NBA Inside Drive
Developer(s)High Voltage Software
Publisher(s)Microsoft, Microsoft Studios
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Xbox
First releaseNBA Inside Drive 2000
Latest releaseNBA Inside Drive 2004

NBA Inside Drive is a series of video games based on National Basketball Association, published by Microsoft Studios. Its main competition was NBA Live, a series from Electronic Arts.

Games

Name Release Date Systems Cover Athlete Team
NBA Inside Drive 2000 August 26, 1999 Windows Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks
NBA Inside Drive 2002 January 21, 2002 Xbox Vince Carter Toronto Raptors
NBA Inside Drive 2003 October 15, 2002 Paul Pierce Boston Celtics
NBA Inside Drive 2004 November 18, 2003 Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Inside Drive 2000

NBA Inside Drive 2000
Developer(s)High Voltage Software
Publisher(s)Microsoft
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Release
Genre(s)Sports, Simulation
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

The first game in the series, NBA Inside Drive 2000, was released for Microsoft Windows on August 26, 1999.

Reception

NBA Inside Drive 2000 received "favorable" reviews according to the review aggregation website GameRankings.[2]

NBA Inside Drive 2002

NBA Inside Drive 2002
Developer(s)High Voltage Software
Publisher(s)Microsoft Studios
Platform(s)Xbox
Release
  • NA: January 21, 2002
  • EU: May 17, 2002
Genre(s)Sports, Simulation
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

After an almost two-and-a-half-year hiatus, NBA Inside Drive was brought back as NBA Inside Drive 2002 and was released in 2002 for Xbox. The game's development time was 18 months.[14]

Reception

NBA Inside Drive 2002 received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[15]

NBA Inside Drive 2003

NBA Inside Drive 2003
Developer(s)High Voltage Software
Publisher(s)Microsoft Studios
Platform(s)Xbox
Release
  • NA: October 15, 2002[26]
  • EU: December 6, 2002
Genre(s)Sports, Simulation
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Less than one year after the 2002 installment, NBA Inside Drive 2003 was released for Xbox.

Reception

NBA Inside Drive 2003 received "average" reviews according to Metacritic.[27]

NBA Inside Drive 2004

NBA Inside Drive 2004
Developer(s)High Voltage Software
Publisher(s)Microsoft Studios
Platform(s)Xbox
Release
  • NA: November 18, 2003[38]
  • EU: November 28, 2003
Genre(s)Sports, Simulation
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

The last entry in the series, NBA Inside Drive 2004, was released in 2003. It launched with other XSN Sports titles that featured a website where players could organize their own tournaments, seasons, or games.

Reception

Inside Drive 2004 received "average" reviews according to Metacritic.[39] In Japan, where the game was ported for release on January 22, 2004,[51] Famitsu gave it a score of two sevens, one six, and one seven for a total of 27 out of 40.[41]

Discontinuation

Following Microsoft's release of their 2004 professional sports titles, all of them were discontinued including NFL Fever and NHL Rivals. In February 2005, Microsoft sold NBA Inside Drive and its other sports franchises to Ubisoft.[52]

See also

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