NBA Baller Beats Review
NBA Baller Beats Box Art
System: Xbox 360
Dev: HB Studios
Pub: Majesco
Release: September 11, 2012
Players: 1-8
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.

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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.

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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.

By
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: September 11, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.2
Graphics
The graphics are admittedly barebones and the note stream is smaller than I would like.
4.6
Control
How they got the Kinect to accurately track a basketball, I have no idea.
4.6
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Guilty pleasures all around from LMFAO to Skrillex to Lady Gaga.
3.9
Play Value
If you have a big enough area to play the game, it's one heck of a good time.
3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • NBA Baller Beats is a fun, high-energy, first-of-its kind basketball video game for Kinect that is unlike any sports video game on the market.
  • The game is extremely innovative; it requires you to actively play using a real basketball (which is included free with the game)!
  • Aspire to perform like a pro as you master ball-handling skills.
  • The music acts as your guide as you bounce the ball to the beats of a slamming soundtrack.
  • Features an eclectic mix of music across decades and genres, from hip-hop to rock to old school classics.

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