NBA (video game series)

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NBA is a series of four basketball video games developed and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The games are licensed by the National Basketball Association (NBA), and are one of several different NBA-focused basketball video game series. The games released in the series are NBA 06, NBA 07, NBA 08, and NBA 09: The Inside.

Games[edit]

NBA 06[edit]

NBA 06
NBA 06 Coverart.png
PlayStation 2 cover art
Developer(s) SCE San Diego Studio
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
PlayStation 2
Release date(s) PlayStation Portable
  • NA: October 4, 2005
PlayStation 2
  • NA: November 1, 2005
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer

NBA '06: Featuring the Life Vol. 1 is a basketball video game which was released on October 4, 2005 for the PSP and November 1, 2005 on PlayStation 2. It is the 1st installment of the NBA: Featuring the Life series by Sony Computer Entertainment. The product features Phoenix Suns power forward/center Amar'e Stoudemire on the cover. You may also compete in a new feature the PlayStation's Skills challenge. Not in any other NBA games.

This mode is a unique feature to the game and you take role as an NBA rookie. First, you must create your player and then go to pre-draft training camp of your favorite team.(You get to choose). After that you go to the draft and get picked by that team. Next is summer leagues and then eventually pro games. During those games you have to complete goals like scoring a certain amount of points or holding their star to no steals. If you fail at least one of the goals you have to start the event all over again. So if your player scores 100 points but fails to block someone( if to block someone is a goal) you will be forced to start the challenge over.

Amar'e Stoudemire and P.J. Carlesimo appeared in commercials featuring three fictitious failed NBA players:

  • Billy Joe Cuthbert - A physical defender and hard worker whose fouls and injuries shortened his NBA career. He plays pick-up games while wearing 1980s-era clothing, coaches kids, and hopes to play professionally again.
  • Jason "Sweet Money" McDaniels - Liked to shoot, just couldn't. After his NBA career fizzled, he worked in an office.
  • Sergei Vogavich - A Russian player whose attempt to transition into the NBA was a dismal failure. He was described as being big...and that's about it. After basketball, he moved back to Russia to work at his uncle's farm.

NBA 07[edit]

NBA 07
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Developer(s) SCE San Diego Studio
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Designer(s) Linux
Engine Chrome OS
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable
Release date(s) September 26, 2006 (2006-09-26)
PS3
November 17, 2006 (2006-11-17)
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single player
Multiplayer

NBA 07 is a basketball video game which was released on September 26, 2006. The product features Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on the cover, with his newly chosen jersey number of 24.

It is the second installment of the NBA: Featuring the Life series by Sony Computer Entertainment, and is a launch game for the PlayStation 3 format. It is the only game released at launch other than Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Ridge Racer 7 that supports the 1080p high definition video output, which was a major advertising point for the PS3.

On all consoles, the game uses graphics from TNT's NBA coverage.

  • AIAS Nominations (10th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards): Best Sports Game of 2006,[1]

NBA 08[edit]

NBA 08
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Cover art (PlayStation 3)
Developer(s) SCE San Diego Studio
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
  • NA: September 26, 2007
  • AUS: February 14, 2008
PlayStation 3
  • NA: October 12, 2007
  • EU: February 15, 2008
  • AUS: February 14, 2008
PlayStation Portable
  • NA: October 12, 2007
Genre(s) Sports, Simulation, Arcade
Mode(s) Single-player, Online

NBA 08 is an NBA basketball simulation developed by SCE San Diego Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was released on September 26, 2007 for PlayStation 3 and October 12, 2007 for PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2. For the second time in the series, Phoenix Suns F/C Amar'e Stoudemire is featured on the cover—Stoudemire appeared on the cover of NBA 06 two years before.

Unlike most NBA games, this one has a story. A coach has had a rise in fame, but after last year's championship win, he announces he is retiring. It's up to the player to make his last year worth while.

NBA 09[edit]

NBA 09: The Inside
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Developer(s) SCE San Diego Studio
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3
Release date(s) October 7, 2008
Genre(s) Sports, Simulation, Arcade
Mode(s) Single-player, Online

NBA 09: The Inside is a basketball simulation game developed by SCE San Diego Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The game was released on October 7, 2008 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. This year's game does not feature a single cover athlete but instead features a group of six NBA players that include Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Paul Pierce, and Dwyane Wade.

The game includes all 30 NBA teams along with 14 of the 16 NBDL teams (The NBDL teams are excluded from the PlayStation Portable).

  • Quick Play- this mode allows you to choose an NBA or D-League (excluded in PlayStation Portable) team to play in a normal game.
  • Franchise- allows you to choose one NBA team and control its player transactions and other things covered by a real General Manager.
  • The Life (not available on PlayStation Portable)- allows you to play 3 different stories of an NBA player's rise from the D-League to the NBA.
  • NBA Replay (not available on PlayStation Portable)- this mode allows you to replay a game played in real life.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "10th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards". AIS. Archived from the original on March 25, 2008.