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5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
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  1. QuakenN'MyBoots
    Mar 31, 2003
    10
    This might be the best game I have ever played. I just started playing PS2 after retiring my old Atari 7800. It reminds me of One on One Dr. J versus Larry Bird but with five dudes hoopin' it up. Woohoo! Whatta rad game!
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48

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

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  1. Xbox Nation Magazine
    50
    Wins the award for having the ugliest faces. [Winter 2002, p.99]
  2. Official Xbox Magazine
    60
    Tries too hard to imitate the big boys and is a few Shaq-sized steps behind in nearly every respect. [Jan 2003, p.74]
  3. If you’re looking for the worthy successor to Konami’s venerated "Double Dribble," NBA Starting Five isn’t a worthy heir. It really isn’t even a bastard child.