Street Hoops - PlayStation 2
- For the Playstation 2
- Platform: PlayStation2
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Street Hoops is like the kid who shows up on the first day of school decked out in brand-new, brand-name duds, trying really hard to be cool and laid-back, while his rival (in this case, NBA Street) effortlessly oozes hip, relaxed charm. It's not that it's a bad game--it's that it could be so much more, if only it wasn't trying so hard, and in the most shallow ways.
Everything about Hoops is overly complicated, with no real payoff. The players can be personalized and stylized--you get to pick haircuts, jewelry, tattoos, and clothing. But instead of being a cherry on top of an otherwise great game, this decoration is in some ways more interesting than the actual court time. This issue of mixed-up priorities really takes root in the mechanics of the game. Considering there's no tutorial, the overly designed controller configuration gets in the way of just starting up and playing the game for the fun of it. In another example, unless you assign controllers to teams in the opening menu, the game mysteriously starts playing itself.
The music is great, with songs by mainstream hip-hop artists. But the abundance of tie-in deals seems like overcompensation for poor play. Hoops sometimes feels like a catalog, heavy with ads for clothing, sneakers, and sunglasses. In a spectacular example of the obtrusiveness of this co-branding, gamers can get cheats by buying real-world Sprite (vending machines for the soda are also littered throughout the game maps). Still, there's a fair amount to recommend Hoops--mainly the presence of real-life street ballers. The opening cinematic of inspired tricking makes you want to invest the time to make this game pay off. Anyone who just wants to play a little ball with their friends--a pickup game instead of a tournament--would be better off looking to the unmatched NBA Street. --Jennifer Hauseman
- Options like taunt and intentional foul evoke true baller bra
Street Hoops is a gritty, street-style basketball game that encompasses the look, speed, energy, and attitude of park and playground blacktop competition. The game allows players to represent their hometowns in a nationwide tournament on the most notorious street courts in the nation. Players can choose from a roster of athletes and performers, including key athletes made famous by the And 1 mix tapes and Nike's Freestyle commercial series.
Realism is the rule. Players are allowed to bet cash on competitions and buy authentic real-world gear--including Sean John, Ecko Unlimited, Southpole, and Pure Playaz--with their cash. On the court, you can talk trash, shout, and throw an elbow, if need be. The game features multiple modes of play, including World Tournament, King of the Court, Multiplayer vs., and Half-Court. Street Hoops offers a wide variety of real freestyle basketball moves and a hip-hop soundtrack.
Top Customer Reviews
This game is fun to play (...)BR>I recomend this game to all who loves basketball, well Ghetto basketball plus you can check out videos from the street gangstaz
i said earlier. Man, they sure got skills. For those people who saw the AND1 Tour, you know what I'm talking about...
The game is pretty fun and all but the one main thing that really throws me is that create a player mode. What the ... is the point of the mode if you cant even create your players name? Im not joking. I had a few great names ready, for example: MAD MEASTRO, MASSACRE, EPSILON and ICE PAK. Cool huh? But anyway, i thought that was pretty much the main factor.
Why are there even teams on this game. No one is designated on a team, meaning everyone in the game is a free agent. So much for having a favorite team. Also, why is it that you have to create 8 players at once in order to have money to support them all? I hate that.
WHy couldn't ALL of the players have their own moves? THat would be good. Im sorry for complaining, but why do you keep having to buy clothes over and over to edit your teams, excuse me, players look? Sometimes you check and see that your players looks are totaly out of whack. Very frusterating.
Once again, im sorry for complaining. THose are just the things that bother me and Im sure im not the only one who saw this and didnt like it.
Most recent customer reviews
Now, Im not saying I hate Streetball, but this game makes Streetball look like Sesame-Ball. I bought this game last year for fun, but this game is bull. Read morePublished on March 11 2004
This game is really awesome! The graphics are great, gamestyles are awespme.
The game styles include 3 on 3, World Tournament and many others. Read more
I love this game.
It's lets me tour with the guys, but I'm not actually there.
I feel as if Im part of the game.
I felt like Im on the jV team. Read more
Im a 13 year old girl, this game is not only for boys but for girls too. This game is the best b-ball game that i have played. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003 by kvolleyplaya9
This is a great game.You can pull of any tricks.I learned alot from it.Buy this gamePublished on Sept. 28 2003
Besides the great graphics this game has A GREAT soundtrack. The game is unbelivable. It is like full contact basketball. Very Fun. Read morePublished on June 20 2003 by T Kueber
Street Hoops is on of the best games I have ever played. It is just like the real thing. The courts are the same and the players are life like. Read morePublished on April 17 2003
I'll put it plain and simple. Glitchy, boring and lame. That was all I saw in this game. Some decent music however. But other than that, it's just another clone gone bad.Published on March 24 2003 by SleepyJD
Aight, this game is tight. Bet sum cash on a game, win da game, buy new gear. 3 simple steps. Also getting your white boy an afro and a big chest tatoo with sum blingin necklaces... Read morePublished on March 18 2003 by Trent