NBA Ballers: Rebound PSP

  • Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: May 9, 2006

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. A good arcade-style basketball game to pass the time. Just keep in mind that the loading is atrocious.
  2. Game Informer
    Ballers may not deliever the full five-on-five experience, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a handheld b-ball title that delivers such an exciting challenge. [Apr 2006, p.135]
  3. NBA Ballers: Rebound is almost as good as its console cousin. I only wish the designers had actually tweaked the controls to the PSP rather than just porting the game over straight. There are so many creative moves it’s a shame you can’t access them all with any reliability.
  4. PSM2 Magazine UK
    One of the most complete basketball games on PSP, but surprisingly let down by the lack of dunk variety. Looks amazing, though, and there are plenty of match-ups to conquer. Nice. [May 2006, p.76]
  5. NBA Ballers Rebound for the PSP is like that veteran free agent your team just signed--it gets the job done but you've seen all these moves before.
  6. 74
    Unfortunately for the portable version, a lack of additional content, system hampered controls and exorbitant load times really hinder the game for no apparent reason.
  7. games(TM)
    NBA Ballers: Rebound is difficult to actually fault – unless you plan to play for more than 30 minutes. [May 2006, p.120]
  8. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    You need to be an NBA aficionado to get the most out of Rebound, but for those who aren't this still delivers slick and feature-packed balling. [May 2006, p.85]
  9. For the time being, we'd rather play Ballers than EA's "NBA Street," and that's really all you need to know.
  10. 70
    It's a great change of pace form the strict style of traditional NBA games and it's extremely satisfying to take a scrub from the street and posterize Yao Ming. Just don't plan on doing much else.
  11. 70
    A simple port of the popular franchise downsized to fit in the palm of your hand. Granted the core game mechanic is still tons of fun in small doses I believe that was the game’s main goal in the first place and this iteration nails it flawlessly.
  12. PSM Magazine
    It's not that the game is particculary lacking in any area, but Ballers lacks the personality to be considered any more than a week-long fling. [May 2006, p.86]
  13. Play UK
    An annoying little game that plays just well enough for us to nearly forgive the ridiculousness of it. [Issue#139, p.93]
  14. 60
    The first game that made me want to spike my PSP in frustration. In that sense, it manages to truly recapture the home console experience of being angry enough with a game to destroy equipment. Past that, it's a title mired with long load times and not-so-great controls.
  15. It's rare that a PSP game can truthfully claim to be an enhancement of its PS2 forebear, but NBA Ballers Rebound comes pretty close.
  16. If you have played the original, then Rebound will likely feel a bit stale, a bit empty, and more than a bit slow.
  17. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    The few new modes exclusive to the PSP can't offset the lack of unlockable content when compared to the console. [Aug 2006, p.83]

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. LalaL.
    May 15, 2006
    This game is awesome. It is complete, has great graphics and is extremely addicting!