Team USA Basketball (video game)

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Team USA Basketball
Team USA Basketball.jpg
Cover art
Developer(s) Electronic Arts
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series NBA Playoffs
Platform(s) Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
Release date(s) 1992
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

Team USA Basketball was a 1992 video game that was available for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis game console. The game was a spinoff following the success of the Bulls vs Lakers video game as well as the popularity explosion of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team also known as the "Dream Team". It is the third game in the NBA Playoffs series of games.

A three-card set was bundled with each copy of the game released for the North American market. Put together, the cards showed the entire roster against a sky background with the words, "BARCELONA '92" in red and white.

Gameplay[edit]

The game could be played in various ways: players could play against each other, or against the computer. Games against the computer were divided into two modes, "Exhibition" or "Tournament". Players could pick from one of the countries around the world to represent in the Olympics:

In the actual Olympic tournament, Croatia took the silver medal in the USA's closest match, with Lithuania taking bronze after being defeated by the USA in the semi-finals.

The player can also use an All-World team, comprising the best players among the non-US squads, including Toni Kukoč, Bill Wennington, Andrew Gaze, Rik Smits and Vlade Divac.

Games could be configured for international 20 minute halves. The court was also different from the usual NBA game since it followed international dimensions, with a trapezoidal area and a different 3-point line.

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
Mega 72%[1]
MegaTech 80%[2]

USA roster[edit]

The game had the entire Team USA Roster including late addition Clyde Drexler and NCAA star Christian Laettner. The USA roster for the game is:

See also[edit]

  • NBA 2K13 – video game featuring the 1992 USA basketball team

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mega review, issue 1, page 56, October 1992
  2. ^ MegaTech review, issue 11, page 42, November 1992