Excerpt: Once the king of arcade-style entertainment, Midway's next-gen library has thus far been a royal disappointment. Enter NBA Ballers: Chosen One, the next best link to the publisher's prolific past outside of a new Mortal Kombat. The spiritual successor to the company's classic NBA Jam franchise, will it be enough to dethrone NBA Street: Homecourt as the current street ball champ?
Conclusion: When you get down to it, as with every game purchase, you have to ask yourself if said game is worth the price of admission. With NBA Ballers Chosen One, I do not feel that it is, however, fans of the series and basketball game fans in general should still give it a look. Most may be disappointed with the Ballers first foray onto next gen, but many series' that game to next gen fumbled their first time around, so I'm still hopeful the next iteration of Ballers will...
Excerpt: Midway and over-the-top basketball gameplay are no strangers to one another. Arguably the most successful arcade basketball title, NBA Jam took the five-man, rule-bound American sport and turned it into a two-on-two spectacle—with fire and moves which defied gravity nonetheless. However, Midway has since moved onto another arcade b-ball franchise, namely the Ballers series.
Excerpt: Midway has seen a fair amount of success with their NBA Ballers franchise. The first one was well received by gamers, press, and even in sales. The sequel, on the other hand, felt like more of the same, and failed to expand on the original. Ultimately, this seems to be a problem that has plagued past Midway sports franchises, such as NBA Jam and NFL Blitz.
Conclusion: NBA Ballers: Chosen One deserves credit for trying to bring some new ideas to a genre that isn't known for mixing things up. But while many of these ideas may have seemed good during the design phase, they don't work in the context of the actual gameplay. There's no reason to pick this one up, regardless of how bad you need a basketball fix--there are plenty of cheaper, better options available.
Pros: Stylish presentation, Plenty of current and past NBA players, Lots of great nicknames for your created baller.
Cons: Repetitive gameplay, Controls are needlessly complex, Act-a-fool combos are overpowered, Fouls, charging, and goaltending don't belong in an arcade basketball game.
Conclusion: Overall, NBA Ballers: Chosen One really falls short of being a good game and is just mediocre at best. Much of the gameplay is redundant and the whack player controls don’t help at all. Other than the somewhat entertaining Story Mode and playing with a friend, most of the other modes are pretty lame. With NBA Street: Homecourt available to play, I don’t see why anyone would pick up this game over that. Hopefully, Midway can learn a few things from EA’s real “Chosen One”.