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PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
When the final buzzer sounds, Street get serious props for breathing a huge blast of fresh air into what had been Midway?s stinky old locker room. Street has staked its claim on the court, easily earning the title of this summer?s latest must-have PS2 game.
For the uninitiated, NBA Street’s three-on-three b-ball reinvents the stale NBA Jam formula, delivering over-the-top hoops with a streetball flair. There are no rules and no fouls as you battle to be the first to score 21, blocking shots and busting off huge dunks, alley-oops, fakes, and a slew of other special moves. The action goes down in either City Circuit mode, which employs a ladder tournament to pit you against all the NBA teams and some street-player squads, or Hold the Court mode, where winning streaks unlock new courts and other goodies.
If you are a fan of any type of basketball games, sports games in general, or just looking for one of the top five games for the PlayStation 2, look no further. NBA Street is really that good. It combines innovation, good graphics, a good single player mode, a great multi-player mode, and a whole lot of fun.
PlayStation 2Game Vortex
It's very hard to give a 100 percent to a game. Had it not been for the load times, and minutely unfair AI, NBA Street would have hit the century mark. Fortunately, these minor flaws are easy to get over, and only noticeable if you're picky. NBA Street is truly a must have game for any sports fan, fanatic or leisure. I've never had as much fun playing this type of game, and NUFX , and EA Big have definitely put something out worth buzzing about.
PlayStation 2Power Unlimited
NBA Street is de bete fun basketbalgame sinds NBA Jam furore maakte. De b-ball liefhebbers mogen 'm dus niet missen.
Through its brilliant use of an SSX-styled trick system and the way that the developers have managed to make blocked shots as important and every bit as exciting as slam dunks, NBA Street has taken the arcade basketball genre to all-new heights. If you're a fan of sports, basketball or arcade styled games in general, this is a must-have title that's easily one of the best games that the PlayStation 2 has to offer. Go buy it now, I promise you, you won't regret.
NBA Street has enough unlockable items and options to make it worthwhile as a single-player game. While two-player games eventually boil down to a frustrating battle of who can shake defenders long enough to unleash a gamebreaker, the two-player mode still manages to be a lot of fun as well. Anyone looking for a fast-action basketball game that isn't afraid to tinker with Midway's stock formula will definitely find a lot to like in NBA Street.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
NBA Street is the true superstar of arcade basketball. Unlike yearly updates from Midway, you can tell EA really wanted to make Street stand out as a masterpiece of blacktop brilliance. Modes, commentary, graphics, AI, and every other facet couldn't be much better. A manual instant replay feature is about the only thing I could ask for. This has become my favorite PS2 game thus far, and is The Answer for gamers looking for some creativity in their next-gen sports.
PlayStation 2Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
While there are a few minor problems with NBA Street, such as graphics that could have benefited from a few more transitional animation frames, or a multiplayer mode that ignores cooperative play, the package as a whole is exceptional. Blending beautiful graphics, crisp frame rates and a whole court-full of fun together in a wonderful mélange, the over-the-top action of NBA Street will carve a permanent grin on any basketball fan’s face. Even those who aren’t enamored of the hard court will appreciate the distinctly arcade sentimentality and the title’s willingness to bend the rules in the name of fun. With SSX, EA Sports BIG proved that they could make a very cool, but limited audience, sport appeal to gamers everywhere. With NBA Street, they extend their record of success and, more impressively, manage to create a unique and exceptional experience while working with a sport that has already received dozens of interpretations.
NBA Street is the king of the genre. If you love arcade types of games, or basketball games, this will fit the bill. Whether you're a fan of NBA games or not, you're sure to enjoy this one.
Nach dem Erfolg, den EA Big mit SSX verbuchen konnte, schlägt auch NBA Street voll ein: Für Einzelspieler zwar nicht der Überflieger in Sachen Motivation, kennt der Spielspaß im rein menschlichen Duell keine Grenzen. Der typische „Ach, einer geht noch“-Faktor, den nicht mehr viele Sportspiele bieten, wird in ungeahnte Höhen getrieben. Und das alles eingepackt in eine ansehnliche Grafik und eine gute Soundkulisse (Minus Joe). NBA Street setzt den momentanen Maßstab für Basketballspiele.
If you thought NBA Jam was worth your time ten years ago, NBA Street should definitely be on your buy list. Even if you normally only play simulation basketball, Street's balance is a fresh of breath air. If you're a casual gamer, or looking for a party game, NBA Street still earns a healthy recommendation. If you're still wary, then it is definitely worth a rent. The only real negative is the fact that you have to leave the last two controller ports empty.
