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GF Rating
7.1

322 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
5

Fair

The most fustrating video game I have ever played

posted by DLusional (MARCUS HOOK, PA) Jul 21, 2006

Member since Mar 2006

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game is pretty fun to play until you get about an hour into the game and then it seems to be near to impossible to beat certain people. After blocking four or five shots, stealing the ball three times and missing 12 shot in a row (doing nothing different than I did at the beginning of the game) and trying to beat the same person for two days I ripped the game out of myh XBox and forfully threw it into my mail box to get the game out of my house before I ended up throwing my whole XBox out the window. This is a flashy game with some cool features but just very very fustrating

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GF Rating
7

Good

A good game overall, could have been WAY better.

posted by Certain (HOUSTON, TX) Apr 12, 2006

Member since Mar 2006

11 out of 18 gamers (61%) found this review helpful

I'll get right to it. This is a good game. I'm not into all of the flare and flash and I'm a little old school when it comes to my sports even though I'm only 23, but I give this game a pass. The major problem with this game is that it really doesnt reward you for playing good defense. Offense is what this game is about. While players in the game like Ben Wallace do get credit for being shutdown defensive guys, the game is still all about offense. Too many times I have played a man tight as possible and almost killed him only to let the ball hit the rim and bounce 8 feet above it, only to rattle in. Its annoying. Or, I'll knock the ball out of a guys hand and try to go around him to get it, only to have my opponent magically appear with the ball in his hand and heading to the goal with me trailing behind him helplessly. It can be frustrating for a person that believes defense wins championships. This game would have gotten a 9/10 rating had it implemented some sort of defensive game to the depth and degree that the offensive game has been done. I guess videogames are still seen as a kids hobby though and 8-10 year olds dont give a hoot about defense.

I will say that the offense is satisfying though. Crossing a guy up and then pulling up for a jumper never gets old. With stunt dunks and the act a fool dribbles the game is entertaining in that aspect. But to me, thats the easy part. The hard part is creating a good balance. The developers should work a little more on that. I'm going to be generous with the 7/10 rating because it seems that they did try to add a little more to the game, and sometimes that isnt the case when you have a sequel to a game that was a hit.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Phenom is more of the same

posted by washins (EL RENO, OK) Apr 19, 2006

Member since Jan 2004

3 out of 5 gamers (60%) found this review helpful

Welcome to NBA Ballers, Version 1.5.

This feels exactly like the first game, nothing new added gameplay-wise, but I still liked it for some reason.

The new storyline isn't anything to write home about and a word to the wise -- don't enter the final tourney until you've finished exploring, because once the tourney ends, so does story mode. It would have added a lot more to the game if they added some more "Extreme" difficulty tourneys, let you keep searching the districts and interact with characters as a "millionaire" ... but, once it's done, it's done. You can, however, use your created baller in the play-now part of the game and on-line. But good luck finding anyone there, there are more people playing on-line with NFL 2k5 than this game.

Overall, it's worth a look if you enjoyed the first title. A strong rental, only buy if you have friends who like it and will play too.

8.9 Presentation
Flashy style, decent interface, but a choppy storyline hurts the presentation by a half point.

9.0 Graphics
Awesome facial rederings on real-life athletes, a few clipping issues here and there, but nothing too terrible. The original models (Hot Sauce, etc.) are a bit weird looking at times.

8.4 Sound
Not a big fan of the music and the grunting and moaning sounds can get a bit on your nerves after several hours of play.

8.5 Gameplay
Same as regular ballers, nothing new here. You will still need to use every button though. The harder difficulties aren't really all that difficult if you practice enough.

8.1 Lasting Appeal
See my above review for the lasting appeal factor. I personally didn't buy this.

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