NBA Street V3

NFL Street 2 - Xbox Review

NBA Street V3 - XBOX Review

Over the past few years EA Games, dominators of the sports sim genre, have taken their simulators to pieces and pushed the game-play forcefully in the direction of arcade style fun. This had injected new verve into these rather full-grown formats and along with the street style game-play comes the street culture of music, fashion and lingo.

It is now 2 years since the release of NBA Street 2 which didn't shake things up as much as NBA Street on its release and what we find is V3 bursting with new features including some very significant additions such as the Trick Stick and single player career mode although the most significant addition must be the online play on Xbox and PS2.

Get your players soaring above the rim and make your mark on the

NFL Street 2 - Xbox Review

streets as NBA STREET V3 hits the pavement with basketball like you've never seen – 3-on-3, over-the-top, and larger than life. V3 builds on the game-proven, platinum-selling gameplay of the STREET series with new tricks and high-flying dunks. The new Trick Stick and interactive new Gamebreakers, game-changing and customizable like never before, enhance the experience and bring an unmistakable style and attitude to NBA STREET V3 .

The trick stick has added depth to the player movement, by tapping the right thumb stick in one of eight directions you can pull off varying jukes and shakes and when used in conjunction with the turbo buttons the jukes and shakes become even more powerful. By using the pass buttons in conjunction with the turbo buttons you can also leave your opponent blushing as you go round him by bouncing the ball off the court wall or even off his face or body. The main advantage over the previous NBA Street versions is the way you can handle these tricks on your controller and this is due to the addition of the trick stick.

Although the general game-play is 3 on 3, full court, street style every NBA team is present with a cut down squad. The game features the NBA's biggest and best stars from today, your favorite NBA legends, and a Hall of Fame cast of past STREET characters.

Graphically this game is “Da Bomb” the player animation is getting much smoother, which really counts in a game such as basketball , it is also packed with highly-detailed authentic street courts, including courts outside of the US (Brighton Beach being one of my favorites) incredibly deep new court and player customization options mean you can stamp your own style on proceedings. Player customization includes the usual face, skin-tone, features stuff plus clothing and even hats and blingy jewelry.

As mentioned in the opening paragraph music is a large part of street culture and NBA Street V3 has all the usual fat bass and sharp breaks you have come to expect from this kind of game. The Beastie Boys have a new version of their latest single present and there are also a lot of classic Hip Hop tunes in the mix such as De La Soul and House of Pain.

Overall there isn't much wrong with this game. It has taken the Street theme to a new realm and added more game modes and online play. What more could you want from a street basketball sim?

Key Features

•  Trick Stick : NBA STREET V3 's all-new Trick Stick provides gamers with complete control of the rock. Perform 40 dribble tricks on demand by combining turbo buttons and pushing the right stick on your controller of choice in various directions. String together tricks into sick combos and use all-new on-screen visuals to build up to a jaw-dropping Gamebreaker moment.

•  Gamebreakers : Having made the STREET franchise famous, the game-changing Gamebreaker moments are back as the ultimate interactive three-man show. Build a Gamebreaker by stringing together combos, and then get your teammates involved in a three-man aerial dunk assault. Your opponent will be left in awe as you leave your mark on the scoreboard and take over the game.

•  All About The Tricks : NBA STREET V3 is packed with all-new tricks that take the game to a whole new level—mix and match trick combos and we'll really see whether your game has any flavor. Then take your dunks and combos to the next level with mad interactive mid-air Gamebreakers.

•  Sweet Players, Big Game: Your favorite NBA heroes of past and present, complete with bold new hyper-real player models, are at your fingertips. Choose from top stars from each NBA team, 25 NBA legends, and a cast of past STREET favorites to prove if you have game.

•  Bold Expression Through Customization : Express your style by building your own hoops persona with more than 1,000 customizable assets including hairstyles, gear, and accessories. In NBA STREET V3 there's plenty of room to express yourself.

•  Authentic Courts : Twelve carefully modeled authentic courts from NYC to Cali to Europe, including Rucker, Venice Beach , Mosswood, and Brighton Beach . Whether you go for a court set in the scorching summer sun or the harsh darkness of night, no detail is too small in this diverse collection of streetball's most hallowed grounds and hot up-and-coming sanctuaries.

•  Build Your Home Court Advantage : Build and customize your home court from the ground up. Add your own flair by choosing from hundreds of different options including location, court surface, net, and backboard styles. The all-new Court Creator allows you to define your personal playground.

•  Dunk Contest : The dunk contest hits the street as an all-new game mode in NBA STREET V3 . Show if you've got what it takes to execute big air slams, as NBA STREET V3 's Dunk Contest allows ballers to link together combos in mid-air and take your best shot at impressing a three-person all-star panel of judges .

9 out of 10

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