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AceGamez (Mar 25, 2005)
NBA Street V3 is a truly remarkable game - not just the best basketball game ever, but also one of the best games around at the moment full stop. It's a shame that a lot of people will pass this by because it isn't their usual cup of tea; the single player game looks fantastic, plays amazingly and is huge. The multiplayer is also out of this world. While I penalised the Xbox and PS2 versions for their lack of online play (at least in the European version), the lack of online support for Gamecube makes this as good as it gets. As such, it gets the perfect score to match its perfect gameplay.
PGNx Media (Mar 26, 2005)
Overall, NBA Street V3 is one of the most fun games you’ll find for current-generation consoles. You don’t even need to like basketball to appreciate the game. If you played the previous games, this is definitely worth a purchase for the improvements and overall great gameplay.
Lawrence (Feb 23, 2005)
I know I said this before, but I think I need to say it again. V3 is without a doubt the best arcade hoops game out there. If you’re not into the simulation games and love high-flying action, get this game without hesitation. The game does have its share of faults -- the sound and the A.I. -- but the game’s fun factor makes up for all of that. The PS2 and Xbox versions boast the online play, while the Gamecube version has playable Mario, Luigi, and Peach. The game is deeper, longer, and more fun. Why wouldn’t you pick this up?
Nintendojo (2005)
I must admit, I am not a basketball fan. I’m willing to shoot some hoops (or miss them entirely in most cases), but I usually don’t like watching the sport or playing basketball video games. The only reason I bought this game was for Mario, Luigi, and Peach; however, I ended up getting a lot more value out of it than I expected.
Game Over Online (Mar 03, 2005)
These minor issues aside, NBA Street V3 is easily one of the best sports titles that have come along recently. The expansive and highly replayable Street Challenge mode can absorb gamers for months, and the level of customization is truly massive. Couple this with a redesigned, expansive trick and Gamebreaker system and you have a classic game that raises the bar of sports gaming. If you're a basketball fan, you owe it to yourself to get this game.
IGN (Feb 03, 2005)
Kevin Garnett must own stock in EA. Sure, he's one of the best players in the NBA, but even "The Big Ticket" has never dominated a court like he does in NBA Street V3. First you might see KG go off the "heezay", "footay" or even off the "bootay", next thing you know he's taking off from beyond the free throw line, rolling the rock along his arms Globetrotter-style, alley ooping the ball to himself -- while already in the air -- then finishing the dunk off with a spin. The letters KG appear autograph style on the screen, and Garnett even gives you a little dance to rub it in.
92 (2005)
NBA Street Volume 3 featuring Nintendo All Stars s'impose comme la nouvelle référence du genre. C'est un achat conseillé à tous les fans d'Arcade, des précédents volets, et aussi de Mario, qui retrouveront la mascotte de Nintendo en pleine action dans ce titre haut en couleurs. Un titre fort appréciable.
GameZone (Mar 21, 2005)
NBA Street V.3 marks a good progression for the franchise, by retaining true-to-the-series’ core gameplay and making some sweet additions to the formula that would warrant a purchase from those who played the first two games to death. Plus, the draw of Mario, Luigi and Peach throwing it down in a game of street hoops is far too great to ignore.
91 (Feb 24, 2005)
He shoots! He scores! War der zweite Teil der NBA Street-Serie eher ein mehr als gelungenes Update im Comic-Look, ist V3 die Erfüllung für alle Basketball-Fans: Schnelles, intuitives Gameplay, angereichert durch eine perfekte Stick-Steuerung der Tricks und aufgemotzt mit einem durchdachten Karriere-Modus. kann man das Pad nicht so einfach wieder weglegen. Beziehungen der Spieler untereinander müssen beachtet, euer Ruf nicht aus den Augen verloren und nicht zuletzt das Aussehen und die Fähigkeiten eures Spielers an die Bedürfnisse und eure persönliche Spielweise angepasst werden. Und dass mit mehreren Spielern der Punk so richtig abgeht, ist dann schon nicht mehr verwunderlich. NBA Street V3 ist das derzeit beste Funsport-Spiel am Markt und kann jedem empfohlen werden, der auch nur die leiseste Begeisterung für Ballsportarten aufbringen kann – auch wenn die europäischen Spieler wieder einmal das Online-Nachsehen haben.
GameSpot (Feb 08, 2005)
It's been almost two years since the last iteration of the NBA Street franchise, Volume 2. While still a great game overall, NBA Street Vol. 2 wasn't quite the revelation its predecessor was. But now, with the release of NBA Street V3, it's clear that the developers at EA Sports Big clearly haven't been loafing in the off-season. The addition of online play (on the PS2 and Xbox) and a compelling single-player career mode, as well as improvements to the basic game mechanics, make NBA Street V3 the new gold standard of arcade-style basketball games.
NGC Magazine (Mar, 2005)
There's something for everyone in here. Slick, customisable basketball with lots of flair, and a little dash of Mario.
