|System: Xbox 360|
|Dev: HB Studios|
|Release: September 11, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Mild Lyrics|
Now that's not to say that the game doesn't have its problems. While the execution of the game is top-notch and the concept behind the game is innovative, it's only accessible to a very small amount of people. First of all, you need an incredibly large space just to play it. You need tons of space to dribble and move your legs, and you need adequate space in front of the Kinect for it to detect all of your movements. This is actually further away than a lot of other Kinect games that have hit the market. Because of this, you also need a much bigger TV than usual. The dribble stream is a bit smaller than I'd like it to be, and doing this on a tiny 19" monitor is a recipe for disaster.
Speaking of disasters, you essentially need a basketball court-like setting in order to make this game work. That means you need a hard and very unbreakable floor. Second floor apartment? Better hope your neighbors don't mind the incessant thumping they will inevitably hear. I tried this game in a variety of locations, and none of them proved to be optimal. My basement's ceilings are too low to do the "shoot" movement, and my bedroom and living room are carpeted so I couldn't dribble. Eventually, I gave up and literally moved my Xbox and TV outside to my driveway. Unfortunately, I probably won't be up to doing this much in the future, which is a serious blow to the game's replayability.
Oh, and make sure that there is absolutely nothing breakable around when you play this game. You are actually actively dribbling a ball, and a small screw up is enough to make the ball go flying off in some unexpected direction. I more than once managed to knock over my TV with the basketball, and I'm lucky I'm not out of a TV because of it.
That being said, NBA Baller Beats is an amazing game, although somewhat hard to pick up and play on the fly. If you have an environment suited for it, definitely pick it up. Even if you aren't a hardcore basketball fan, it's a fun diversion that will be an absolute hit at parties.
However, there is one sort of person who absolutely should pick this game up: high school basketball coaches. Setting this up in a gym where you know the TV can be protected would make for one of the coolest gym classes I could possibly think of. Letting your team dribble to LMFAO or Skrillex would officially make you the coolest basketball coach ever.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: September 11, 2012