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  • Summary: Here it is...The NBA Finals in sunny Los Angeles, California. It's time for all the unknowns from around the world to step on the court and get noticed by the right people. From scouts and coaches to casting directors, everyone is looking for the next "phenom." You have one week to check out the city and prove that you're the one everyone is looking for. Take the trophy in unique basketball tournaments, customize your style to get all the eyes on you, and interact with the local scene. By the end of the week, you could be the #1 draft pick of the NBA or on your way to your own entertainment empire. Have you got the skills to prove you belong at the top? [Midway] Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. The game has attitude to it that other games don't. And it looks good too.
  2. 79
    Phenom does a couple of minor additions to its formula, like the story mode and the bolstering of the roster, but the control, graphical and gameplay issues from the original title haven't been addressed at all, leaving a title that doesn't feel like an improvement.
  3. The story mode and frantic action make for an enjoyable b-ball experience. [Aug 2006, p.73]
  4. 70
    Whether you are looking for the story driven single-player or simply want to fool around with the multi-player this game will satisfy your hunger for over-the-top style street ball.
  5. Even the online mode feels lacking, supporting only one-on-one matches using either your custom character or an unlocked NBA star, rather than the two-on-two match ups available offline.
  6. At the end of the day, Phenom is essentially a beefed-up NBA Jam: the one-on-one gameplay isn't significantly deeper than that of the original Ballers, and the "extras"--the open world and custimizable lifestyle--aren't really anything we haven't seen before, even in other genres. [May 2006, p.80]
  7. NBA Ballers: Phenom might mark a change from its predecessor with a new story mode and faux third-person exploration, but it ultimately tries too much and does too little. Compared to EA’s more complex series, this is one street baller you’ll want to leave on the curb.

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  1. Mark
    Mar 29, 2006
    The gameplay still shines in this second installment, with all kinds of new *bling* added, such more customizeable create-a-player parts, more nba players and legends, a very surprisingly amusing story mode, and the biggie - 2v2 ballers style :) Rags-to-riches is still as unique as ever. Graphics are great for this gen. Love the little added mini-game distractions and the roaming mini worlds! Expand