Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 7 out of 9
  1. 60
    At its heart, it's a realistic basketball game that tries to be an arcade game. If Tecmo stuck with their roots and made it the game an actual arcade style b-ball game a la Tecmo Bowl, NBA Unrivaled would have been awesome but with stiff gameplay and wonky AI, the only thing good about this game is the way it looks.
  2. For the high price mark of $15 you're just not getting enough. The gameplay is good when played correctly, but that same lack of lenience in play style is also a deficiency. Most players will not be able to find enough value to make it worth their purchase.
  3. At a whopping price, this is one game worth missing out on. [Issue#54, p.105]
  4. 25
    There’s a reason why there’s only twelve people currently on the leaderboards for NBA Unrivaled and that is that this is one of the worst Xbox Live games released in recent memory.
  5. NBA Unrivaled is one of the worst basketball games ever made.
  6. On top of being a ludicrously bad representation of the sport, NBA Unrivaled looks absolutely awful.
  7. The worst sports game in Xbox history! [Feb 2010, p.88]
  8. A game that rips off NBA Jam so deeply and soullessly.

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