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88
IGN (Nov 16, 1999)
In the end, this sort of up-and-down opinion swing characterizes NBA Showtime quite well. If you're not obsessed with a sim-style basketball experience, then NBA on NBC remains an excellent arcade title, packed with intensity and personality. While it may falter on occasion as a single-player experience, the multi-player aspects of Showtime will be more than enough to satisfy any video game b-ball fan and will go a long way towards pleasing the casual gamer, as well. If this sounds like you, then you'd be well-advised to pick this one up, as it's the best homegrown arcade hoops title we've seen to date.
85
Video Games (Feb, 2000)
Wer von allzu bierernsten Simulationen die Nase voll hat, ist hier genau an der richtigen Adresse. Besonders mit mehreren Kumpels macht dieses Game einen höllischen Spaß. Und auch alleine ist dieses Spiel immer wieder für eine Runde zwischendurch gut - so wie der Automat halt. Bessere und vor allem spektakulärere Dunks gibt's nirgends zu sehen.

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82
Mega Fun (Jan, 2000)
NBA Showtime weiß durchaus zu gefallen. Zwar macht der Titel in Single-Player-Mode aufgrund der unausgewogenen KI deutlich weniger Spaß als im Spiel zu viert, dennoch ist das Game klar auf den Fun-Aspekt ausgelegt. Die feine Optik wie auch der sehr gute Sound passen hervorragend zu den meterhohen Sprüngen und brennenden Körben.
80
Queda claro entonces que NBA Show Time no pretende ser un simulador al uso, pero ahí radica su especial encanto. Y como además tiene el mejor modo multijugador de Dreamcast hasta ahora, las horas de juerga frente al televisor están garantizadas.
80
Planet Dreamcast (Nov 22, 1999)
If you like NBA Jam or like NFL Blitz and enjoy basketball, get NBA Showtime. If you've got friends to play against, you definitely want this in your collection. NBA Showtime isn't for everyone, but those of you that enjoy Midway's style of sports games won't be disappointed.
78
Gamezilla (Jan 10, 2000)
If you are looking for a game to play with your friends, this game is a blast. If you are looking for a game to play by yourself, you will not have as much fun in the long term as in the short. There are some really cool dunks and dunk animations but after you play a dozen games, you will have seen most of them. The player faces are so real it is almost unbelievable. I guess if you are looking for some fast paced, arcade action or if you loved the old Jam games, you should be in heaven.
75
Game Revolution (Jan 01, 2000)
The additions of free-throws keep the game from becoming a shoving match, adding some balance to the multi-player. Add in the updated rosters and familiarity of the classic Jam mechanics, and you'll find the Dreamcast edition a worthy title. Despite the stop-motion glitches and the erratic drones, playing with a gang of pals is fun. While I can't quite say the same for the other versions of the game, if you're starting to get somewhat Blitzed out and are looking for a change of sport, then it's Showtime, baby.
75
GameSpot (Nov 19, 1999)
NBA Showtime is a fun game, but its longevity is directly linked to the number of friends you have who are interested in the game. Playing it alone gets old fast, and playing it with four people who are close to equal in skill is really the only way to go. If you've got the posse, get the game. Otherwise, you may want to rent it for a few days instead.
75
The Next Level (Jan 25, 2000)
In short, it's personal preference against overall gameplay execution and enjoyment. Thus, in no manner does this detract from the pleasure one can derive from playing hours upon hours. The game is relatively challenging, in fact...too much to the point that sometimes you'll feel that the difficulty factor is unbalanced in the AI's favor. Blowing out the computer and then suddenly being brushed aside by computer players who miraculously regain the lead can not only be frustrating to some players, but it invokes a possibility of the game becoming a new coaster (or the controller, self control sold separately). Thankfully, when the CPU either becomes a aggravating burden, there's the option to buddy up or go against a friend...three additional players at that which increases the replay value for Showtime considerably. In fact, I personally recommend that its played with human opponents, as it's a effective game for talking trash talk and subduing the sports ego.
75
Jeuxvideo.com (Dec 14, 1999)
C'est cool une partie de basket sur Dreamcast, ya pas à dire. On en prend une nouvelles fois plein les mirettes, on effectue les trucs les plus durs en appuyant sur un simple bouton, et on peut s'amuser à quatre en même temps. Tout n'est pas parfait, loin de là, et NBA Showtime contentera un public peu exigeant et désireux de s'amuser sans prise de tête. Les perfectionnistes seront déçus.
62
Player One (Dec, 1999)
NBA Showtime est d'un intérêt finalement moyen. Même si vous êtes un accroc de jeux de basket, réfléchissez avant d'acheter.
42
The Video Game Critic (May 12, 2002)
The action is non-stop, and the in-your-face dunks are amazing. Unfortunately, if you don't have four players, this game is pretty worthless. Other problems include a severe lack of options and an excessive number of loading screens. The Matrix-like camera sweeps that happen at the end of each half are meant to look dramatic, but usually just look silly. With some tweaking (or game testing) Showtime could have been great, but instead it's just so-so.


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