• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Mar 16, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
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  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. If you plan on using the game’s online component, NBA is a good purchase. Otherwise, wait for more capable basketball games to be released.
  3. Serious fans of the sport will likely want to wait for something better to come along, at least something with more reliable shooting mechanics and much better A.I.
  4. 70
    This isn't a game that's going to make you want to abandon your big-screen basketball games by any means, but it can be enough to temporarily satisfy a serious basketball jones.
  5. All 989 needs to do is tweak the shooting system to add more shot variety and more sensible timing for players seeking realism, tighten up the sound department a bit, and add a more robust multiplayer mode.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The two on two and twenty-one varieties have been done very well, but no one has been extremely successful at anything where you control more than two players at a time.
  9. If you need a hoops sim and can't stand NBA Street, or want something to play online and show off how cool Wi-Fi can be, this is your only choice, and that might be good enough as long as the problems with the game can be forgiven with time.
  10. 65
    Not a bad game by any stretch, but simply feels half-baked-somewhat of a throwback to "NBA Shootout 2000" on my PlayStation, when I was expecting something a bit more contemporary.
  11. Game Informer
    Delivers simple but enjoyable gameplay. [May 2005, p.136]
  12. It is probably only worth a purchase if you are a huge basketball fan and just have to have a five-on-five.
  13. 60
    And say what you might about "some games require you to learn complicated button schemes," the basic moves always require basic controls, and something as basic as shooting should be treated the same way.
  14. The computer AI is frustrating and the shooting mechanics are not the best of the bunch.
  15. A limited seasonal play, shoddy AI and an inaccurate shooting mechanic has NBA riding the pine instead of charging the court. Definitely for the fanatical B-Ball player only.
  16. 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.
  17. Unfortunately, the core gameplay in NBA is lackluster in presentation and execution, making it difficult to recommend to anyone but the most hardcore basketball fanatics dying for a portable fix.
  18. PSM Magazine
    The physics on the basketball are too floaty, and player control is wonky. [June 2005, p.84]
  19. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    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]
  20. NBA is beyond lackluster and barebones, it’s downright sloppy. Launch title or not, this may very well be 989’s worst sports effort since the first PS2 "GameDay" title.
  21. 40
    It's an embarrassment to the sport of basketball as portrayed by videogames, a pick-up game between ten players who have broken legs and are trying to walk on them.
  22. The on the court basketball is an uneven mess, and the game's "Season Mode" is an embarrassment.
  23. Play Magazine
    Lay-ups and dunks are also extremely frustrating to execute. [May 2005, p.71]
  24. 30
    As a whole, NBA is about as generic as its name. It includes the spectrum of teams, players, logos, and all that jazz, but fails to capture any of the flair or excitement of a real game.
  25. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#50 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
#40 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. SamT.
    Jun 11, 2005
    This game does have good graphics and it's fun to play for a few games, but then it just gets boring. No matter what difficulty, the This game does have good graphics and it's fun to play for a few games, but then it just gets boring. No matter what difficulty, the computer is pretty easy to beat. Once you've beaten a few teams in season mode by 20+ points, you'll realize that there's no point in playing an easy game with a crappy shooting style and free-throw style, and has no franchise mode. Full Review »
  2. CashewS.
    May 7, 2005
    I think this game is just fine. I was playing it at work and it was to much fun. the graphic are awesome. If you get it i am sure you will like it.
  3. Jay
    Apr 18, 2005
    Just rent this game. once you get somewhat good you will win every game by 20-40 points. it seems like they just slapped this game together soJust rent this game. once you get somewhat good you will win every game by 20-40 points. it seems like they just slapped this game together so it would be ready in time for PSP release. it has one song which gets ANNOYING! they need to add more dificulty levels. this game was fun for the first week or so. Full Review »