Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
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  1. 90
    The PS2 version has the most ideal control scheme, offering the best palette of buttons and shoulder buttons to perform ballhandling tricks with. On the flipside, the PS2 version also suffers from the most irritating load times.
  2. EA has really created the best balling game thus far with a better storyline than NBA Ballers and better gameplay than "NBA Jam."
  3. AceGamez
    A truly remarkable game - not just the best basketball game ever, but also one of the best games around at the moment full stop.
  4. It's everything good to be expected from a basketball game, plus loads of customization.
  5. The new gameplay tweaks work better than imagined, and the extensive serving of play modes and creative toolsets make this game a slam-dunk purchase for any and every basketball fan alive.
  6. Quite possibly the best basketball game you can get right now on the PS2 and dare I say it, on any platform.
  7. Cheat Code Central
    The load times suck but the graphics are actually pretty darn close to the Xbox and Cube, which surpised me. Online play is pretty good, but I found it to be more laggy than XBL. As mentioned though, you've got the controller that makes this game a breeze to play.
  8. While it's still a great game, the basic flaws of last year's V2 version haven't really been addressed and the new menu system is laborious and unfriendly. [PSW]
  9. Easily the best arcade basketball game I’ve played in years, but the requisite 14 fingers needed to play it is a bit ridiculous.
  10. Deceptively deep, graphically sharp and a beauty to behold in the hands of two skilled players.
  11. It's playing solo that puts this one over the top. Creating a custom hoopster and earning respect never feels repetitive. [March 2005, p.116]
  12. 80
    Of all the enhancements made in NBA Street V3, it would be remiss of us not to mention the visuals, which have moved away from exaggerated, cartoon-like players to a grittier, realistic look that better suits the game’s urban theme.
  13. Game Informer
    On occasion, your CPU opponents will make some silly mistakes along the lines of using a GameBreaker to shoot a three-pointer during a dunk-only contest, but the AI is still mighty impressive. [March 2005, p.114]
  14. Easily one of the best sports titles that have come along recently. The expansive and highly replayable Street Challenge mode can absorb gamers for months, and the level of customization is truly massive.
  15. Fun and accessibility are the most important factors for a game of this class, and the solid implementation of the new Trick Stick makes NBA Street V3 one of the most entertaining, broadly playable basketball games ever made.
  16. 80
    Putting on a three-man aerial show is about as tough as it sounds, but making the Gamebreakers controllable definitely improves the strategic aspects of the game. [March 2005, p.84]
  17. The addition of online play (on the PS2 and Xbox) and a compelling single-player career mode, as well as improvements to the basic game mechanics, make NBA Street V3 the new gold standard of arcade-style basketball games.
  18. 100
    From the new Trick Stick system to the amazingly deep career mode, nearly everything added to NBA Street V3 works perfectly... [T]his may very well be the greatest basketball game ever made, arcade or otherwise.
  19. It’s got all the goods of the original, more refinement than the sequel, and more replay value than both predecessors.
  20. Honestly, this dunk contest is the most fun I have had with this style mode since "Jordan vs. Bird."
  21. 94
    The best of the series by far, I would be surprised if there's a better arcade sports game released in 2005.
  22. This game not only has an incredible control scheme, but it has so many extras that you probably won’t even have to update until V5. Whichever way you look at it, NBA Street V3 is the new pinnacle of the NBA games and is much more fun than any other basketball game in existence--including "NBA Jam."
  23. The right stick controls also take a lot of the learning curve out of Street that made the first ones so hard to learn.
  24. Yes, other games have stuff you can unlock, whether it's extra clothing or modes, but NBA Street V3 integrates it all so well and has such a high level of polish that you'll find yourself drawn into it as if it were some epic RPG.
  25. Pelit (Finland)
    A good arcade basketball game - smooth, entertaining and great to watch. [Mar. 05]
  26. One of the most fun games you’ll find for current-generation consoles.
  27. Play Magazine
    For V3, the player models have photorealistic heads and faces - you can actually see facial details and markings. The development team even incorporated cloth animations. [Feb 2005, p.75]
  28. PSM Magazine
    The game's greatest depth comes from online play... What's most exciting, however, is that you can bring your own created players, gear and courts into online matches. You can take on anyone online - on your own home court. [March 2005, p.62]
  29. Certain flaws in NBA Street V3 held it back from getting a better score, such as the gameplay feeling awkward at times and the annoying announcer.
  30. 90
    Playing this hyperactive hoops sim is like fast-forwarding your way through a Spike Lee–directed Nike commercial while beer-bonging a liter of Jolt cola.
  31. But where this latest instalment excels is in enhanced options and customisation for serious fans, while still offering pick-up-and-play access for those after a quick sporting fix.
  32. The series' gameplay has been refined and honed to a keen sharpness that few games can match in terms of overall quality, slick presentation and tight, responsive controls. This is a sports game for people who hate sports games.
  33. 91
    With tons and tons of unlockable items and a new online multiplayer addition, the reply value of this title is off the charts.
  34. With its Street Challenge mode, six-player ability, online play, and improved graphics, NBA Street V3 is a great package and worth every penny you spend on it.
  35. 80
    With all the attention given over to the performance and presentation, it's a shame that V3 features such lame audio.

Awards & Rankings

#66 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#93 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38
  1. JustinB.
    Jun 27, 2005
    Cool game. When you first get it, it's lot's of fun. All of yall that gave it a low score are all just hating on the game.
  2. JoseuJ.
    Mar 11, 2005
    Nba Street V3 is the best game ever.
  3. Matt
    Feb 13, 2005
    I was very disappointed with this game. nba street was good, nba street 2 was AWSOME (the best one i think) and nba 3 was kind of a mouseI was very disappointed with this game. nba street was good, nba street 2 was AWSOME (the best one i think) and nba 3 was kind of a mouse fart. its fun. but not that fun. graphics i think are... ok i guess. nothing special. Full Review »