The GameCube version features "guest stars" Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, and a special Nintendo court. If this qualifies as "great news" in your book, there's something seriously wrong with you. Seek medical help immediately.
GamerDad (Nov 07, 2005)
Over-the-top basketball game. Not too much to worry about here other than seeing graffiti on the walls. You might want to explain to children that putting graffiti on walls is usually against the law, unless you own the wall.
NintendoWorldReport (Mar 02, 2005)
In all, the lengthy and replayable Street Challenge mode, multiplayer options, and abundant customization settings make NBA Street V3 a fulfilling package for anyone even slightly interested in basketball (and not completely put off by the hip-hop vibe). EA’s third entry in the NBA Street franchise is a sure shot.
N-Europe (Feb 21, 2005)
2 years has passed since Volume 2 and it was worth waiting; NBA Street V3 comes with a lot of new features and improvements to the previous games. The biggest change has to be the control system with the ‘trick stick’. The introduction of the slam dunk contest and the enhanced career mode injects new life into this franchise and is far from bleeding to dead. So wear your favourite NBA tanktop, grab the controller and create art on the playgrounds.
90 (Feb 19, 2005)
The NBA Street series has always been a great run, and with the release of NBA Street V3 it seems that the series is as strong as ever. I really enjoyed the overall package that NBA Street V3 presents, and would love to see another sequel in the spectacular NBA Street series. A few things could have been given more attention, such as the sound department and face models, but they aren’t big enough to ruin the experience. Overall, NBA Street V3 is a great installment in the NBA Street series and is one of the best, if not the best street sports game created this generation.
GameDaily (Feb 15, 2005)
Oh, well. So the GameCube version doesn't have the stellar online play of the other consoles, and instead offers up Nintendo icons trying to hold their own against the likes of Lebron James and Shaq. But that doesn't make it any less of a ride. NBA Street V3 is a vastly improved game of b-ball, a heaping of extra ice cream on a cake that didn't really need it, but we're happy to have any way. The looks are more visually realized than ever before; the sound, aside from the announcer, is easy on the ears; the gameplay is a lot more unpredictable and entertaining; and the modes are bountiful and worth investing in. If you have four friends looking for a slam-dunk evening of pure, over-the-top basketball, or even if you're just a solo player tinkering with the thought of creating your own legacy, there simply is nothing better on the market. NBA Street V3 is so good, you'll want to tell your mama. Hell, the whole family.
Cheat Code Central (Aug 23, 2005)
Great graphics, no online play and personally the controller just downright blows in my opinion. It's unintuative and aside from the A and B buttons, the button positioning on the Cube was designed by someone who knows nothing about ergonomics or heck, while I'm at it, color schemes, but that's beside the point. What you do get is Mario, Luigi and Peach as playable characters and your own Mushroom Kingdom court to play on. This is a fun novelty but it begins and ends there. Novelty. These characters just don't fit in a basketball game and their appearance is somewhat unsettling.
Some franchises just run out of steam. NBA Jam is one of them. It started off strong – redefining video game basketball as we know it – had a phenomenal sophomore year, then plummeted from grace with such momentum that even those who praised the series wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole. NBA Street is walking directly in the footsteps of this highly influential game, but it has no intention of hanging its shoes up anytime soon. While sticking to the high-flying, rim-rockin’ antics that launched the series to the top of the charts, developer EA Canada has implemented enough exciting new content to make the experience fresh and addictive yet again.
1UP (Feb 08, 2005)
Featuring the expected spread of licensed NBA teams (all 30), plus classic teams of old, as well as classic street courts like New York City's "The Cage" and Rucker Park, Volume 3 gives players a vast selection of players and courts to choose from, and that doesn't count the fictional streetballers, whom players can recruit after victories. These players become a large part of your experience in Volume 3, as your customized player/court/team are all found in the Street Challenge mode, in which you spend earned "street points" on tailoring every aspect of your game. This pool of points can be spent on things like upgrading your custom player's stats (ball-handling, shooting, dunks, etc.), and buying new gear (sneakers, jerseys, headgear, custom-designed sneakers, and more).
GameSpy (Feb 08, 2005)
From the new Trick Stick system to the amazingly deep career mode, nearly everything added to NBA Street V3 works perfectly. There are a few extremely minor problems with the game (mostly relating to the audio aspects), but there's no denying that this may very well be the greatest basketball game ever made, arcade or otherwise. After finishing the career mode for the first time, I found myself hopping right back in for another run, happy in the knowledge that I was in for a brand new experience the second time around. The street life might be tough, but I wouldn't want it any other way.
Oft kann man bei Sportspielen ja ruhig mal ein oder zwei Updates überspringen, weil sich eine Neuanschaffung nicht unbedingt lohnt. Nicht so bei NBA Street V3, denn dank der Neuerungen kommt man als Basketballfan an diesem Spiel nicht vorbei. Quereinsteiger greifen also sofort zu V3, Besitzer von früheren Titeln werden erneut zur Kasse gebeten - bis V4 kommt. Videospiele sind halt ein teures Hobby...
