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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.4
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.6
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.0
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
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Overall User Score (7 votes) 3.5

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IGN (Nov 18, 1999)
While the speed of the game is impressive and the action is non stop, the sum total of all the little omissions here and there do add up and dampen the spirit of the game enough to notice. No replays, missing sound samples and choppy scoring animations may not seem like much by themselves but taken together they all point to one thing. This game was rushed and/or a low priority. Even if we forgive the missing sound because of the N64's weak audio capabilities, we can't overlook other clues of laziness. In the create-a-player mode there is still the option to choose your guy's jersey number even though there are no jersey numbers anywhere in the game. Showtime is the best two on two basketball arcade experience on the N64 period. I just can't escape the nagging feeling that this game could've been done a little better with just a little more time or effort or both.
NBA Showtime may be about as blatant an attempt to continue to cash in on the success of a prior franchise as I’ve ever seen, but you’ll find selling out is sweet in this particular case. This title isn’t quite as awe-inspiring as NFL Blitz, but it still does a fine job of delivering the kind of attitude and addictive, action-oriented basketball game you’d hope for. Provided you can overlook the poor quality of the visuals, the omissions lost in the title’s transition from the arcade to the home version, and the total lack of originality, you’ll be in for a treat whether playing alone or with several friends. NBA Showtime may not be destined to make as much of an impact as NBA Jam, but trust me, it’s still jammin’.
NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC is one of those games that isn't innovative, technically advanced or terribly deep for its time. But it's just so much fun that you can't help but play it over and over -- notably with two or more players. If you want the magic of the original NBA Jam rekindled, give NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC a shot.
Enhancing the excitement four-fold, multi-player is what launches this game into the spotlight. Within a brief twelve minute round, clouds of taunt and laugher will pour, respect will be rewarded, pride will be surrendered, and instant rematches will be challenged. Just goes to show that a home translation can set a console on fire just as it did in the arcades if its most priceless value is preserved.
Grafisch steht NBA Showtime in keiner Relation zu der Automaten- oder der Dreamcast-Version. Die N 64-Fassung läuft zwar schneller als ihr Automatenvorbild, doch dieser vermeintliche Vorteil wurde mit einer drastischen Reduzierung des Detaillevels teuer erkauft. Die Alter Egos an ihren Gesichtszügen eindeutig zu identifizieren, ist unmöglich. Auf einem kleineren TV-Schirm tummeln sich so zwangsläufig eine Menge Fremde, da man die Spieler weder optisch erkennen kann, noch ihre Namen richtig zu lesen vermag.
GameSpot (Nov 19, 1999)
It's not perfect, but NBA Showtime is still a fun four-player game, and it's worlds better than the team's last N64 arcade basketball translation, NBA Hangtime. Give it a three-day rental, and see if you're left hungry for more.
Gaming Age (1999)
Incredibly addictive, this is a terrific multiplayer title that can provide hours and hours of fun with a couple of friends. Be warned, though, there seems to be a heavy amount of competitiveness brought out in NBA Showtime that can bring some vengeful vents from people. Naturally, I found out that fact the hard way. Grab the Dreamcast version of this game if you can, but the Nintendo 64 game still comes highly recommended.
Showtime is almost exactly the same as the old NBA Jam arcade games. The graphics are now polygonal, but they're so lacking in detail, you'd almost wish the programmers stuck with sprites. The sound is almost exactly the same, and the gameplay offers nothing new. If you've never played the Jams series, you'll enjoy the gameplay, but if you own any version at all of this franchise, then you'll find nothing to get excited about in Showtime.

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