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It's the best yet in the long line of EA Sports b'ball titles. Besides a faster game engine and new player animations, the new hot streaks and on-the-fly offensive and defensive play-calling make this a must-buy for hoop fans.
Det optimala basketspelet för sportintresserade. Över 300 spelare från den riktiga NBA-ligan.
Overall, NBA Showdown makes it to the Genesis playoffs. Although it doesn't have NBA Jam's FunFactor, it has better realism, which alone makes it worthy.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
NBA Showdown has all the ingredients of a promising title, however, the action is very choppy, robbing this one of the fluidity and gameplay. Still, everybody's favorite team is here and sports fans will probably enjoy it.
The Video Game Critic
Michael Jordan is nowhere to be found, and the black referee from the first three games has been replaced with a white one. The previous two EA basketball game were offensive-minded, but Showdown takes the opposite approach, tightening the defense to the extreme. Every game is a "block party" - any shot attempted with a man in your face will be rejected. The end result is less razzle-dazzle and more emphasis on strategy. Like past games, NBA Showdown is weak in terms of audio. Besides the bounce of the ball, the only sound you hear is "put it up!" as the clocks ticks down. All in all, NBA Showdown was a positive step for the series, but it wasn't quite up to snuff -- yet.
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