4. NBA Street (GameCube, Playstation 2, Xbox)


I said traditional sports games, didn’t I? I have spent more time with NBA Street over the years than with any other sports game, and yes, that does include the first few years of third-generation Madden that wowed everyone repeatedly. I feel like this game fits more into the licensed build because it took an established franchise in the NBA and made it into something different, with street ball to 21. The create-a-player mode was excellent, especially as you earned skill points to turn your rookie into a force of nature, and the wide array of moves, tricks and dunks made this game so much more rewarding than a realistic sim. The game didn’t take itself seriously at all, but that was why it stayed in my GameCube for almost an entire summer.

NBA Street also allowed me to exact gamer revenge on some close friends of mine. Once again, at that LAN place, Planet Syrinx, a few of my friends had introduced me to Warcraft 3 and Defense of the Ancients. Since they had been playing DotA, they destroyed me repeatedly (you have to love the lack of tutorial from the DotA vets) for a few weeks. One day, I convinced them to play NBA Street 2 for Xbox, because it “looked like it could be fun”. I told them I had never played, because I had not played the sequel yet. The beating I put on them is still something we joke about today, and is also why the phrase “Serving it up!” is injected into certain conversations where it seems fitting. It’s also why we spend a little more time explaining the mechanics of games we’re introducing our friends to, rather than throwing them to the wolves, DotA style. Sadly, they never want to play me in NBA Street anymore, so I don’t get to play this as often as I would like these days.

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Marc Normandin was gaming editor of Blast from 2008 to mid-2010. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected], or follow him on Twitter @Marc_Normandin

4 Responses

  1. Eddie Makuch

    awesome list! loving the Star Wars love. Personally I loved the Simpons games. I know they had some uber flaws at times, but with 100% authentic voice acting, even in today’s games, jeeze that’s a feat in itself.

    I would have put Goldeneye as #1, but only because I played that game religiously in my youth. Before school, every morning for years, honestly. The varying levels of difficulty, the FREAKIN’ sweet multiplayer that is today a point of reference for all multiplayer enabled titles, the classic and awesome weapons, and the total bad-assery of the level design. I mean really, how can it not be on XBLA, or the VC yet?? I would buy a copy for myself, and for anyone who hasn’t played it!!! Also, somehow enable it to be online multiplayer? and I promise you, you’d have millions of gamers playing a 10 year old game over the internets!.

  2. herc

    man you should have herucles action game for ps1 on here it was great!
    and it followed the movies story to the teeth!!


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