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March 11 2007
NBA Street: Homecourt - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
23/3/2007EA GamesEA SportsEA Canada
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1-6TBA$119.95

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The games lighting is interesting.
Basketball fans get ready for the onslaught of titles on the Playstation 3 this March. Oh, no, wait. Electronic Arts scrapped the PS3 version of NBA Live 07 entirely while Sony aren't going to bring out NBA 07 to PAL territories at all. So that leaves us with two options at the PS3 launch. The first is 2K Sports' realistic simulation NBA 2K7 while the second is an arcade styled street based basketball game from Electronic Arts called NBA Street: Homecourt. With this being the fourth game in the series following three fabulous outings on the PS2 we're keen to see if Electronic Arts can bring the thrills to the next-generation.

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Player models are very impressive.
In NBA Street: Homecourt you will go from an unknown talent to a playground legend and put your homecourt on the map by dominating courts from coast-to-coast. Create a baller, improve his game, and feel his confidence build after every win. It's your turn to take on the NBA's best and walk away a hero.

Two of the key features in this title are the Trick Remixer and the Game Breaker. The Trick Remixer is an all-new trick system that gives you the ball and puts it in your hand. Take control of your player's rhythm mixing quick tricks with elaborate moves using two trick buttons. Perform crossovers with an instantaneous response and string together the perfect blend of combinations to take over any game. The Game Breaker allows yo to unleash a whole new set of over-the-top tricks and electrifying dunks, or watch in disbelief as your rival steals away the opportunity. Whoever has the money ball owns the Game Breaker, so releasing it into play is only the start of the pulse-pounding action. Interestingly depending on how well you perform the dunks they can still be worth three points!

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One of the outdoor courts.
The create-a-player mode in NBA Street: Homecourt allows you to quickly create avatars by melding your favorite NBA stars into the ultimate baller. Mix and match the likes of Vince Carter and LeBron James for leaping ability, Allen Iverson and Chris Paul for ball handling, and Ray Allen and Peja Stojakovic for superior shooting skills.

If there's one area where we are bound to be disappointed it's with the online modes. OK, to be fair Electronic Arts Australia hasn't confirmed that the online modes are gone (as with most PS2 titles) however that feature is strangely omitted from their web site - again. As with the previous generation Electronic Arts don't seem to be going anywhere too fast or exciting in this area. Hopefully ranking boards or similar features will be online here still.

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Ready to slam it home.
Graphics in NBA Street: Homecourt are pretty special. Not only has each professional player been realistically modeled but move superbly with some superb animation on all the players and many smaller touches in both the foreground and backgrounds adding that little bit extra to the title. For the first time in the series Electronic Arts are including players from the WNBA including Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Sheryl Swoopes as well as three more. To keep things supers slick EA Canada have managed to lock the game in at a solid 60fps if you're running at 720p or 1080i, while the the game drops to a still solid 30fps when running in 1080p.

This really is shaping up as another very nice title for the Playstation 3 launch. Hopefully the extra power provided by the Playstation 3 will result in some even more over the top action. While both NBA Street: Homecourt and NBA 2K7 could complement each other quite well in any gamers collection, most basketball fans on a limited budget will have a hard time deciding between these two great games. Our reviews should clear that up closer to launch.