Excerpt: NBA is the first and only basketball game available at the launch of the PSP. Unfortunately, these two points turn out to be the game's only notable distinctions since the game itself is a rather lackluster basketball experience. Being the first out of the gate does come with its advantages, namely there's little to be compared with.
Excerpt: Features 1-2 Players Memory Stick Duo – 672 KB Wi-Fi Compatible (Ad Hoc/Infrastructure) I will admit that I do enjoy my sports games when playing videogames. When Sony made the announcement that they were entering the portable gaming business with their PSP I had no idea that it would be flooded with sports titles. Everything from Golf to Soccer has made it way to this powerful little machine.
Excerpt: As just about every gamer knows, basketball games are an inevitable part of any hardware launch. Not only is it a competitive sport that appeals to casual and hardcore gamers alike, it’s a relatively easy game that can demonstrate the capabilities of a new system. So it’s no surprise that one of the launch titles for Sony’s PSP would focus on hoops. 989 Studios took on the task of miniaturizing its B-Ball franchise onto the newly launched handheld.
Excerpt: , but instead of that, they've come through with an NBA game for the launch of the PSP. Does the game deliver a solid NBA experience for Sony's new handheld, or does 989 clank one off the rim?
Excerpt: You have to admit it, anticipation is never high when Sony announces a sports game. So when NBA was announced for the PSP, I honestly wasn't as thrilled about it as say...Ridge Racer or WipeOut Pure. But nevertheless, I was curious to see if 989 could maybe have put together a somewhat decent hoops game for the launch of the console. My curiosity was quickly answered when I actually got the game in my hand.
Excerpt: 989 Sports has had some bad luck with their basketball titles on the PS2 lately. In fact, they even took the 2005 game off their schedule in order to regroup and figure out how to improve the quality of their NBA Shootout title. Unfortunately, even though the latest offering on the PSP may be much better than their last NBA game, it still needs some major work.
Excerpt: As a basketball game developer, 989 Sports has been riding the pine for a while. After the unmitigated disaster that was NBA Shootout 2004 on the PlayStation 2, 989 sent itself to the bench in order to regroup several of its sports franchises. NBA for the PSP represents the developer's roundball comeback. And while NBA is a definite improvement over 989's last hoops effort, there's still a great deal of improvement left to make.
Pros: Ad-hoc wireless works well, Includes mini-games and season mode
Cons: Shooting system is awkward, Graphics and sound not that great, Animations are awkward, Control can feel stilted