May 15, 1999 - 12:30am
Seth C
E3: Sega's Sports Titles

NBA 2000

NBA 200 (working title) is being designed by Visual Concepts (who Sega recently purchased) and will be released late this year. The game includes over 1,600 motion-camptured moves and runs at a solid 60 frames per second. Playbooks are designed by actual NBA coches. Bone structure, hairstyles, and facial features are designed to acturately match the real stars.

I didn't get to spend a great deal of time with this game, but what I did see had me quite impressed. The character movement was particularly impressive, which became especially noticable during the slow-motion instant replays of certain moves such as slam dunks are lay-ups.

NFL 2000

NFL 200 (also a working title) is Visual Concepts' second DC title. It also features huge amounts of motion capture, which recreate the movements of each and every NFL player down to the very last detail. If your favorite player uses a breathing strip, he'll have it in the game... it's that realistic.

While playtesting the game, the only thing I saw that didn't seem quite right was the collision detection. When players were tackled, it just didn't look quite... right. You can expect that to be cleared up though, afterall the game is very early. The players looked amazing, their jerseys looked great even close-up. Very impressive stuff really.

One thing you may not have heard elsewhere (actually, you probably haven't) deals with the game's use of the modem. Believe it or not, Sega will actually be releasing updated stats and player roster that will be downloadable via the internet. No more having to buy a new product every year just to get the players on the right teams. On top of that, at key points in the game the real football scores for that week will be scrolled across the bottom of the screen.

Be on the lookout for this game, coming late this year.

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