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
Great visuals, and excellent gameplay, NBA Street is the recipe for the best basketball game to date. NBA 2K1, NBA Live 2001, bah! None of them hold up to NBA Street. Despite it being an arcade-based title, this baby is by far the most accurate representation of the sport in terms of finesse and movement, all thanks to the amazing motion capturing. NBA Street is another game that you have to shell out 50 bucks for, first it was Twisted Metal now it's Street. This is a highly recommended purchase, as many other PS2 games such as Red Faction, Dark Cloud and Twisted Metal: Black have become. NBA Street also makes a great 2-player game, invite a friend over for a game 21 with teams of 3. Street's got it all!
PlayStation 2Gaming Target
EA Sports does it again with NBA Street. SSX players will be at home with Street, and it’s addictive enough to get even non-basketball fans into the game. While it’s possible that the replay is a little bit shallow after unlocking everything, you will have to spend a long time unlocking all the secrets, so it will be awhile before it gets boring. Sure, it isn’t perfect, but for basketball on PS2, it’s the best you can get, simulation or not. Street manages to revitalize the stale arcade basketball genre, and hopefully opens the door for more inspired efforts.
PlayStation 2Game Critics
Regardless of the limited options, I still rate NBA Street highly because it sets new standards and changes my perception of what a basketball videogame can and should be. NBA Street doesnt capture every aspect of the sport perfectly and it isnt the end all to the genre. However, after playing NBA Street, I dont think Ill ever be able to look at any basketball videogame the same. The level of player-controlled action and creativity that NBA Street has captured from the game of basketball is momentous. Its contribution in representing the street game and 1-on-1 moves made a strong impression on me.
NBA Street isnt technically groundbreaking in terms of its presentation, but the game still has a better sense of art direction than most videogames. The overall graphic design melds hip-hop, NBA, and comic book sensibilities successfully together for a distinct look. The accompanying sound effects and background music are effective and incorporated well into the game. The graphics were overall clean, animation was smooth, and the player models were bold and expressive. NBA Street also beautifully recreates some of the worlds most legendary playgrounds like New York Citys West 4th and Rucker Parks.
The real key to any game (and a real charm in NBA Street) is its gamebreaker feature. While dribbling, dunking, stealing, and throwing alley-oops, teams tally and amass points for successful moves. Those points, which can grow into the hundreds of thousands, fill up a game meter similar to a 28.8 kbps download bar. When the bar is pegged to the right your team has a gamebreaker shot. This shot gives the team making it one or two-points (two for a three-pointer), and takes that many points away from the opponent. And, when playing to 21 a two or four-point swing is not only a gamebreaker, but often a deal-breaker as well. As the shot is taken or as the player elevates for a rim rocker, the screen shifts to a letterbox mode, now commonplace in EA Sports titles.
Seit NBA Jam hat Action-Basketball nicht mehr soviel Spaß gemacht. Für wen ein Sportspiel nicht immer eine realistische Simulation sein muss, der sollte sich dieses PS2-Spiel nicht entgehen lassen.
NBA Street is one of those rare games that is simply addictive. Even after you've gone through the city circuit mode or the hold-the-court mode, you'll find yourself constantly trying to break records either you or your friends set for individual courts. A great gameplay system, detailed graphics, and easy-to-use control--there simply is no reason for you not to own this game if you don't already have the PlayStation 2 version.
One part your favorite NBA all-stars, one part well-polished gameplay, and three parts attitude. This is Electronic Arts' recipe for one of the most satisfying arcade-infused basketball videogames ever created. It's name: NBA Street. Originally created for the PlayStation 2, the GameCube version sees its release nearly eight months later with several notable improvements in an all-around more polished package. For basketball enthusiasts NBA Street is definitely worthy of your attention, offering up trick-based controls, impressive visuals, tight three-on-three matches, and a rewarding multiplayer mode.
Sound is decent also with a good rap always on to keep up the pace and the great sound of a swish that brings back the memories of playing around the world with friends. All in all this is a great game to buy and defiantly worth your time and money, especially if you got some friends around to play it with. If you liked Madden and Courtside, you will LOVE this. Check it out as soon as you can. Its on shelves everywhere so don't miss it!
Bottom line: if you're a fan of arcade basketball, NBA Street will definitely get your juices flowin'. The playback value is extremely high, so it would be worth your while to get this game.
