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80
Next to NBA Hangtime (and probably Jam T.E.), this is Midway's best entry into their arcade basketball series, even if it doesn't do anything completely original. It's been refined enough to make it to this point without losing any of the fun factor, while adding in some small sim-like options to appeal to a real NBA fan. It may be considered a classic like the earlier games; that doesn't mean it's not worth playing.
74
IGN (Feb 20, 2001)
NBA Hoopz is the standard multi-player sports game for guys who don't play sport games. Easy controls, simple gameplay mechanics,decent visuals, and multi-player capabilities make this an easy choice for party games. As for a single player game, though it contains cool mini-games and nice customization features, the lack of depth in the gameplay and that annoying AI make NBA Hoopz a game that you grab only when you have company over.
69
GameSpot (Feb 15, 2001)
NBA Hoopz for the Dreamcast is the same old song and dance that Midway has been perpetuating for years now. While it's undoubtedly the closest that the series has come to an arcade-perfect console version of NBA Jam, the tired gameplay and the irritatingly cheap computer AI keep Hoopz from being a must-buy. If you haven't had enough of flaming basketball insanity already, Hoopz is a fine addition to your Dreamcast software library. The addictive and fun head-to-head gameplay takes some time to wear out its welcome, and the new options included in the game will pacify NBA Jam veterans enough to warrant a rental.
68
Gamezone (Germany) (Apr 27, 2001)
An und für sich ist dieser Titel gar nicht schlecht, wenn man eher auf Fun im Basketball steht, ist hier viel geboten. Witzige Moves, unglaublich Würfe und vor allem sehenswerte Sprünge, manche Spieler glauben echt, sie seien Superman. Die Grafik und allgemeine Präsentation ist ansehnlich. Auch der Spielfluss ist sehr flüssig. Fazit: Eine Alternative zu NBA 2K ist dieser Titel keines Falls, aber wer Fun möchte!?
65
Power Unlimited (May, 2001)
Tjonge, je wilt niet weten hoe teleurgesteld ik was toen ik eindelijk een balletje ging gooien.
55
HappyPuppy (Mar 07, 2001)
There are a few new mini-games thrown in, and the crazy cheat codes are back, but they're a fleeting distraction at best. This game is worth nothing to people who have played one of these before. I'd still recommend it as a rental for newbies, cause it's a blast for the first few hours, but it quickly morphs into a coaster. I think that there's still potential in this type of game, but I'd be stunned if Midway ever made the changes needed to do it. I'd love to see Visual Concepts convert the NBA2K1 engine into an arcade-style game with over-the-top effects, and some Tony Hawk-style button combos for dunks and blocks. But for now, hoops fans are much better off sticking with the simulations.
50
Ultimately, the most fun to be had with NBA Hoopz is if you have several friends who enjoy fast-action arcade-style sports games, as playing the computer is more or less a chore. You should really only consider buying NBA Hoopz if you are looking for some fast, furious arcade basketball and don't have NBA Showtime, since this game, try as it might, just doesn't do enough to distinguish itself.
50
Jeuxvideo.com (Apr 11, 2001)
NBA Hoopz aura du mal à captiver l'intérêt du joueur plus de quelques heures. Après quelques matches, on se lasse de ces phases de jeu répétitives. La réalisation décevante, en-deçà des capacités de la console, rend peu crédibles toutes ces figures surréalistes. L'amateur de basket aura donc tout intérêt à opter pour un NBA 2K si ce n'est pas déjà fait.