NBA Street Homecourt

posted March 14, 2007 12:00:00 AM CDT | 14 comments

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EA’s NBA Street series has definitely filled the void of fast paced arcady gameplay gamers have been feenin’ for since NBA Jam. While streetball offerings And1 and NBA Ballers significantly under whelmed last years, blacktop fan can relax as the O.G.'s of sports gaming make an admirable showing hood balln’.

Never underestimate the appeal of playing a pick-up game for respect, Homecourt gives a sense of urgency to games that the NBA’s 82-game season and seven-game playoff series can’t touch.
You get travel to some famous playground from real NBA players hometown, taking on all comers with the goal to earn respect and hopefully achieve legend status at the top court in each park.
In all, 10 courts get represented with the obvious blacktops in L.A., New York, and Chicago, however Carmelo Anthony’s legendary Baltimore homecourt and Rip Hamilton's in Coatesville, PA gets shown some love as well.

Moving passed the story-mode the controls in Street have been tweaked a bit. Instead of using the analog sticks to alter dunks and switch hands during lay-ups, you now mash on the X and Y buttons to pull off moves, while the shoulder buttons tweak them. This is a better dynamic as it free up the second analog stick for passing. What’s more, holding the shot button down longer varies the type of dunk you pull. Whereas tapping executes simple lay-ups, holding it down gets more complex dunks, one of which will become many gamers favorite, the Repeater dunk –a sick dunk where dunk, grab the ball in mid-air, then dunk it again for a second point. But the showboating doesn’t end their as they’ve given you three man alley oops, some play calling, and a bunch of other defensive moves. Running up the score on the homies, was never this much fun at parks.

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