Excerpt: After a less-than-thrilling NBA experience with 989’s NBA , basketball fans finally have a game to get into. Though it’s a slightly cut down version of the console version, NBA Street Showdown still manages to provide a top-notch arcade experience. NBA Showdown delivers in the presentation department. The game sticks to the more realistic-vision of the game seen in NBA Street Volume 3 rather than the over-exaggerated style seen in the game’s first two iterations.
Excerpt: Perhaps the most attractive sports game in the ever widening, Xtreme EA Big! portfolio is the NBA Street series. It’s based on Street Basketball, or Streetball, which is a real and equally popular, if less official, version of the sport or Basketball. In New York basketball mythology, Rucker Park in Harlem and The Cage in Lower Manhattan are every bit as famous as Madison Square Gardens.
Excerpt: What is it about sports that turn people into whooping animals who suddenly get the urge to yell things like "Oh snap!" and "He just juked you out of your socks!"? Well whatever it is the popular line of EA Big sports games have definitely bottled it and smothered it onto a game disc with their ever popular NBA Street series. Never heard of it?
Excerpt: As its title implies, NBA Street Showdown is a street style basketball game featuring NBA superstars. The game shares quite a bit in common with Midway's NBA Jam franchise, which used to be popular during the mid-1990's. Games are 3-on-3, dunks and tricks are commonplace, and you don't have to worry about fouls or free-throws (because they're not in the game). All 30 NBA teams are represented and there are a number of fictional teams and ballers as well.
Excerpt: Electronic Arts delivers another fine handheld adaptation with NBA Street Showdown. While the box shows it to be an NBA Street V3 rip, Showdown takes some of the best parts of the NBA Street series and compresses them to a sharp PSP equivalent. Like the three NBA Street games on consoles, it does not leave much out.
Excerpt: Since the release of the original NBA Street in 2001, the franchise has been the definitive arcade basketball game experience. With NBA Street Showdown, the Street series finally makes its way onto a handheld platform. Though shrunken down into pocket-sized format, Street Showdown still offers much of the same high-flying, rim-rattling action as its big brothers on the home consoles, complete with a career mode, minigames, and head-to-head play.
Pros: Captures the spirit of the console street games, Lots of unlockables and other content, Mini games are fun, Can save in the middle of a match
Cons: Controls can be a bit floaty and unresponsive at times, Rosters are old
Conclusion: NBA Street Showdown seems to share the same syndrome other EA PSP launch titles have. Long on content, but the execution is missing something. Tiger Woods had a filthy loading delay, Need for Speed Underground Rivals had slowdown, and Street Showdown has responsivity niggles. But like the others, it's damn deep for an arcade style game, and the deficiencies are well outweighed by the potential playing time involved.
Pros: You get a whole lot of hoops in a small package, The speed and look has been retained in the transition to small screen
Cons: Teeny control delay makes life tougher than it should be