Excerpt: Well, at least they got the title right. NBA Unrivaled truly may be without rival…as the worst basketball game ever made. Bizarre animations. Idiotic player AI. Ugly visuals. Unresponsive controls. Annoying sound effects. Developer ACRONYM Games has run the table here, screwing up so much of this Xbox Live Arcade game that it is virtually unplayable.
Pros: Plenty of licensed teams
Cons: Bizarre animations make it almost impossible to play, Awkward, unresponsive controls, Low camera angle obscures the on-court action, Terrible artificial intelligence, Awful graphics, annoying music and on-court sound effects
Excerpt: should help confirm what Tecmo fans have been angrily realizing for the last decade: The company has no idea how to update its classic sports franchises for modern consoles.
Pros: Features full NBA license., Shiny courts., Rainbow turbo effects.
Cons: Disgraces a great franchise., Limited features, poor presentation., Significantly overpriced.
NBA Unrivaled - 360 - Review
14 November 2009
Excerpt: NBA Unrivaled wants to believe that it's NBA Jam reincarnated. However, there are a few key differences that keep this from being an outright clone (whether that's a good thing or a bad thing depends largely on your opinion of NBA Jam.) And while most of the differences are actually for the worse, the core gameplay is still there making this a fun, if flawed, arcade basketball experience.
Conclusion: In the end, NBA Unrivaled just didn’t live up the title it was given. To true be unrivaled, you expect the included features and gameplay experiences to be better or worse than other games of a similar nature. NBA Unrivaled falls in between. It pulls features from games like NBA Jam, however lives too much within the world of simulation basketball, which limit the creativity and possibilities for a unique gameplay experience.