattle, WA) (Whitewater's home court)
- Mosswood (Oakland, CA) (Osmosis' home court)
- Lincoln College (Los Angeles, CA) (Dime's home court)
Street legends summaries
There are 6 street legends in the game.
- Clifford 'Stretch' Monroe (Hometown: Brooklyn, NY) is an afro-adorned player. He was known as the, "best not to make to the NBA." Stretch's dunking stats are maxed out (indicated by a gold crown) and has a signature dunk called "Stretch" that you can use in the game with a specific combo. He is one of the better dunkers in the game, and his height leads him to play closer to the hoop instead of shooting from the paint. In "Be a Legend" mode, your created baller's team will play against Strecth's team in the Soul in the Hole tournament. Stretch is also the teacher of "Street School."
- Biggie Little (Hometown: Chicago, IL) is one of the better ball-handlers in the game, with his handling stats maxed out and a signature trick move called "Biggie Littles", where he does a hand-stand on the ball. He is one of the new additions to the game. He is visibly very young compared to the rest of the game's characters. His crossovers seem to be challenging to stop in the game, and (without that fact that he can't dunk) is an overall good player, but is very short (5' 4"). In "Be a Legend" mode, your created baller's team will play against Biggie Little's team in the Foster Beach tournament.
- Whitewater (Hometown: Seattle, WA) is a very tall player, which makes him a decent center and blocker, and his shooting stats are maxed out, with a signature shot called "Whitewater". Since he is tall, he also makes a decent dunker. He was supposed to be a replacement for Drake, who is in NBA Street. He is known as the fundamental basketball player, but he still has some street in him. In "Be a Legend" mode, your created baller's team will play against Whitewater's team in the Greenlake tournament.
- Dime (Hometown: Los Angeles, CA) is the only female street legend in the game (unless you create your own). She is a great defensive player, and has her steal stats maxed out, and decent handles with her signature move called, "Droppin' Dimes". Throughout all the streets, she's the only "official" woman street legend in the game. In "Be a Legend" mode, your created baller's team will play against Dime's team in the Lincoln College tournament.
- Osmosis (Hometown: Oakland, CA) is a well-rounded offensive and defensive player, with his stats maxed out on blocks, and pretty decent handling stats with a signature handle move called "Osmosis", where he dribbles the ball with his feet. He was taught by Jason Kidd (not in real life). He is last year's (2002) Street Champion. He plays at Mosswood Park, a real streetball court in Oakland. In "Be a Legend" mode, your created baller's team will play against Osmosis' team in the Mosswood tournament.
- Carlito 'Bonafide' Vargas (Hometown: Harlem, NY) is a fiery little Latino that can ball with the best of them. Bonafide's got more game than a toy store. With ankle-breaking moves and phat passing skills to boot, he moves faster with the ball than everyone else without it. How quick is he? He'll break you down before you can even think about reacting. And then he'll do it again. At the other end of the floor, Bonafide developed into a defensive stopper, locking up guys tighter than Fort Knox. He also brings a wicked outside shot to the table, making his skills truly "Bonafide." In "Be a Legend" mode, your created baller's team will play against Bonafide's team in the Rucker Park tournament.
- Bobbito Garcia aka "DJ Cucumber Slice" (Hometown: New York, NY) is the announcer of the game and is featured in the game as a player. He is not an official street legend.
