And1 Streetball - PS2

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And1 Streetball (PS2)
Also for: Xbox
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Sport: Basketball
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Black Ops Entertainment Soft. Co.: Ubisoft
Publishers: Ubisoft (US/GB)
Released: 1 Sept 2006 (GB)
2006 (US)
Ratings: BBFC 12
Features: Vibration Function Compatible, Analogue Control Compatible: analogue sticks only, Multitap adaptable
Connectivity: Network Adaptor (Ethernet) compatible
Accessories: EyeToy USB Camera, Memory Card, Dual Shock Joypad


Last seen on a virtual basketball court in 2002 with the Activision-published Street Hoops, Black Ops is back on the tarmac with And1 Streetball, brought to us this time around by Ubisoft. Some of the finer points of basketball weren't relevant to Street Hoops and - surprise, surprise! - And1 Streetball is a game in very much the same vein: impenetrable lingo, intrusive music, and physically improbable tricks and shots a go-go, despite the insistence that the game 'keeps it real'.

Anyway, And1 Streetball is an amusing enough diversion for fans of the rim and onion bag. There's a Story mode in which you go on the And1 Mix Tape Tour - the world's premier streetball event, apparently - where your originality and ability to wow the crowds may help get your name mentioned in the same breath as true streetball legends such as The Professor and Hot Sauce (last year's Belgian Eurovision entry, we seem to recall...). Only joking!

Being able to create your own player and your own signature moves is a neat touch, and customisation of games is welcome too. Half or full-court games are available, and you can choose anything from a one-on-one to a five vs. five battle on the tarmac. There's nothing like a little musical accompaniment while having some baggy-shorted herberts running rings around each other, and - joy of joys - And1 Streetball gets its DJ Kicks from almost all points of the compass: the eclectic mix of exclusive/unreleased hip-hop tracks represents various styles - West Coast, East Coast, and the Dirty South Crunk, each court coming with its own sound and flavour.