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  • Summary: Classic NBA arcade action returns. Take your “A” game to the playground and beat the best in high-flying two-on-two basketball action. Practice your skills offline, play with up to three others on your PS4, or take your talents online to posterize your opponents with acrobatic jams andClassic NBA arcade action returns. Take your “A” game to the playground and beat the best in high-flying two-on-two basketball action. Practice your skills offline, play with up to three others on your PS4, or take your talents online to posterize your opponents with acrobatic jams and ridiculous displays of skill. [Playstation.com] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. May 11, 2017
    80
    If you dig arcade basketball then NBA Playgrounds is a great addition to the genre. Ballers of all skill levels can find something to love in its enjoyably cartoony take on the sport although your b-ball career may be over well before you'd expect it to.
  2. May 23, 2017
    73
    The presentation won’t wow you, but it gets the job done, especially given that it’s made by an indie developer who’s never done a sports game and it’s priced at $20. The price is worth pointing out because this isn’t a AAA game, but it does fill a niche that has been needing some attention since NBA Jam a few years ago. 2K has clearly dominated and done an amazing job with NBA simulation, but if you’re like me, when it comes to sports and racing games, you always want a go-to arcade type to enjoy in addition or instead of the sims. NBA Playgrounds does alright for itself coming off the bench, hopefully we see Saber continue to refine this and perhaps we’ll see some kind of semi-annualized franchise here that gets progressively better.
  3. May 11, 2017
    70
    NBA Playgrounds is a good modern take on the old-school arcade basketball game genre. It brings enough new ideas to the court to keep things feeling fresh, but at heart, it still retains the charm and accessibility that made NBA Jam such a beloved franchise. There are a few kicks with the shooting mechanics and rebounding is less than ideal, but the gameplay is strong enough in other areas to ensure it's still an overall slam dunk.
  4. May 23, 2017
    70
    NBA Playgrounds aims at nostalgia and almost succeeds. It lacks content, for one, and while it's easy to learn, it's perhaps a little too hard to master. Other than that, however, there's no reason to leave this one at the roadside.
  5. May 14, 2017
    68
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. May 12, 2017
    60
    With proper support NBA Playgrounds could become a great series in the future. It's just not quite there in this, its rookie season.
  7. Jun 1, 2017
    60
    The best analogy for NBA Playgrounds is that it’s like a leaky ship. The exterior, with its charm and aesthetically pleasing look, hides an interior rife with small missteps and annoyances.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Aug 26, 2017
    9
    Fun, fun, FUN! A game that doesn't take itself seriously and it can offer you hours of entertainment. It can be a bit repetitive after aFun, fun, FUN! A game that doesn't take itself seriously and it can offer you hours of entertainment. It can be a bit repetitive after a while, but in general it's a simple game which becomes highly enjoyable if you play it with a friend. Lots of players and I liked that there are many legends like Larry Bird. The graphics are very good. Especially the cartoonish player models are very funny. You should definitly check it out. A game which differs from all the AAA games but it's so much fun. 6.1 user score is just not representative of this title, especially when other games like Fifa and CoD get really high scores while they give you the same product every year. Expand
  2. May 21, 2017
    1
    This is a terrible game. I was hoping for something fun like NBA Jam but gameplay is so clunky, players get tired easily, but its just plainThis is a terrible game. I was hoping for something fun like NBA Jam but gameplay is so clunky, players get tired easily, but its just plain boring. I don't see where they get so high reviews. I have bought some games lately and they haven't been very good either but this one has really stolen my money. Expand
  3. May 20, 2017
    0
    Shooting is glitched and getting piece of shots do not effect whether go in or not. Meaning there are shots in the game that will go in noShooting is glitched and getting piece of shots do not effect whether go in or not. Meaning there are shots in the game that will go in no matter what even without the power shot and there are plays you play that make every single shot they take. With tremendous disappointment I am telling you the game is broken. Expand