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Inside Hotwire 3D (May 08, 2008)
In the audio front, the play-by-play commentary from Chuck D is pretty good and we’re just glad that he doesn’t repeat the script too much. The sound effects fair better than most street ball games out there but the musical piece is somewhat subdued. NBA Ballers: Chosen One is a solid basketball game. It delivers what casual players want, which is an arcade-style sports title, with outrageous dunks, impressive locales, incredible NBA roster to match up against, and most importantly a fun gameplay. Controls are little unresponsive in some areas but sleek presentation has ways of you forgetting that. If you’re looking for one-on-one in your face basketball experience that suit your casual style, then NBA Ballers: Chosen One is the right package for you.
Regardless of the areas this game could improve in or expand, it hard to argue with it too much when you kick the ball over your head into the basket or breakdance during a game.
Game Tap (Apr 22, 2008)
In the end, this is one of the tougher games to actually give a score to as I love the one-on-one game and can see Ballers as a game that stays in rotation whenever friends come over talking junk about my skills on the sticks, but at the same time, I don't recommend the single-player experience at all (unless you want to see the cool boss intros). When I got this game, I was hoping for a Kobe. Instead what I'm left with is more of an Odom. Not bad by any means, just not the superstar I was looking for.
Game Informer Magazine (May 15, 2008)
Overall, NBA Ballers: Chosen One offers a decent arcade basketball experience, but its short single player and weak online options ultimately keep it from unseating the current street champ, NBA Street Homecourt.
Cheat Code Central (Apr 25, 2008)
NBA Ballers: Chosen One is definitely a game that focuses on its themes rather than gameplay or functionality. The theme is definitely the building of your "baller" status, though the process of doing so is sometimes nonsensical given the rule system and gameplay mechanics. Still, playing among friends or online can prove for fun times as you get a taste of the baller life - even if it is from you're living room.
HardGamers (Jun 06, 2008)
Je l'avoue très vite, le plaisir a disparu chez moi en jouant en solo à ce jeu. Peut-être que la partie multijoueur est plus agréable, mais honnêtement je n'ai pas trouvé de gens avec qui jouer les fois où je me suis connecté et n'ayant qu'une seule manette je n'ai pas pu tester ce jeu à plusieurs sur la même console. C'est vraiment dommage de voir à quel point l'emballage en dehors des matchs est vraiment pas mal du tout et que malheureusement dès qu'on s'attaque au jeu de basket en lui-même le niveau est très loin de ce a quoi on s'attendrait pour avoir du plaisir. Maintenant Midway a deux ans pour améliorer son produit et vu les lacunes qui sont présentes, cela ne devrait vraiment pas être difficile !
GamesRadar (Apr 22, 2008)
One-on-one basketball is ritual humiliation. Bounce the ball off your opponent’s head, wave it in front of his face, snatch it away, fake him out and leave him crumpled on the floor, but don’t slam it into the basket until you’ve told him at least five juicy facts about his mom. We’ve played GTA, Manhunt and that naughty Mass Effect, but no videogame has filled us with such murderous rage as NBA Ballers did. It’s the most infuriating thing ever.
ZTGameDomain (May 06, 2008)
Overall NBA Ballers: Chosen One suffers from great ideas not coming together in the end. The combo system is a fantastic addition; let's just hope the problems are ironed out before the next outing. The multi-player is still addictive and beefing up your baller is simple enough for anyone to enjoy, but the problems float a bit too close to the surface for fans of the genre to ignore.
IGN (Apr 21, 2008)
Overall NBA Ballers: Chosen One delivers more of the same gameplay from the Xbox version, but with new additions that do nothing but hurt the overall formula. The multiplayer action is still fun if you can get enough friends to sit down and play with you, but that’s probably not enough to warrant the sixty dollar expenditure.
