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: 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: The original NBA Ballers brought a breath of fresh air to the arcade basketball genre in 2004 with its focus on one-on-one play and a story mode that glamorized the bling-bling lifestyle of NBA players. Two years later, the NBA has outlawed gaudy hip-hop style on the sideline, and NBA Ballers Phenom has also scaled back its fashion sense accordingly, showing Chauncey Billups in business casual on the cover instead of an iced-out Stephon Marbury wearing a velour warm-up...
Pros: Lengthy story mode, with tons of content to explore and unlock, Same great style and animations, Still fun to do act-a-fool moves and throw the ball off the heezy, Online one-on-one action
Cons: Gameplay feels largely the same, Graphics engine starting to look a little dated
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: You can't really blame Konami for churning out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games on the frequent basis that it does. It's a highly visible license based on a highly popular Saturday morning cartoon series, and, despite the fact that each and every one of the games produced for this console generation has peaked at middling levels or bottomed out in the dregs of action gaming, these games continue to sell, and sell well.
Pros: Four turtles onscreen at all times, Less of the horrible platforming from Battle Nexus, Turtles in Time is unlockable
Cons: Bland, repetitive action made worse by the game's simplicity, Few bits of gameplay variety aren't especially good, Recycled graphics and sound, Ultimate turtle mode and character upgrades don't stand out as very effective or useful
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.
Excerpt: When NBA Ballers was shown off for the first time last year, it created a good number of skeptics. Despite the fact that Ballers is a one-on-one game instead of three-on-three, the hip-hop soundtrack and streetball theme may have led some to believe that Midway was just trying to cash in on the success Electronic Arts had with the NBA Street series.
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.