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  • Summary: NBA Baller Beats is the 1st motion-based sports video game that requires you to actively play using a real basketball. The music guides you as you attempt to perform like a professional and practice your ball-handling skills while building the stamina you’ll need for the hardcourt – all while having the fun of playing a video game. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Sep 11, 2012
    78
    An amazing game, although somewhat hard to pick up and play on the fly. If you have an environment suited for it, definitely pick it up. Even if you aren't a hardcore basketball fan, it's a fun diversion that will be an absolute hit at parties.
  2. 75
    We do recommend Baller Beats to anyone hoping to increase their b-ball acumen or try something new. If noise and space aren't an issue, it's definitely worth a shot.
  3. Sep 12, 2012
    75
    The concept might seem a bit gimmicky at first glance, but Baller Beats is a well made, respectable peripheral-driven rhythm game in the tradition of Dance Dance Revolution or Guitar Hero. Some technical limitations keep the game from outright greatness, but there's a lot of fun-and real world benefits-to be had here.
  4. Oct 4, 2012
    75
    No one can fault NBA Baller Beats for being ambitious, especially since it actually works. It's a fun rhythm game, but it also works as a teaching tool for those who are motivated enough to want to improve their game. If it weren't for the insanely specific requirements to get a basic game going, this would qualify as a must-have title for the Kinect. As it stands, basketball fans who have lots of room and little to break will enjoy this title.
  5. Oct 6, 2012
    75
    Overall I think NBA Baller Beats is an entertaining game but the price is a bit high for anyone that doesn't want the game only for the purpose of increasing their ball handling abilities.
  6. Sep 13, 2012
    70
    For what it is, NBA Baller Beats is a decent title that succeeds in what it's trying to accomplish, which is helping folks become better dribblers. Also if you get really into it, you will break a sweat, and might want to grab water after each session. But is it worth the $60 and the headache that may come for those not playing? Definitely not. It would be nice to see the price knocked down. Maybe even turn it into a download-only arcade game.
  7. Oct 26, 2012
    70
    If you're in the mood for a rhythm game unlike anything else and don't have to worry about ruining the relationship with your downstairs neighbors, give NBA Baller Beats a try. Just move the lamp first.

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  1. Oct 1, 2012
    8
    I'll say this: the population of people that can play this game effectively is so small, I have no idea how this game got green-lighted or can break even on its costs let alone make a profit.

    But with that said, IF all the planets are aligned for you and you have the right set up in place (Kinect, HUGE open play space, uncarpeted floors, moderate dribbling skills, no angry downstairs neighbors, etc.), this game is SURPRISINGLY FUN. The music is pretty good and you WILL have fun practicing since the Kinect picks up your movements fairly well. Your skills will improve and you'll learn a few tricks that you can (maybe) use in an actual game. But because of so many limitations to effective gameplay, NBA Baller Beats is simply not for everyone.
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