GameSpy (May 05, 2008)
While Ballers hits from long-range with pretty graphics and plenty of Cribz-esque intros and unique elements, it clangs off the rim a bit with its Chosen One storyline execution. But if you're in it for a rental, or to have a party game to bust out from time to time, Ballers is still worthy of a roster spot.
GameDaily (Apr 29, 2008)
With that said, it's not a great one, either. NBA Ballers: Chosen One has its moments, but none of them justify dropping $59.99. Midway just didn't do enough to flesh out the street ball experience. Otherwise, this could have been the new NBA Jam we've craved. As it is, it's just a passable bball game that's worth a rental to extract its Xbox 360 Achievement points. Ball up.
Darkstation (May 19, 2008)
As good as the game could have been, you cannot manage to overlook the fact that the experience just isn't up to par with other basketball games that are out there right now. A trip back to the drawing board would probably be the best bet for the developers as this is a game that has some good intentions but not great execution.
Daily Game (May 05, 2008)
NBA Ballers: Chosen One tries to do too many things at once, never really succeeded at any of them. You're probably better off buying last year's NBA Street in the bargain bin; it's much more fun.
PSX Extreme (Apr 30, 2008)
All in all, NBA Ballers Chosen One is an enormous disappointment from a series that started off extremely strong. Midway has failed to enhance the experience, and has instead given us, what seems to be an incomplete product, void of features, substance, user control, and depth. Its only appeal is decent visuals, but its broken gameplay will quickly make you forget about it. If you're looking for a solid arcade basketball game, then I suggest tracking down a copy of NBA Street Homecourt instead, which shouldn't run you more than $30. You get a much better game, at half the cost.
GameTrailers (May 13, 2008)
Basketball should be fast-paced and fluid, yet Chosen One constantly slams on the brakes with impractical design decisions. Irritating computer AI, frustrating challenges, sloppy controls, and an over-reliance on performing specific combos to win are not what you want in a street ball game. While the multiplayer aspect has more legs than the single-player game, primarily since you can set up the rules to your liking, most will find the price of admission too costly. Save the money slated for this game towards a new pair of Air Jordans. They look better and are guaranteed to offer more mileage.
Power Unlimited (Jul 07, 2008)
Midway weet opnieuw een goed idee om zeep te helpen door de boel niet netjes af te maken. En daar helpen nog geen honderd denderdunks tegen.
ripten (May 24, 2008)
NBA Ballers: Chosen One really falls short of being a good game and is just mediocre at best. Much of the gameplay is redundant and the whack player controls don’t help at all. Other than the somewhat entertaining Story Mode and playing with a friend, most of the other modes are pretty lame. With NBA Street: Homecourt available to play, I don’t see why anyone would pick up this game over that. Hopefully, Midway can learn a few things from EA’s real “Chosen One”.
GameSpot (Apr 23, 2008)
NBA Ballers: Chosen One deserves credit for trying to bring some new ideas to a genre that isn't known for mixing things up. But while many of these ideas may have seemed good during the design phase, they don't work in the context of the actual gameplay. There's no reason to pick this one up, regardless of how bad you need a basketball fix--there are plenty of cheaper, better options available.
GameZone (Apr 29, 2008)
Underneath the flawed appearance and inconsistent rules, I had hoped for a game that would still be a part of the NBA Ballers legacy; a game that would stay in my PS3 for months to come. And it might have – if we were in 1990. Nowadays we're used to big players, vibrant colors and the shiny glow that only high-def games can bring. Putting everything else aside, Chosen One is a severely damaged game. Most notably, it doesn't feel seamless. When you pick up the controller for the first time, no connection is made. Win or lose, the player won't be excited. Frustrated, maybe. Bored, possibly. And though you may hope this will change as the game progresses, how can it? There are only so many ways you can play a game of on-on-one or two-on-two. New rules and restrictions don't change the game of b-ball, not when the game itself lacks the edge and resilience of if its PS2 predecessor.
