Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 100
    From the new Trick Stick system to the amazingly deep career mode, nearly everything added to NBA Street V3 works perfectly... [T]his may very well be the greatest basketball game ever made, arcade or otherwise.
  2. For V3, the player models have photorealistic heads and faces - you can actually see facial details and markings. The development team even incorporated cloth animations. [Feb 2005, p.75]
  3. You'll find yourself playing this nonstop, wishing that you could leap into the game and be the one to slam the ball home.
  4. If it looks like a dream and plays like a dream this is the best dream I've had all year. The controls are solid and the arcade-feel just makes the Gamebreaker moves stylish and fun to pull off.
  5. Easily one of the best sports titles that have come along recently. The expansive and highly replayable Street Challenge mode can absorb gamers for months, and the level of customization is truly massive.
  6. One of the most fun games you'll find for current-generation consoles.
  7. 95
    The new trick stick really gives you a lot more variety in moves and brings a lot more variety to the game play.
  8. 94
    The best of the series by far, I would be surprised if there's a better arcade sports game released in 2005.
  9. The possibilities seem endless if you can dream it you can pull it off with practice.
  10. The new gameplay tweaks work better than imagined, and the extensive serving of play modes and creative toolsets make this game a slam-dunk purchase for any and every basketball fan alive.
  11. It's truly excellent to finally be able to play NBA Street V3 on Xbox Live.
  12. 92
    Surprisingly, the component this game absolutely nails is the one that has traditionally been its Achilles heel, single-player.
  13. The addition of online play (on the PS2 and Xbox) and a compelling single-player career mode, as well as improvements to the basic game mechanics, make NBA Street V3 the new gold standard of arcade-style basketball games.
  14. Beautifully restyled graphics make a stellar first impression as larger, more realistic players stride with feline grace across courts that drip with lavish colors and lighting. But true beauty lies on the inside, and V3 has layer after layer to peel away. [Feb 2005, p.73]
  15. If you are looking for the game with the flashiest moves, the nicest dunks, the most replay value, the most features and some nice graphics, then don't stop to think about it – cop NBA Street V3 today.
  16. Fun and accessibility are the most important factors for a game of this class, and the solid implementation of the new Trick Stick makes NBA Street V3 one of the most entertaining, broadly playable basketball games ever made.
  17. Honestly, this dunk contest is the most fun I have had with this style mode since "Jordan vs. Bird."
  18. A truly remarkable game - not just the best basketball game ever, but also one of the best games around at the moment full stop.
  19. One thing really neat about this mode is the props in which you can place on the court to add to the difficulty and style of your dunk. It's a simple getaway from the main draw but it's [definitely] a worthwhile one.
  20. On occasion, your CPU opponents will make some silly mistakes along the lines of using a GameBreaker to shoot a three-pointer during a dunk-only contest, but the AI is still mighty impressive. [March 2005, p.114]
  21. The online play is unrivaled. However even the smaller size of the S controller manages to mar the experience just a tad. I play a lot of Xbox and I'm used to it, but I would definitely consider getting one of those peripherals that allows me to use a PS2 controller in my Xbox.
  22. 90
    If what you're looking for is a rip-snortin', metal-bending slamfest where dunkers prosper and long-ranger shooters make weak defenses pay, then this is your game. Nothing else is this specific, arcade basketball arena comes close.
  23. The perfect example of how updates of existing titles should be done. Every single area has been improved way beyond what we would have been content with. Sports games don't get much more polished. [Xbox Gamer]
  24. 90
    Playing this hyperactive hoops sim is like fast-forwarding your way through a Spike Lee–directed Nike commercial while beer-bonging a liter of Jolt cola.
  25. This game not only has an incredible control scheme, but it has so many extras that you probably won't even have to update until V5. Whichever way you look at it, NBA Street V3 is the new pinnacle of the NBA games and is much more fun than any other basketball game in existence--including "NBA Jam."
  26. Luckily for everyone, though, the Beastie Boys are in the game! What time is it? It's time to get ill! Indeed, their hip-hop presence goes some way to nullifying the absolute lameness of crappy urban poetry guy.
  27. The gameplay is as fun and addictive as ever, and the visuals were some of the most impressive I have seen in any sports game.
  28. The right stick controls also take a lot of the learning curve out of Street that made the first ones so hard to learn.
  29. Even though the other two versions of this series are more fun, the incredible customization depth, tons of unlockables, and the addition of online multiplayer make up for the V3's flaws and make it the best of the three games in the series.
  30. It's playing solo that puts this one over the top. Creating a custom hoopster and earning respect never feels repetitive. [March 2005, p.116]
  31. Easily the best arcade basketball game I've played in years, but the requisite 14 fingers needed to play it is a bit ridiculous.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. SnehaP.
    Feb 13, 2005
    10
    Me as a girl hate alot of these games love v3 because its kinda like def jam.. make money make player better ect!
  2. D.C.
    Feb 11, 2005
    10
    This game is off the chizzy, how in the &$@% can they still make an arcade style game hot to death year after year. The first one was tough, the second one was fire, but this one, this one is the truth. EA you got when it comes down to the new NBA JAM, but this kills NBA JAM, this is basketball on STEROIDS for real. Great Game!!!!! Full Review »
  3. Dan
    Feb 9, 2005
    10
    This is off the hook and you got the slam dunk contest and you could buy shoes holy sh.. and strech my boy beside blue comes back.