Excerpt: In October of 2005, the NBA instituted a controversial at the time NBA “minimum” dress code that all players would be forced to comply with. Out were throwback jerseys, big chains over T-shirts, sunglasses indoors, and anything else that did not fit David Stern’s explanation of business casual. A full regular season later, few could argue that the dress code was anything short of accepted and followed by the NBA players with very little resistance.
Excerpt: Mean streets. Just when you think there are no more surprises in basketball, no underdogs to root for, no players you can really trust or admire, some autistic kid scores 20 points in his high-school debut. Now that’s special. One might use the same word to describe NBA Ballers: Phenom , though the definition would certainly change.
Pros: Good player models, Tons of unlockables, Undeveloped two-on-two mechanic, Can’t save during long tournaments, Outrageous load times
Excerpt: There are two types of players who are going to either want to play or purchase TMNT 3: Mutant Nightmare. Those who are current fans of the cartoon series, and those who were fans when they were much younger and wish to get a little taste of nostalgia. Along with this, there are two types of reactions that one will have when playing TMNT 3; one will giggle with glee as they make their way through interactive episodes that they've seen on TV.
Excerpt: It’s been eleven years since Midway took the crown of arcade basketball games with NBA Jam. Thanks to their innovative 2-on-2 gameplay in 1993, including the echoing cry of “He’s On Fire,” it took imitators and admirers another 8 years before NBA Street offered even half of the originality and flavor that Jam brought to the sport, incorporating a taste of the playground to the league.
Excerpt: First off, this ain’t yo daddy’s basketball game. Ballers is all about mad skillz on the court while hyping the rich and famous lifestyle of the pros. This should be apparent by Stephon Marbury’s slickness with the rock in one of the intro sequences. In fact, busting flashy moves and faking opponents out of their shoes is just part of the game.
Excerpt: In 2004, you can’t turn on the television to any station short of Lifetime or the Food Network without being inundated with two types of programming: reality shows and shows about “bling bling”. From “Survivor”, “The Apprentice”, and “Dream Job” to “Cribs”, “Players”, and “Rides”, America is in love with real people doing (and celebrities buying), wearing, and driving very unreal things.
Conclusion: I know it might be a minor point, but who slapped the “Ballers” title on this game? I’ll let you make your own jokes, because if I do it the jokes will get out of hand (particularly because Wilt Chamberlain is one of the playable characters). NBA Ballers faces stiff competition with the likes of NBA Street Vol. 2 and NBA Jam already available. What it has going for it most is the one-on-one action, with a hint of RPG flavor.
Conclusion: There are a lot of different factors that go into making Midtown Madness 3 an excellent looking racing title. There are two towns that you will be driving through with a laundry list of different cars. We have already heard that the Gameplay was superb but how do the graphics match up against all of gorgeous racing titles already released for the Xbox. Since there are only two towns (DC, and Paris) you would come to expect some great looking cities.
Conclusion: NBA Ballers is the type of game that won't be out of your machine for very long. It's over the top style and impressive variety will satisfy gamers need for b-ball action. NBA Ballers should not be overlooked.