88 (Apr 28, 2005)
NBA Street v3 isn't only a top game for the sports fanatic as even I, someone who finds basketball one of the dumbest sports ever, have really enjoyed this game. It's the perfect title to have a quick game, do some cool moves and several hours later notice that you're still playing. The many unlockable clothing in the shop deliver a longer lifespan for the collector and the Gamecube version has a nice extra in the form of Mario, Luigi en Princess Peach
NZGamer (Apr 08, 2005)
About the only disappointment as far as presentation goes is with the game's sound. Although the actual court sounds of dribbling and dunking are sharp and accurate, the brash DJ Bobbito Garcia is back as courtside MC, and you're probably going to be just as irritated with his loud, abrasive style this time around as you were in NBA Street 2. The music is somewhat better than the announcing, with an obvious hip-hop soundtrack highlighted by the Beastie Boys, and some old-school beats from De La Soul. Still, it seems like the game could have used a few more tracks, as the music seems to get repetitive after a while, especially coupled with MC Garcia.
Between the various editions, I'd personally go with the Xbox's stellar graphics package, but they shine on all three. Heck, you may even have to buy the game twice, since the GC has Mario. I know, shocker...Street that one of the signs of the apocalypse?
USA Today (Jun 22, 2005)
Style, style and more style sums up the presentation of EA's hallmark street franchise. The courts look authentic and D.J. Bobbito Garcia returns with more colorful play-by-play. The music is mostly classic hip-hop and rap artists like House of Pain and the Beastie Boys that fit nicely within the action.
Game Freaks 365 (Feb 22, 2005)
Once the ball gets rolling, NBA Street V.3 is one of the most entertaining sports titles out there. EA Sports BIG has really hit a high note in game development with these extreme-arcade sports titles, including NFL Street and the upcoming FIFA Street. NBA Street V3 is a welcome update to the pioneer of this success, and it is one of the best basketball titles out there.
Gamer 2.0 (Feb 17, 2005)
NBA Street took arcade basketball to a whole new level. To everyone's surprise, NBA Street V3 does that and a lot more. This game not only has an incredible control scheme, but it has so many extras that you probably won't even have to update until V5. Whichever way you look at it, NBA Street V3 is the new pinnacle of the NBA games and is much more fun than any other basketball game in existence--including NBA Jam. If you want to defy gravity, NBA Street V3 is your best mode of transportation.
NBA Street 3 est au basket ce que SSX est aux jeux de snowboard : un heureux métissage entre réalisme et excentricité capable de plaire à tous les joueurs.
Nintendo Difference (Feb 22, 2005)
NBA Street V3 marque donc bien l'arrivée de la série à maturation. Souffrant de défauts seulement mineurs, le titre est un must have pour tous les fans de basket, tant il est riche et fun. Long à 1, le titre est jouissif à plusieurs: une petite bombe, estampillée EA Big encore une fois.
85 (Feb 17, 2005)
Si on note un jeu en fonction des nouveautés d'un épisode à l'autre, disons que NBA Street V3 est un bon titre, cet opus apportant un nouveau concours de dunk, un gameplay plus technique ou encore la création de votre propre terrain. Si on note un titre en fonction du plaisir qu'il procure, NBA Street V3 est un vrai petit joyau. Le graphisme est chatoyant, le fait de personnaliser votre joueur en fonction des Points Street amassés vous incite à jouer encore et encore et le plaisir de jeu est total, pour peu que vous aimiez le genre arcade. Certains pourront regretter l'absence d'un mode Online mais hormis cette petite absence, le résultat final est impeccable de bout en bout. Tous en coeur : I believe i can fly, i believe i can touch the sky.
Worth Playing (Mar 04, 2005)
This is one of the best arcade sports titles to release. Ever. I’m a big sucker for old-school gaming, but for once, I think the new stuff has caught on when it comes to making a game all-out fun for everybody. Volume 3 has the best balance of complex sports gameplay and pick-up-and-play fun out of any other arcade basketballer out there, and that says a lot, looking at the competition. Midway’s NBA Ballers, a sort of spiritual continuation of it’s phenominal Jam series, may be running up some good competition, but EA’s game is the best in town... for now.
All-in-all, NBA Street V3 is a very solid basketball game; probably the best one out there (realistic or no) today. If you weren't really a fan of the previous NBA Street games, V3 is not going to wow you, as it doesn't innovate so much as improve on what it has done before. And, if you're already an owner of Volume 2, you might want to hesitate on picking up V3, since the additions aren't exactly groundbreaking. But, if you're a diehard fan, or skipped out on the second Street, V3 is a great arcade b-ball game, complete with tons of extras, unlockables and customization options. Now get out there are break some ankles!
62 (Mar 23, 2005)
After a couple of games in NBA Street V3, you may well be ready to hit the showers. Unless you're hardcore about basketball, it's hard to imagine that you'll feel much different. In conclusion, if you are a dedicated baller, V3 might keep you company through the cold winter months when street play is hard to come by (at least north of the Mason-Dixon Line), but not for much longer than that.

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