Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
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  1. 79
    Phenom does a couple of minor additions to its formula, like the story mode and the bolstering of the roster, but the control, graphical and gameplay issues from the original title haven't been addressed at all, leaving a title that doesn't feel like an improvement.
  2. The game has attitude to it that other games don't. And it looks good too.
  3. From a gamer perspective, this game is a blast covering numerous genres like basketball, adventure, educational, and even rhythm games. There is so much to see and do and you'll have a great time doing it all.
  4. The controls couldn't be any easier to learn, making this one of the few pick-up-and-instantly-enjoy basketball games available.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine
    The nitty-gritty of Phenom is the on-court action, which also sees a significant improvement this time around. [May 2006, p.79]
  6. Game Informer
    Midway has taken the story mode to the next level, now we need to see the gameplay step it up a notch to match the flash. [Apr 2006, p.117]
  7. Phenom has also added a two-on-two mode and a free-roaming story mode to its repertoire, but underneath those additions is a game design that hasn't changed much and a graphics engine that is beginning to show its age.
  8. The two-on-two gameplay and the drama-rich Story Mode are the aspects of NBA Ballers: Phenom that separate it from its predecessor. There's not a huge overall jump in this series, which is a bit of a letdown.

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#20 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2006

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