Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
Buy On
  1. 70
    Gameplay issues aside, Showdown is still a very enjoyable game, mostly due to the fact that it offers a wide variety of game modes.
  2. Fans of the series won't be disappointed, and those seeking something fast and fun will be happy they picked it up.
  3. Game Informer
    70
    It's a fun play, but being a veteran of the console versions really pulled out this handheld incarnation's glaring flaws. [July 2005, p.127]
  4. 70
    This is NBA with a little bit less seriousness. Don't take it to seriously and it's fairly entertaining.
  5. Unless having a portable Street title is absolutely necessary for you for some strange reason, do yourself a favor and stick with Vol. 3 for now.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    67
    More rehash than reinvention. [July 2005, p.118]
  7. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    60
    If you can get over the learning curve for the controls, you'll have fun brining it to the streets. [July 2005, p.79]
  8. It's an entertaining one that faithfully carries on the NBA Street line. However, there's no getting around the slightly dumbed-down game play and the button timing issues. [*Note: original score posted by Operation Sports as 3/5 = 60. Current score on their redesigned site is inaccurate.]

Awards & Rankings

22
54
#54 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
47
#47 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. HiRoller
    Oct 25, 2005
    9
    Everything a baller could want in a handheld game. Very impressive debut of the NBA Street on the PSP!
  2. JoeR.
    Jun 18, 2005
    10
    Best game EVER!
  3. Josh
    May 18, 2005
    10
    All the fu n that Street has offered us over the years. a classic brought to portable gaming system.