Maxim Magazine (Apr 21, 2008)
Midway's mad scientists went into a laboratory and attempted to splice the DNA of a basketball game with the DNA of a fighting game, with the genetic material of MTV's Cribs mixed in for good measure. The results: What they created is a monster that the local torch-wielding villagers had to chase into the old windmill.
50 (Apr 30, 2008)
Ballers had everything going for it, a NBA license, some good-looking graphics, a great perspective on what basketball is like for non-NBA stars and some fun "streetball" gameplay concepts. Somewhere down the line, the free-throw was missed, and thus it flounders in being average mainly due to the online aspect being a saving grace. Ballers stays on track with a few fresh ideas but will largely be forgotten. Maybe some time on the bench and a fresh playbook will improve any future iteration of the series.
Worth Playing (May 10, 2008)
As expressed above, NBA Ballers: Chosen One is frustrating in many respects, not the least of which is that if you cut through the clutter, you can see that the core is there for an enjoyable game. The most basic mechanics ? shooting, stealing, juking ? are all in place, but all of the layers that are piled on top ruin the experience. The title tries to do too much, and the entire thing collapses under the weight of it all. Due to the unique licensing agreements of the NBA, it will be two years before we see another NBA Ballers game. Hopefully during that time, the staff at Midway will actually get out on the court and shoot some hoops and remember what made NBA Jam a success so many years ago. If you really need a basketball fix this spring, you'd be better served grabbing one of the more traditional NBA games, as Chosen One has chosen to be a waste of time and money.
45 (Apr 29, 2008)
Nearly an identical, less-than-stellar experience on the PS3 or 360 (save for knowing what you unlock after each episode on the PS3), NBA Ballers: Chosen One feels like a step back for the arcade genre. Commendation is due for trying a different approach to street ball, but when plagued with so many issues, there’s not much reason to cough up the dough with summer just around the corner, with too many other potentially-good titles in the pipeline.
NBA Ballers: Chose One offers some fun for a limited amount of time, provided that you're willing to wrestle with the controls at first. Really, there's no excuse for the lack of a tutorial, especially with so many brand-new concepts being introduced. Any other missteps pale in comparison to how unapproachable the game becomes for not teaching newcomers how to play it. With other, better street basketball games available, NBA Ballers: Chosen One is definitely one to be skipped.
Giant Bomb (Apr 28, 2008)
It has some nice animations and the player models look great, and it’s actually pretty decent, in small doses. But everything about the gameplay feels really mechanical and absolutely inorganic, like nothing you’re doing with the controller feels connected to the moves that are coming out on the other end. Chosen One’s canned moves and button-mashing minigames make it feel like a relic from the PS2 and Xbox era. It’s going to take a pretty serious overhaul for Ballers to get up to date and compete.
G4 TV: X-Play (Apr 23, 2008)
Though there’s only one real flaw of note in Ballers: Chosen One, it’s a pretty major one. It takes everything good about the game’s design (and there’s a lot) and ends up rendering it almost moot. If you don’t care too much about precise game play, Chosen One is a good, brainless time. Otherwise, the game just becomes infuriating.
1UP (Apr 22, 2008)
The real shock is that, nearly 14 months later, Chosen One doesn't live up to the tech, the style, or the ambition of EA's Homecourt. The game has far too many flaws -- and far too little polish and juice to make it worth playing.
Gaming Age (May 14, 2008)
All in while, while not my cup of Gatorade, there are some things that die-hard arcade ballers will find interesting. I, in all honesty, was a big fan of this genre 5 years ago, but now it all just feels dated. In the case of NBA Ballers: The Chosen One, not only is concept stale, but some of the new features hurt the game more than help push it to the next level. Rent this one before you buy.
This latest NBA Ballers seem to have been built in a vacuum. Outside of the player faces, the generation-straddling visuals are awfully amateruish, especially when compared to those in rival (and the real chosen one) NBA Street: Homecourt.