Excerpt: If NBA Ballers is to be believed, then the life of a superstar is truly something to be envied. Apparently, when they aren’t playing roundball for David Stern and all his stuffy friends, true players like to spend their offseason hoopin’ it up in locales such as opulent yacht clubs in Turkey and on...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: EA and Midway share the rights to NBA-licensed arcade basketball games. As a result, the NBA Ballers franchise is released every other year, with EA's NBA Street series occupying the year in between.
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