PlayStation 2Electric Playground
Unfortunately, one can't say anything similar for this title overall. Though an exceedingly fun and rewarding game, NBA Street isn't very original or particularly noteworthy. It's almost as if Electronic Arts' pride and joy has one high-top sneaker in the door leading to greatness, with the other mired in the goop that was an outsider's attempt at capturing the spirit of the inner city. And while you'll enjoy spending time with this wannabe big baller, it's like KRS One broke things down: dope or not, there's something to be said for keepin' it real.
PlayStation 2Game Revolution
NBA Street is a hugely fun b-ball game that hoop fans can't do without. It's got tons of character and solid gameplay. While the depth of sims like the NBA Live series is missing, NBA Street manages to capture the excitement and energy of the street ball most of us are far more familiar with. A good buy.
GameCubeGame Freaks 365
Overall, NBA Street is an incredibly deep game. It has a great Franchise/Season mode that gives you different types of players and cheats for the created team you get off the bat. If you even start to get into this game and like it, you will find plenty here to get your moneys worth.
If you have a Gamecube, NBA Street will be a great addition to your library. The single player will eventually get repetitive after going through Hold the Court and City Circuit modes but if you are into multiplayer this is a can’t miss game.
PlayStation 2Super Play
Och eftersom det tar lång tid att skapa en fullärd lirare är det just detta inslag som får mig att börja om från början när det sista motståndarlaget är besegrat. Finner man inte idén tilltalande är det dock möjligt att spelet känns aningen kort.
PlayStation 2Gamezone (Germany)
Electronic Arts hat mit diesem Basketball-Spiel einen echten Knüller geschaft. Weg von der Norm der Lizenz-Meisterschaften, und auf in den Straßenkampf. Hier ist nicht nur gefragt, wer gewinnt, nein auch der Style ist wichtig... auf welche Art bringt man den Ball in den Korb. Sie können originale Profis aus den renomierten Manschatfen der NBA auswählen, aber auch eigene Spieler erstellen. Spielen sie sich hoch und erwerben einige Goodies. In Grafik und Gameplay steht diesem Ballspiel nichts nach, und die Präsentation ist einfach sehenswert... ganz im Stret-HipHop-Style.
NBA Street, c'est le retour en force d'un style de jeu purement arcade qui nous avait déjà fait vibrer quelques années auparavant. Mouvements d'extra-terrestres, absence de règles strictes et animations hallucinantes le tout avec un gameplay solide teinté d'innovations. Les fanas de playgrounds et de basket spectaculaire risquent de se régaler avec ce titre où seul le fun est roi. Seul petit bémol, la durée de vie assez courte en mode solo et quelques petits problèmes au niveau de l'intérêt sur la durée mais malgré cela, ce titre restera dans les annales comme la nouvelle référence du genre sur PlayStation 2.
Enfin du très bon basket sur PS2. NBA Street a tout ce qu'il faut pour satisfaire les amateurs du genre : ambiance fun et survoltée, matches spectaculaires et réalisation impeccable. EA Sports nous offre ici un titre exemplaire qui ne pourra déplaire qu'aux allergiques de l'arcade.
PlayStation 2All Game Guide
NBA Street has multiple play modes, including a tutorial session by Joe "The Show," a City Circuit mode allowing you to unlock hidden players and customize your team with NBA players and street legends, and Hold the Court, which focuses on obtaining trick points to unlock items such as apparel that can be used in the Create Player mode. Individual profiles as well as statistics, such as winning percentage, points scored, and overall trick points, can be saved to memory card.
NBA Street makes a great multiplayer as well as single player game, although unfortunately EA missed a great opportunity and did not include Multi Tap support (so you can only play with a maximum of 2 players). This fault aside the game is one of the most enjoyable basketball games in the history of computerised basketball, a title that beats Midway's previous efforts hands down. Basketball enthusiasts should enjoy NBA Street immensely but some fans may prefer the simulation feel of EA's NBA Live series rather than this arcade-based variant. Either way EA have made sure that basketball aficionados are well catered for, and have further solidified their position as the best sports game developer for the PS2.
Attention all wannabe street-ballers out there: NBA Street is the game for you! That is, assuming you haven't played it before. NBA Street's greatest flaw is the fact that it is a port. It seems as if every great third-party GameCube game was released on the PSone or PS2 first. NBC airs commercials that say, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" to promote re-runs of their hit shows in the summer. It's best to apply that logic here.
PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic
My biggest beef is how the computer insists on keeping the contests artificially close. A tournament mode lets you advance through the ranks, earning new players and opening new courts. NBA Street rates very high on the fun meter, but where's the four-player mode?