I'm not usually the kind of person that would buy a basketball related game but, on one Saturday afternoon I did and I haven't regretted it.
I'll concentrate on the gameplay more than anything else because I think we can all accept that the graphics of practically all games these days is top notch.
The menus are easy to navigate, exhibition games are easy to set up and there are four difficulty levels ranging from Rookie to All-Star to keep you interested in the longterm. So far I'm a few games into a league and I've had a few friends over to take advantage of the four player game options. So far I've had no problems with either.
The only thing I found a bit confusing was identifying the abilities of the teams. Not being familiar with basketball teams it took me a little while to figure out that the teams with the lowest numbers were the best as opposed to the usual highest numbers being best.
Once you're in the game the player controls are easy to get to grips with and the games are just as fast and frenetic as the real thing. Even the dribbling tricks and tactics are easy to pull off and set up respectively. The commentary is also effective in providing some added atmosphere and hasn't yet become annoying unlike some of the commentary on the EA Sports sims.
All round it's a solid game that has well rendered graphics and is really playable. I don't often write game reviews but this one deserves some attention. I'll recommend this game highly to both fans of the sport and those looking for something different. 5 Stars
TIP: Watch the timing of your tackles or you'll give away 'reach in fouls' which your opposition will score from for fun.