3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: NBA Street 2 (PS2) (Video Game)
If you liked/remember NBA Jam then you'll love this! This is B-Ball for serious players, nba has not only taken B-Ball to the streets, but back to basics too.
As you'd expect (from EA) this game is fully licensed, featuring both classic ballers, and current nba stars, as well as featured artists and the characters from street vol 1.
This game exudes class from the moment it loads up, the title tracks feature nelly and redman etc and the main menu sees you 'flying' round a few city blocks to get to each sub-menu which is a very cool effect.
The in-game graphics are nothing short of breath-taking, the characters while still somewhat 'characatured' are still surprisingly life-like, and the backgrounds are a pleasure to behold, right down to cars going past in the background and people cheering and reacting when you slam home a super-dunk combo!
Gameplay consists of standard street B-Ball (although you can switch on NBA scoring), and makes the game all the better for it, the simple approach leaves you more time to string together, tricks, dishes, kick=passes and alley-oops till you finally score to whoops of delight from the commentator (DJ Cucumber Slice)... And this is what trasforms this game from 'good' to 'outstanding', DJ Cucumber Slice (Bad name) makes this game fast, frentic and fun, his non-stop commentary on everything happening on court. He disses, cheers, chats, sings, and names various food-stuffs without ever feeling like he's repeating himself, add to this his pre-match chatter and character specific comments and this game brings you right to the street when you play it, making it feel like you're court-side!
The game-breakers play an integral part to this game, and closely matched players will only be separated by who's got skills and who hasn't (you need to trick/pull off combos to build this bar), the gamebreaker essentially adds to your score while subtracting from the other teams changing the course of a game in a single bucket. This is a feature i'm not too keen on, mainly because they're supposed to be spectacular but end up being rather boring and repetative (about the only part of the game that is!) and while it's great to come back from 5 points down in a single shot it doesn't make you feel rewarded for pulling it off for some wierd reason....
Aside from this you cannot fault this game, graphics, sounds and gameplay are simply too good to be true, buy this game and you'll spend all summer inside!