Acclaim was showing nearly a dozen titles this year. While many of these were sequels or new system conversions of existing games there were several new titles being shown including a long-awaited remake of a classic basketball game.
Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance (Xbox/PC and PS2 in Europe Only)
This was one of the most impressive games (next to Alias) being shown at the Acclaim booth. The visuals were stunning as were the fluid combat animations, in-depth characteriations and integrated storyline. The environments combined with the cinematic camera style will have you reliving your favorite moments from epics such as ‘Sparticus’, ‘Ben Hur’, and ‘Gladiator’. The sophisticated combat system makes use of combos, and the fighting engine makes use of your increasing skill as well as the skill of your on-screen character. Look for this epic release Fall 2003.
NBA Jam (PS2/Xbox)
All of the trademark features that have already sold more than 6 million copies of this game are back including 3-on-3, On-Fire, Big Head mode, along with all 29 current NBA teams, players, and arenas, plus some retired arenas and unique outdoor environments. Take a trip through history with 50 of NBA's biggest legends, and more than 4 decades of era-specific music, jerseys, hairstyles, commentary, and signature moves. With more than 700 new motion captured moves this is going to be one of the most comprehensive basketball games in history. Look for it in October.
Summer Heat Beach Volleyball (PS2)
Choose from 14 characters and play in twelve locations as you work your way through the summer season or challenge your friends in exciting multiplayer games. There are plenty of secrets, gameplay modes, mini-games, and fully customizable characters to make this an instant hit. Completing the package are TV-style cameras and an excellent replay system system. The fun in the sun starts this Summer.