|Atlanta Hawks||Shareef Abdur-Rahim||Theo Ratliff||Jason Terry||Glenn Robinson||Dion Glover|
|Boston Celtics||Paul Pierce||Antoine Walker||Vin Baker||Tony Delk||Tony Battie|
|Chicago Bulls||Jalen Rose||Tyson Chandler||Jay Williams||Donyell Marshall||Eddy Curry|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||Darius Miles||DaJuan Wagner||Jumaine Jones||Zydrunas Ilgauskas||Ricky Davis|
|Dallas Mavericks||Michael Finley||Dirk Nowitzki||Steve Nash||Raef LaFrentz||Nick Van Exel|
|Denver Nuggets||Marcus Camby||Juwan Howard||Chris Whitney||Donnell Harvey||Neně|
|Detroit Pistons||Richard Hamilton||Clifford Robinson||Ben Wallace||Chauncey Billups||Corliss Williamson|
|Golden State Warriors||Antawn Jamison||Jason Richardson||Mike Dunleavy, Jr.||Troy Murphy||Gilbert Arenas|
|Houston Rockets||Steve Francis||Cuttino Mobley||Yao Ming||James Posey||Eddie Griffin|
|Indiana Pacers||Jermaine O'Neal||Reggie Miller||Ron Artest||Ron Mercer||Jamaal Tinsley|
|Los Angeles Clippers||Lamar Odom||Andre Miller||Elton Brand||Corey Maggette||Quentin Richardson|
|Los Angeles Lakers||Shaquille O'Neal||Kobe Bryant||Derek Fisher||Rick Fox||Robert Horry|
|Memphis Grizzlies||Pau Gasol||Jason Williams||Shane Battier||Mike Miller||Stromile Swift|
|Miami Heat||Alonzo Mourning||Brian Grant||Eddie Jones||Anthony Carter||Caron Butler|
|Milwaukee Bucks||Gary Payton||Desmond Mason||Anthony Mason||Sam Cassell||Tim Thomas|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||Kevin Garnett||Terrell Brandon||Wally Szczerbiak||Joe Smith||Troy Hudson|
|New Jersey Nets||Jason Kidd||Dikembe Mutombo||Kenyon Martin||Kerry Kittles||Richard Jefferson|
|New Orleans Hornets||Jamal Mashburn||Baron Davis||P.J. Brown||David Wesley||Jamaal Mashburn|
|New York Knicks||Latrell Sprewell||Allan Houston||Antonio McDyess||Kurt Thomas||Shandon Anderson|
|Orlando Magic||Tracy McGrady||Grant Hill||Darrell Armstrong||Drew Gooden||Shawn Kemp|
|Philadelphia 76ers||Allen Iverson||Keith Van Horn||Derrick Coleman||Eric Snow||Aaron McKie|
|Phoenix Suns||Stephon Marbury||Shawn Marion||Penny Hardaway||Amar'e Stoudemire||Joe Johnson|
|Portland Trail Blazers||Rasheed Wallace||Scottie Pippen||Damon Stoudamire||Derek Anderson||Bonzi Wells|
|Sacramento Kings||Chris Webber||Mike Bibby||Peja Stojakovic||Vlade Divac||Doug Christie|
|San Antonio Spurs||Tim Duncan||David Robinson||Steve Smith||Malik Rose||Tony Parker|
|Seattle SuperSonics||Ray Allen||Rashard Lewis||Elden Campbell||Vladimir Radmanovic||Brent Barry|
|Toronto Raptors||Vince Carter||Antonio Davis||Jerome Williams||Morris Peterson||Rafer Alston|
|Utah Jazz||Karl Malone||John Stockton||Matt Harpring||Andrei Kirilenko||DeShawn Stevenson|
|Washington Wizards||Michael Jordan||Jerry Stackhouse||Larry Hughes||Bryon Russell||Kwame Brown|
|Team Lunatics||Nelly||Kyjuan||Slo Down||Ali||Murphy Lee|
The songs that are featured in the game are called EA Trax.
- "Not in My House" – Nelly
- "Get Up" - Nate Dogg featuring Eve
- "React" - Erick Sermon featuring Redman
- "Live on Stage (Remix)" - Dilated Peoples featuring Talib Kweli
- "Rock the Party" - Benzino
- "Playas and Shortees" - SK
- "Ride Wit Me" - MC Lyte
- "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" - Pete Rock & CL Smooth
- "The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)" - Black Sheep
- "Chief Rocka" - Lords of the Underground
- Beats - Just Blaze
The game was met with universal acclaim to positive reception upon release. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 90.16% and 90 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version; 89.36% and 88 out of 100 for the GameCube version; and 88.91% and 89 out of 100 for the Xbox version.
BBC Sport gave the game a score of 93% and said, "The atmosphere of NBA Street is enhanced by an excellent soundtrack including hip-hop tracks from the likes of Nelly and Nate Dogg, plus various sound effects from the street - traffic, sirens, crowd abuse, etc." Maxim gave it a score of eight out of ten and said, "even if you aren't a hoops fan, there's plenty of unintentional humor to appreciate: Seeing Yao Ming dunk on Bill Walton alone is worth the price of admission." The Village Voice gave the PS2 version eight out of ten, saying, "The up-to-four-player game itself is hot to death."
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