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  • Summary: With an "SSX"-like trick system and the rejuvenation of the blocked shot, it seems that EA's reinvention of "NBA Jam"-style hoops should do for basketball what the Tony Hawk series did for skateboarding.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 100
    Thrilling, addictive gameplay loaded with tough battles and jaw-dropping moves that’ll lure even the most jaded b-ballers back to the court.
  2. Definitely not for fans of simulation Basketball games, but then again, this game is so much fan, it may be.
  3. 93
    Through its brilliant use of an SSX-styled trick system and the way that the developers have managed to make blocked shots as important and every bit as exciting as slam dunks, NBA Street has taken the arcade basketball genre to all-new heights.
  4. Not only do you have to be able to play street ball, but you also have to be able to break some ankles and score with style, not just a wussy 15-foot jump shot, which likely would get rejected/goaltended in the game.
  5. While there's still plenty of room for improvement (the inexcusable lack of a four-player mode), this game does so much innovative stuff, and does it right, that it's hard not to classify it as a must-have title.
  6. Street possesses electrifying gameplay with kick-you-in the teeth animations and visuals. [Sept 2001, p.141]
  7. It is fun if you have friends over, but the single-player game is a chore.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. SeanB.
    Jul 17, 2001
    10
    This game is very good. Its just like watching an And 1 video. The passing, the dunking, the crossingover, and the fun that you have all make you wanna cry. The graphics are wild and the game is good. The thing I liked a lot was getting to be Michael Jordan, because he is the man. The game's great, what else can i say? Expand
  2. MikeW.
    Jun 24, 2001
    10
    This game is INCREDIBLE...The graphics are among the best I have ever seen...The excitement of blocking shots and dunking on dudes takes this game all the way to the top of my list....I extremely suggest you go out and make this purchase..you will be very happy...EA Sports did a good job here! Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jul 29, 2006
    10
    A classic for years to come that shows consistent simplicity overpowers sinking a gamebreaker two jumpshot' from halfcourt with Shaq in volume 2 or all the flips and somersaults in part 3, the perfect soundtrack and beautiful gameplay to go along with intensity brings a great time to whoever wants next to 21 by 2 points. Enjoyment for all ages, EA sports BIG started on the street. Expand
  4. ChasenL.
    Aug 5, 2001
    10
    This game has very cool graphics, moves, and dunks.
  5. MohamedB.
    Jul 9, 2002
    10
    Nothing can touch this game and the afro guy is wack... my fav will alwayz be kobe though... abaha waas.
  6. ZiggyStardust
    Aug 13, 2002
    10
    EA has a pretty clean track record. First SSX came out, then Street, and thirdly SSX Tricky. I can"t wait for Sled Storm, their next release. NBA Street is one of my favorite games. I like it better than metal gear solid, final fantasy 10, devil may cry, and nhl 2002 (among quite a few others in my very nice collection). This site actually influenced many of my purchases, and has really helped to weed out the duds before purchasing. I"ve been reading some of the comments here and how way off the complaining ones can be. There is a tonne of replay value in NBA Street. Not only does it take literally hundreds of games to beat it in one player (if you win every game), but the 2 player game simply is a blast. If ya want an exagerated sports game for the PS2, this is the ultimate choice. I also regretably picked up NHL Hitz 2002. The graphics and depth of that game are seriously lacking. I really tried to like it too, since I"m a canadian hockey fanatic. Damn, I should have taken into consideration it"s placing on the rankings. Opp, a little off topic here. What I wanted to say is that NBA Street rules. Expand
  7. LyncN.
    Oct 8, 2001
    7
    Although playing single player gets a little monotonous after a while, playing this game with a friend or two is not only very addictive but is almost as much fun as going to the court and dogging someone out in person. Expand

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