NBA Ballers Xbox


Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
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  1. Computer Games Magazine
    A truly unique experience. [Aug 2004, p.6]
  2. The over-the-top style and theme of the game along with some of the ridiculous moves you can pull on an opponent give the game a tremendous amount of appeal to the gamers tired of the "ultra simulators" that we've seen for years on end.
  3. The visuals in NBA Ballers are excellent. All the other NBA games have striking player models but they don't compare to the ones in Ballers.
  4. 92
    While the story is small and does follow a pretty straight path, it adds a lot to the game. You will find yourself playing just to see the next storyboard and actually getting into the idea of becoming rich and famous.
  5. I played three games before reading the manual or even checking out the controller config screen and was shouting at the screen and having the time of my life.
  6. Play Magazine
    Phatty houses, cars, jewelry...women - if you've seen it on MTV Cribs, you're going to see it here. [May 2004, p.68]
  7. Xbox Nation Magazine
    An amazing sports game that plays like a song and has all the makings of a classic hit. [May 2004, p.89]
  8. The Custom Baller options are extremely deep and the visuals are stunning in 720p. Even though this is primarily a one-on-one game, NBA Ballers shines when you have a crew.
  9. Minor gripes aside, welcome to basketball in the new millennium. Ballers is the title for basketball fanatics and sports fiends alike.
  10. 90
    The most enjoyable aspect of this game is actually playing basketball. As such, the in-game animations are jaw-droppingly entertaining!
  11. 90
    The player renderings are nothing short of unbelievable. We don't know how many polygons they used to make every sneering taunt and celebration come to life, but we can assure you, it's somewhere between a lot and a shitload.
  12. 90
    The gameplay is solid and fun for any skill level, but what's really amazing is just how good this game looks. The faces are scarily accurate.
  13. A great title that will suit fans of both the sport, and those of us who just like a little arcade-style action in our diet. The controls are fluid, the graphics are terrific, and sounds, well it all depends on your tastes.
  14. 89
    A game that anyone can pick up and play and have fun with instantly. But the more you learn about how to execute certain moves, the timing involved, the hot spots on the court, the secret shots, and the counters, the more you realize how incredibly deep Midway's baller really is.
  15. My complaints are only two; the computer is too freaking hard at times, and Xbox Live was nowhere to be found. But other than that, NBA Ballers is all up in the hizzouse!
  16. Rags to Riches mode is a solid, funny "reality" show feature in Ballers, and it's a great combo of simulation and sports action elements that just adds more to the package.
  17. Despite the storyline and innovative one vs. one vs. one gameplay, NBA Ballers is a few balls short of the full rack that NBA Street Vol. 2 happens to be.
  18. It's slick TV format and the story will keep fans interested and wanting to beat the game.
  19. Midway has done a great job at combining a fun style with a solid underlying gameplay design to create a unique basketball game experience.
  20. A fresh spin on the NBA that brings great depth, dynamic gameplay, and fevered multiplayer to the video game court. [May 2004, p.92]
  21. NBA Ballers has struck a brilliant chord with what is hot in today's culture.
  22. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The player models - especially the detailed faces - look amazing, right down to Allen Iverson's tats and Larry Bird's disturbingly tight shorts. [June 2004, p.92]
  23. 80
    Ballers' best perks are its astonishingly hi-res textures (almost too hi-res-seeing the pores in the faces of player models isn't exactly a pleasant thing), its depth of customization, the wide variety of smoothly animated street moves, and the intriguing 1 vs. 1 vs. 1 mode.
  24. Eighty-four hyper-detailed players are represented, or you can create your own baller and go rags-to-riches, racking up pimp-wear and "Scarface"-worthy real estate.
  25. 80
    NBA Ballers gets better as you master it. Given the sheer amount of unlockable content, the replay value appears substantial.
  26. The game could've benefited from online play and maybe just a little more touching up on some problems with the moves, but overall it's definitely got the thing for bling-bling.
  27. The game has its moments, but ultimately its repetitive gameplay will see this game collecting dust after a few weeks except for those gamers demanding to unlock everything.
  28. Playboy
    Victory is accompanied by flashy jewelry, fancy cars, and the truest measure of a champ, a larger posse. [Mar 2004, p.39]
  29. 75
    Original concepts don't happen often in video games -- especially sports titles, and Ballers delivers. The more hardcore a basketball gamer you are, however, the more you may be brought down by the gameplay snafus. This is style over substance personified, baby.
  30. It's fun enough to hold your interest for a little while, but the repetitive play will cut that time far shorter than the game's excruciatingly long load times.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. AndrewP.
    Jul 4, 2005
    I found the graphics to be quiet good along with a very good soundtrack. But as a huge basketball fan, I found the game tedious and tiresome.I found the graphics to be quiet good along with a very good soundtrack. But as a huge basketball fan, I found the game tedious and tiresome. I was dissapointed with the game after all the pre-release hype. If, there is to be a sequel, i hope it is better. Full Review »
  2. DarthTheSithKnight
    May 26, 2004
    First thing's first. The graphics on this game are Insane!!!!!!!! The face models are so perfect and detailed they push Xbox graphics to First thing's first. The graphics on this game are Insane!!!!!!!! The face models are so perfect and detailed they push Xbox graphics to it`s limits. You can even see the skin pores on the players' faces. These are the kind of graphics that when a coworker was at my place and when i got to the player selection screen and he saw the faces of the players generated in real time, (I've got a 38 inch sony hdtv so that adds up too)he was like speechless for ten seconds, and then he goes: "How much did you say an Xbox costs these days?" As long as the game itself, Fun. But it's got nothing on Nba street Volumes 1 and 2. Full Review »
  3. JasonK.
    May 1, 2004
    It's awesome!!!