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  • Summary: The first, real basketball simulation ever created for handheld entertainment systems. NBA for the PSP provides gamers with all the fast-breaks, precision passing, and above the rim action that fans have come to expect from their sport. Supporting multiple players via a Wireless multiplayer connectivity, NBA for PSP tests the skills of all hoopsters with a variety of gameplay options including an all-new Practice Mode, Play Off Mode and Full Season Mode complete with simulation, trades, free agent lists, injuries and challenging basketball. Additionally, NBA for PSP offers gamers a selection of mini games, including Paint Mode, where gamers compete in a color-the-court challenge, the 989 Sports Skills Challenge Mode, similar to an All-Star type competition, and the 3-point Challenge. During both single and multi-player gameplay, NBA for PSP features the 'Clutch' Shooting Mechanism, where a gamers skill and timing along their ability to pull off spin moves, jukes, pump fakes and other special moves will determine if the shot goes in or clanks off the rim. [SCEA] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. I am blown away by the quality of NBA. It's not perfect, and I think going forward, there needs to be some tightening of the computer AI. But other than that and the freaky free-throwing, this is one impressive handheld Basketball game.
  2. I couldn’t help but notice that there were glaring issues with AI that made this game a little ‘wonky’ at times. However, the graphics were a pleasing sight and helped this reviewer enjoy the game a little more.
  3. A basic basketball engine that features a unique shooting system. It didn't work out too well, but I'll still thank the developers for trying something new.
  4. The computer AI is frustrating and the shooting mechanics are not the best of the bunch.
  5. Not even support for the handheld’s online network and some decent graphics will be enough to entice anyone to overlook the poorly-implemented controls and minimal sounds in this first-generation disaster.
  6. Although its filled with flaws, this is still a very playable on-the-go b-ball game, even with the occasional bugs and an unthinkably bad free-throw system. [June 2005, p.98]
  7. Shoddy control and rough A.I. mar the gameplay, while the lack of any sort of deeper Franchise system leaves bus-stop managers out in the cold. If it weren’t for the online play, 989 should be permanently benched.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7