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NBA ShootOut (Total NBA in Europe) is a series of basketball video games based on the NBA and released for the PlayStation and PlayStation 2. The first two entries, released in 1996 and 1997, were developed by Sony Computer Entertainment's British in-house development team.[1] Later entries were developed by 989 Sports, including NBA ShootOut 2000, the only game in the series to be released for Microsoft Windows.

In the games, players can choose an existing NBA franchise and play exhibition or regular season games, as well as create their own players to include in regular season team rosters. Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jordan were represented in the game with other names (Forward, Center and Guard respectively).

NBA ShootOut 99 for the PlayStation was cancelled by 989 Sports due to lack of quality.

InstallmentsEdit

Title Release date Console(s) Cover athlete
NBA ShootOut March 28, 1996 PlayStation Sam Cassell
NBA ShootOut '97 March 14, 1997 Eddie Jones
NBA ShootOut 98 February 28, 1998 Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA ShootOut 2000 November 30, 1999 PlayStation, Windows Jason Kidd
NBA ShootOut 2001 October 17, 2000 PlayStation, PlayStation 2 Chris Webber
NBA ShootOut 2002 September 1, 2001 Stephon Marbury
NBA ShootOut 2003 September 24, 2002 Ray Allen
NBA ShootOut 2004 September 23, 2003 Tracy McGrady

ReceptionEdit

The first two games were well received, with the Official UK PlayStation Magazine awarding 9/10 and a Starplayer award to both. They praised the motion capture and the playability.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NG Alphas: Sony Computer Entertainment U.K.". Next Generation. No. 23. Imagine Media. November 1996. pp. 135–8.
  2. ^ Total NBA '97 review, Official UK PlayStation Magazine, Future Publishing issue 19, October 1997