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Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

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  • Summary: With an "SSX"-like trick system and the rejuvenation of the blocked shot, it seems that EA's reinvention of "NBA Jam"-style hoops should do for basketball what the Tony Hawk series did for skateboarding.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 100
    Thrilling, addictive gameplay loaded with tough battles and jaw-dropping moves that’ll lure even the most jaded b-ballers back to the court.
  2. Definitely not for fans of simulation Basketball games, but then again, this game is so much fan, it may be.
  3. 93
    Through its brilliant use of an SSX-styled trick system and the way that the developers have managed to make blocked shots as important and every bit as exciting as slam dunks, NBA Street has taken the arcade basketball genre to all-new heights.
  4. Not only do you have to be able to play street ball, but you also have to be able to break some ankles and score with style, not just a wussy 15-foot jump shot, which likely would get rejected/goaltended in the game.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    85
    Street possesses electrifying gameplay with kick-you-in the teeth animations and visuals. [Sept 2001, p.141]
  6. While there's still plenty of room for improvement (the inexcusable lack of a four-player mode), this game does so much innovative stuff, and does it right, that it's hard not to classify it as a must-have title.
  7. It is fun if you have friends over, but the single-player game is a chore.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Nov 11, 2011
    10
    Few sports games have been as addicting or fun as NBA Street. Pick 3 players and go 3on3 against other players. You can even create your own player.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jul 29, 2006
    10
    A classic for years to come that shows consistent simplicity overpowers sinking a gamebreaker two jumpshot' from halfcourt with Shaq in A classic for years to come that shows consistent simplicity overpowers sinking a gamebreaker two jumpshot' from halfcourt with Shaq in volume 2 or all the flips and somersaults in part 3, the perfect soundtrack and beautiful gameplay to go along with intensity brings a great time to whoever wants next to 21 by 2 points. Enjoyment for all ages, EA sports BIG started on the street. Expand
  3. SeanB.
    Jul 17, 2001
    10
    This game is very good. Its just like watching an And 1 video. The passing, the dunking, the crossingover, and the fun that you have all make This game is very good. Its just like watching an And 1 video. The passing, the dunking, the crossingover, and the fun that you have all make you wanna cry. The graphics are wild and the game is good. The thing I liked a lot was getting to be Michael Jordan, because he is the man. The game's great, what else can i say? Expand
  4. HeyWould'Ja
    Jan 15, 2002
    10
    I believe this is the most under-rated game on the PS2. It's so perfect. A lot of the games ranked higher I can find flaws with, but not I believe this is the most under-rated game on the PS2. It's so perfect. A lot of the games ranked higher I can find flaws with, but not with this one. Very fun and polished game. Expand
  5. MohamedB.
    Jul 9, 2002
    10
    Nothing can touch this game and the afro guy is wack... my fav will alwayz be kobe though... abaha waas.
  6. JoseV.
    Sep 27, 2001
    9
    Excellent graphics and simple game play. Great fun with a few friends, the game loses something in singleplayer mode.
  7. LyncN.
    Oct 8, 2001
    7
    Although playing single player gets a little monotonous after a while, playing this game with a friend or two is not only very addictive but Although playing single player gets a little monotonous after a while, playing this game with a friend or two is not only very addictive but is almost as much fun as going to the court and dogging someone out in person. Expand

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Awards & Rankings

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#46 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
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#78 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001