Hoopla for Couch Potatoes

Category: Software Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Bevy of Basketball Games brings Hardcourt to Homecourt

Michael L. Berman's Blog
April 24 , 2007

In keeping with our couch potato theme, here are a few ways you can exercise your thumbs while sinking a three-pointer to win the game.

For those of you that want to mix fantasy with quasi-reality, there's NBA07: The Life Vol. 2 ($39.95) from Sony Computer Entertainment, which follows the trials and tribulations of a rookie trying to make it in the pros. Truthfully, I became a bit bored with the story line after about five minutes and was anxious to just "get it on" on the hard court. Also, because it's a Sony game, it is only available for the Playstation 2 game console. There's also a version without the soap opera available for the new PS3.

Gameplay, on the other hand, is okay, but I've learned to expect a lot more from Sony and, truthfully, I feel they were more interested in sucking us in with a mini soap opera than offering us superior gameplay.

Those of you that just want to hear the squeaks of sneakers on hardwood or pavement mixed with awesome gameplay may want to check out the bevy of offerings from Electronic Arts' EA Sports and Take-Two Interactive's 2K Sports. From EA, we have NCAA07 March Madness ($29.95 for the PS2 and $59.95 for the Xbox 360) and NBA Street Homecourt ($59.95 for the PS3 and Xbox 360) and from 2K we get to experience NBA 2K7 ($59.99 for the PS3, $39.99 for the Xbox 360, and $19.99 for the PS2 and the older Xbox) and College Hoops 2K7 ($59.99 for the PS3 and Xbox 360 and $19.99 for the PS2 and the older Xbox).

Gameplay was basically the same for all of the hardourt hoopfests, the exception being the playground aspect of Homecourt, which allows you to make shots only an animator could dream up and jump higher than the super dude in the read cape. The only other obvious difference is a live sports ticker in the EA Sports games (provided by ESPN) that gives you scores and stats from real games being played while you're busy going to the hoop.

The only complaint I have with any of these games is their not being allowed to use real player names in the college games, which, I assume is due to some NCAA policy.

More information can be found by going to the manufacturers' Web sites at www.easports.com, www.2Ksports.com and www.us.playstation.com.



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