TV Sports: Basketball Reviews (Amiga)

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The One (Apr, 1990)
But above all, TV Sports: Basketball is tremendous fun to play, whether you work your way up the league or battle it out with three mates in an exhibition game - and when you reach the closing seconds of the fourth quarter with you trailing by a single point, you realise just how realistic it all is!
Numerous additions to the gameplay such as time-outs, foul-outs, full team-editing and league saving, and even an instant replay (with rewind and fast-forward!) make this the complete Basketball simulation. An absolute must for anyone remotely interested in team sports.
Amiga Joker (Apr, 1990)
Traurig aber wahr: Wirklich gute Sportspiele sind am Amiga bis heute immer noch die berühmte Ausnahme von der Regel. Aber wenn sich Cinemaware an das Thema wagt, ist der Erfolg fast schon vorprogrammiert!
CU Amiga (Mar, 1990)
Basketball is big – almost as big as Oliver North – in the land of apple pie. Many reserved Britons fail to see the attraction of a dozen men, each in excess of six foot in height, bouncing balls through nets and squeaking their Adidas trainers, but that is their loss. The rules are quite simple. Five players, no physical contact, no holding the ball for more than three seconds and all on a court no bigger than a hundred feet long.
Zzap! (May, 1990)
From humble beginnings basketball has developed into a modern sport with highly paid professionals playing in America's NBA Championship. Cinemaware, however, have their own league: the CWBA, with 28 teams (any of which can be human or computer controlled) competing in four divisions. Teams may be edited to change players' abilities and names.
Joystick (French) (Mar, 1990)
Une simulation complète englobant tous les aspects de ce sport noble et généreux pour les amateurs du genre.
Power Play (Apr, 1990)
Ein Jahr ist es her, seit das kalifornische Softwarehaus Cinemaware die Sportspielwelt auf den Kopf stellte. Mit "TV Sports Football" präsentierten die Macher so erfolgreicher Spiele wie "It came from the Desert" und "Defender of the Crown" eine spannende Simulation des amerikanischen Nationalsports. Das Einmalige an dem Programm waren die grafisch erstklassige Aufmachung im Stil einer Fernseh-Übertragung sowie die umfangreichen Statistiken, in denen Sport-Fans wühlen können. Das TV Sports-Konzept wurde jetzt ein wenig aufgeschüttelt und zusammen mit einer anderen Sportart serviert - fertig ist "TV Sports Basketball".
Die Gestaltung der Spielersprites sowie deren Animation geriet eher mittelprächtig. Während die Basketball-Recken nur im Uni-Look auf dem Court agieren, fielen die eigentlicher Bewegungen doch wirklichkeitsnah aus. Zu allem Übel leidet der Animationsfluß zusehends unter steigender Spielerzahl, so daß alle zehn Akteure zugleich ein erschreckendes Ruckeln und Zuckeln auf der Screen zaubern. Ansonsten orientiert sich TV SPORTS BASKETBALL eng an dem Regelwerk des Basketballsportes sowie dessen Spielformen (Hakenwürfe, Dunks, Blocks etc.). Vermißt habe ich dagegen die taktischen Varianten während des Spieles, die sich leider nur auf die Abwehrarbeit beschränken. Die Soundeffekte halten sich ebenso in Grenzen. Enttäuschend!!
Amiga Format (May, 1990)
The dividing line between accurate simulation and playable arcade game is often considered a narrow one. Unfortunately, Cinemaware's latest offering falls on the wrong side of the line. TV Sports: Basketball is packed with information to make it one of the most stunningly accurate sports simulations ever, but the actual game sections are severely lacking in gameplay. Stopping the opposite players form storming past your team and scoring every time is virtually impossible - a task which isn't helped by the unruly and badly-implemented control system. It's hard to believe that the team who brought us the superbly-presented and wonderfully-playable TV Sports Football can have come up with a product that is likely to put people off the game of basketball for life.
Amiga Power (May, 1991)
No gameplay and poor control make this a terrible buy.