NBA Street V3
|NBA Street V3|
Europe cover art.
|Publisher(s)||EA Sports BIG|
|Designer(s)||EA Black Box|
NBA Street V3 is the third game in the NBA Street series. It is the sequel of NBA Street Vol. 2. It was released for PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox, along with a PlayStation Portable port of V3 called NBA Street Showdown.
Contributing rappers to the Golden Age of Hip Hop, the Beastie Boys, appear as playable characters.
The GameCube version contains Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach as playable characters. This was part of a deal Nintendo had with EA Sports to have Nintendo's intellectual properties appear in EA franchises.
Gameplay consists of standard three-on-three streetball games as well as alternates such as a competition to be the first to a certain score or other objective. Players can try to collect trick points, which are scored through the use of excellent ballhandling and execution.
In NBA Street V3, Gamebreakers return to their original format from NBA Street, becoming once again unpocketable. This time, while in the air just before landing a dunk, the person controlling the Gamebreaker can do tricks with the right analog stick or pass the ball to teammates. Depending on how well these tricks are executed, and how long the ball is passed (each player may only have the ball once during a Gamebreaker), a dunk could be worth two to four points, and the opposing player's score would be subtracted by one, causing a three-to-five point swing. In an NBA game, the score changes become three to five points for the offense and a loss of two for the defense, amounting to a five-to-seven point swing. The risks added by this mechanic are the possibility of overdoing the tricks and therefore missing the basket, or (due to the variance in offensive points) allowing an opponent to take advantage of a poor or failed Gamebreaker to entirely reverse the momentum of the game. The same controls for the Gamebreaker apply in the new Dunk Contest feature. The "trick stick" is also used on the ground for specific tricks, while the trick button now performs a random trick.
Aside from customization of National Basketball Association players, it includes detailed character creators. It is also possible for a player to customize his own court; starting with a street court and eventually obtaining the top priced NBA courts.
NBA Street V3 was developed by EA Canada, and was released under the EA Sports BIG franchise. Its developing team largely consisted of the same people who developed SSX 3 and NBA Street Vol. 2. The game was first unveiled in July 2004 and was intended to be, according to the game's executive producer William Mozell, "[a] celebration of the culture and inventive style of street basketball".
NBA Team Rosters are accurate as of December 17, 2004
|Atlanta Hawks||Antoine Walker||Al Harrington||Josh Childress||Jon Barry||Kenny Anderson|
|Boston Celtics||Paul Pierce||Gary Payton||Raef LaFrentz||Ricky Davis||Mark Blount|
|Charlotte Bobcats||Emeka Okafor||Gerald Wallace||Jason Kapono||Primoz Brezec||Brevin Knight|
|Chicago Bulls||Tyson Chandler||Eddy Curry||Kirk Hinrich||Antonio Davis||Ben Gordon|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||LeBron James||Dajuan Wagner||Drew Gooden||Zydrunas Ilgauskas||Jeff McInnis|
|Dallas Mavericks||Dirk Nowitzki||Michael Finley||Jason Terry||Jerry Stackhouse||Marquis Daniels|
|Denver Nuggets||Carmelo Anthony||Andre Miller||Kenyon Martin||Marcus Camby||Neně|
|Detroit Pistons||Richard Hamilton||Rasheed Wallace||Ben Wallace||Chauncey Billups||Tayshaun Prince|
|Golden State Warriors||Jason Richardson||Mike Dunleavy, Jr.||Troy Murphy||Clifford Robinson||Derek Fisher|
