Excerpt: NBA Unrivaled is Tecmo's unfortunate venture onto the hardwood court, an XBLA/PSN arcade-style basketball game that somehow manages to be simultaneously more ugly and less fun than the 16 year-old NBA Jam . Traditionally, basketball teams use specific defensive and offensive strategies -- NBA Unrivaled, on the other hand, prefers to depict a spastic pile of humanity hopelessly jerking around in a heap, grabbing for the ball.
Pros: you can't wait for NBA Jam because a doctor's prognosis has you at 6 months left to live!
Cons: you have a sliver of patience for the new NBA Jam , own a copy of the original or have good taste.
Conclusion: In the end, NBA Unrivaled just didn’t live up the title it was given. To true be unrivaled, you expect the included features and gameplay experiences to be better or worse than other games of a similar nature. NBA Unrivaled falls in between. It pulls features from games like NBA Jam, however lives too much within the world of simulation basketball, which limit the creativity and possibilities for a unique gameplay experience.