At first sight, I didnt make much of this basketball sim... an ingenious level based career mode, a simple training stage and a complete lack of characters... but wait...what's this?! An Amazing variety of stages, a lenghty number of unlockable rewards and an extremely addictive control system. So why the respectable 4 stars after my hostile critisicm? Well for a start, although the game takes some time to get used to and there are a lack of moves to begin with, it keeps getting better. The region/Street challenges in the career mode offer an amazing variety of teams and players...whether NBA regulars, NBA classics or Micheal Jordan. By progressing through the main game mode you earn all the top players and more points means more rewards i.e. secret characters (SSX snowboarders in a basketball game!), cheats, create-a-player points etc. It takes dedication to beat this game and the cool thing is it emphasises on style rather than winning. The cooler the moves you preform, the greater the number of trick points you earn and the greater chance you have of performing gravity defying, earth chattering dunks. The need for strategy and planning becomes useful when you face the big guns e.g. final boss Micheal Jordan. A second main game mode allows you to face the opposition and try to sustain a winning streak which will earn you more points and more cheats. The depth of this game is truly astonishing and although it's over quite quickly, there's always the hunger to find more. So overall I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO ANY FAN OF ADRENALINE FILLED SPORTS GAMES who's got a few friends to beat. As they say...Good things come to those who wait...
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