|Houston Rockets||Tracy McGrady||Yao Ming||Juwan Howard||Jim Jackson||Maurice Taylor|
|Indiana Pacers||Jermaine O'Neal||Reggie Miller||Ron Artest||Stephen Jackson||Jamaal Tinsley|
|Los Angeles Clippers||Elton Brand||Corey Maggette||Kerry Kittles||Marko Jaric||Chris Wilcox|
|Los Angeles Lakers||Kobe Bryant||Lamar Odom||Caron Butler||Brian Grant||Vlade Divac|
|Memphis Grizzlies||Pau Gasol||Jason Williams||Bonzi Wells||Mike Miller||James Posey|
|Miami Heat||Shaquille O'Neal||Eddie Jones||Dwyane Wade||Udonis Haslem||Wesley Person|
|Milwaukee Bucks||Michael Redd||Desmond Mason||Keith Van Horn||T.J. Ford||Joe Smith|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||Kevin Garnett||Sam Cassell||Latrell Sprewell||Wally Szczerbiak||Troy Hudson|
|New Jersey Nets||Jason Kidd||Vince Carter||Richard Jefferson||Jason Collins||Ron Mercer|
|New Orleans Hornets||Baron Davis||Jamal Mashburn||P.J. Brown||David Wesley||Jamaal Magloire|
|New York Knicks||Stephon Marbury||Allan Houston||Jamal Crawford||Tim Thomas||Penny Hardaway|
|Orlando Magic||Steve Francis||Grant Hill||Cuttino Mobley||Hedo Turkoglu||Dwight Howard|
|Philadelphia 76ers||Allen Iverson||Glenn Robinson||Kenny Thomas||Corliss Williamson||Samuel Dalembert|
|Phoenix Suns||Steve Nash||Shawn Marion||Amar'e Stoudemire||Joe Johnson||Quentin Richardson|
|Portland Trail Blazers||Zach Randolph||Darius Miles||Damon Stoudamire||Derek Anderson||Shareef Abdur-Rahim|
|Sacramento Kings||Chris Webber||Mike Bibby||Peja Stojakovic||Brad Miller||Doug Christie|
|San Antonio Spurs||Tim Duncan||Tony Parker||Manu Ginobili||Brent Barry||Robert Horry|
|Seattle SuperSonics||Ray Allen||Rashard Lewis||Vladimir Radmanovic||Ronald Murray||Luke Ridnour|
|Toronto Raptors||Jalen Rose||Donyell Marshall||Morris Peterson||Rafer Alston||Eric Williams|
|Utah Jazz||Andrei Kirilenko||Carlos Boozer||Matt Harpring||Mehmet Okur||Carlos Arroyo|
|Washington Wizards||Antawn Jamison||Larry Hughes||Gilbert Arenas||Juan Dixon||Kwame Brown|
- 24k featuring Elephant Man - "Move Out Remix"
- Ak'Sent - "Bounce"
- Ali Vegas - "I am Street (NBA Street V3 Mix)"
- Beastie Boys - "An Open Letter to NYC"
- De La Soul - "Me Myself and I"
- Dirtbag - "I Ain't Going Nowhere"
- Don Yute - "A Lot of Girls (NBA Street V3 Mix)"
- Deuce Poppi featuring Trina - "To the Floor (NBA Street V3 Mix)"
- Guerilla Black - "Trixxx"
- House of Pain - "Jump Around (Pete Rock Remix)"
- MC Lyte - "Ruffneck"
- Nitty - "Hey Bitty"
- Shells - "Ladies and Gentleman"
The game was met with very positive reception upon release. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 88.18% and 89 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version; 87.77% and 89 out of 100 for the Xbox version; and 87.76% and 88 out of 100 for the GameCube version.
Detroit Free Press gave the PS2 version all four stars and called it "deceptively deep, graphically sharp and a beauty to behold in the hands of two skilled players." USA Today gave the game three-and-a-half stars out of four, saying, "Style, style and more style sums up the presentation of EA's hallmark street franchise. The courts look authentic and D.J. Bobbito Garcia returns with more colorful play-by-play. The music is mostly classic hip-hop and rap artists like House of Pain and the Beastie Boys that fit nicely within the action." The Sydney Morning Herald gave it four stars out of five, saying, "The game has never looked better with easily recognisable pro players and vividly detailed courts. But where this latest installment excels is in enhanced options and customisation for serious fans, while still offering pick-up-and-play access for those after a quick sporting fix."
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