NBA Playgrounds is out now for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC
Independent developer Saber Interactive has launched the arcade-style basketball game NBA Playgrounds for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch , and Windows PC (Steam).
For the first time in years, there’s a newcomer to the 2-on-2 basketball scene. NBA Playgrounds sports all 30 NBA teams and a deep roster of current and retired NBA players that you can level up over time, including Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Shaquille O’Neal, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Magic Johnson. Show your flair with over-the-top moves and all sorts of show-stopping dunks. Play two-player offline co-op, two-player online* competitive, four-player offline team matches, or just go solo. NBA Playgrounds also supports single-player and local co-op tournament play, with online tournaments coming in a future free update.
NBA Playgrounds features power-ups, collectible cards, special techniques, a killer hip-hop soundtrack, and a lottery pick system that rewards great play. Arcade basketball legend Ian Eagle of NBA Jam fame returns for NBA Playgrounds, delivering the same one-of-a-kind bombastic announcements fans loved in arcades past. E.J. “The Mayor” Johnson, the voice of Rucker Park, also provides color commentary.
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The animations are a few significant steps ahead of the old NBA Jam games. Ball fakes, crossover dribbles, fadeaways and dunks (over 300 of them) in the game looks smooth. It’s especially rewarding when you chain together a few dribble moves that lead to a score.
The courts and locations look outstanding. There’s no real impact on gameplay from place to place, which is something that might have added some diversity, but the different lighting and filters help each court look unique.
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