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  • Summary: [Playstation Network] Paying homage to the old school look and feel of the arcade classics, NBA Unrivaled brings back all of the intensity and pulse pounding action - AMPLIFIED! Hit the hardwood with the 2009-2010 NBA season's team and player rosters with current stats, logos and jerseys. Ball your way up to the top of the league with unthinkable slams and outrageous plays to get the crowd pumped for momentum on your side! Momentum mania! As you play for points, you will also play to fill up your Momentum Gauge. Once the Momentum gauge is maxed out, the team goes into Momentum Mania, which boosts offensive and defensive abilities, allowing for flashier, bigger plays. Non-stop action: Experience electrifying effects, outrageous dunks, and fast paced action where no other basketball game has gone before. Authentic rosters: Boasting all 30 NBA teams and the top players from the latest 2009-2010 Rosters, choose your team to compete in full five-on-five team arcade-style gameplay. Multiple modes: Grab a friend to play in online or offline multiplayer mode -- player vs. player, or two players vs. CPU. [Tecmo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 5 out of 7
  1. If you're after a light-hearted change of pace from 2K10, you could do far worse than this. [Sept 2010, p.94]
  2. 60
    At its heart, it's a realistic basketball game that tries to be an arcade game. If Tecmo stuck with their roots and made it the game an actual arcade style b-ball game a la Tecmo Bowl, NBA Unrivaled would have been awesome but with stiff gameplay and wonky AI, the only thing good about this game is the way it looks.
  3. 25
    There's a reason why there's only twelve people currently on the leaderboards for NBA Unrivaled and that is that this is one of the worst PSN games released in recent memory.
  4. I'd say that you should try playing this only to laugh at its total, across-the-board incompetence, but it'd be like recommending you throw eight quid into the bin and then roll around naked and giggling in a pile of your own faeces. Unrivaled indeed. [Sept 2010, p.115]
  5. 10
    While it is a nice throwback to the retro arcade-style basketball games of yore, the overall package is an accumulation of bad design decisions that adds up to one of the worst basketball games ever made.
  6. A game that rips off NBA Jam so deeply and soullessly.
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. May 7, 2013
    Well, this is just... awful. I mean, why bother making it? It's not worth being on the shelfs of videogames, and even on garage sales. 0/10. If you think it is worth playing it, don't. Just shoot yourself. Expand