In the early nineties NBA JAM was a hot game. It made NBA fans out of people who never touched a basketball game before. Than Acclaim got a hold of it and milked it to death. Then eventually the name NBA JAM became just another basketball sim on Nintendo 64.
The original creator of the series Midway has never given up on the series, just the title. NBA JAM, begot NBA Hang Time. NBA Hang Time begot NBA Showtime. NBA Showtime begot NBA Hoopz. Midway’s latest installment in the franchise. NBA Hoopz is the first of its kind for the PlayStation 2 and it looks great.
For the first time Midway’s arcade basketball is 3 on 3. Sometimes this court feels more crowded than a court with full teams.
NBA Hoopz offers instant replays, Matrix style camera angles, and slammin’ dunks. Graphics are arcade perfect, but really doesn’t break any new ground. The audience members still look flat and the payability is the same as it has been for years. However, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The control is tight. If you’ve ever play an NBA JAM style game you can pick up a controller and be an expert at Hoopz.
NBA Hoopz may not be a revolutionary game, but it’s a lot of fun. Just as NBA Jam once was. If you still like NFL Blitz and NBA Showtime, NBA Hoopz is your kind of game. If you think those games are stupid, chances are NBA Hoopz won’t change your mind.
I like it, and found it to be worth full price of admission. With three player option now, it makes for a great party game. NBA Hoopz is also available on Sega Dreamcast, and PlayStation One.
ESRB RATING: E
MUSIC & SOUND: 6.5
FUN & REPLAY: 9