Excerpt: Once in awhile I get an email asking me to stop referencing my E3 experiences when writing reviews. The last person even asked when I would stop. I will stop once my memories of games at E3 is exhausted. I am sorry if that offends or bothers you. Other readers enjoy reading about our teams E3 experiences.
Summary: I am the last person to enjoy a sports game. Other than the Olympics and boxing, I don't enjoy real life sports, let alone virtual sports. And yet, there was something intriguing about NBA Baller Beats. Instead of being a basketball simulation game, it's a rhythm game intended to teach you basketball fundamentals. Never one to shy from a challenge, I picked it up, plugged in my long unused Kinect, and took it for a spin.
Excerpt: ' In video games, as in any art form, it's rare to come across something genuinely new and fresh. When that happens, there's bound to be culture shock: you're not quite sure what to make of what you've got in front of you. With NBA Baller Beats, Majesco has given us a framework we've seen before--it's a rhythm game played with the Kinect--but has taken a completely new tack with the format.
Pros: Uses genuine basketball skills, Fun challenges, Can festoon virtual gameplay area with team paraphernalia
Cons: Requires lots of room to play, May annoy neighbors and family members, Lacks much in gameplay variety and depth
Excerpt: You have to hand it to Majesco, it takes balls to come up with a rhythm game that incorporates a real basketball. Think Rock Band/Dance Central meets NBA and you'll have a pretty good understanding of how NBA Baller Beats actually works. Did Majesco reinvent the rhythm genre, or should it have stuck to plastic instruments? Baller Beats is actually a pretty interesting concept, and one that actually tries to tie in the NBA license quite a bit.
Excerpt: After years of motion-based faux-sports games where you mimic pitching, hitting, football passing, and basketball free-throws, NBA Baller Beats actually gives you a regulation basketball and has you practice your dribbling skills. It’s a lofty ambition for a game — and one that entails a bit of sacrifice — but for the most part, your efforts are rewarded.
Pros: + An effective teaching tool that’ll up your game and make you sweat., + A great soundtrack that mixes rap and rock, and works well from a gameplay standpoint.
Cons: ? Will school phys-ed classes use it as an exercise tool?
Rhythm game about dribbling a real basketball to music.
Common Sense Media
19 April 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that NBA Baller Beats is an active game that combines the sport of basketball with music. Players try to bounce a real basketball to the beat of different songs offered in the game. Some of the music contains suggestive lyrics.
Conclusion: You know what they say, if you can't beat 'em, NBA Baller Beats 'em! 5 Footnotes 1 - Group number four is just bored people who are reading things on TA. Sorry, you guys don't get anything more than a footnote. 2 - Puns always intended. 3 - A new retail copy of the game includes a ball, but any basketball will work. 4 - I figured you'd cheat and read the whole thing anyway. 5 - No one says that.
Conclusion: 'Mission: Impossible' is the first box set release to come to Blu-ray and it's pretty darn explosive. For once, the TV ads don't lie -- this one packs plenty of bang for your buck. Great transfers, soundtracks and tons of extras make this one a four-star box set. If you at all like the 'Mission: Impossible' movies, then you'll want to make sure Santa leaves an 'Ultimate Missions' box set under your tree this holiday.