NBA Elite 11 by EA Sports

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Easy-to-play basketball simulation for fans on the go.

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The app takes what can sometimes be an overly complicated game genre and makes it accessible to virtually any player. At the same time, it doesn't sacrifice the variety of moves one would find on a console game.


The game is a promotional vehicle for the National Basketball Association. Ads for Sprite soda appear on the Jumbotron in the game's three-point shootout mode.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that NBA Elite 11 by EA Sports is a basketball simulation sports game for all iOS devices. The game offers up a five-on-five experience recreating the 2010-2011 season, including the All-Star game. The simplified control structure makes the app accessible to a wide range of players, but doesn't sacrifice fan favorite moves like spins and crossovers. There are some commercial aspects to the game, including a prominent Sprite sign on the Jumbotron in the three-point competition and for the developer itself, but that's far less than many console NBA games contain. There is no multiplayer option -- online or otherwise.

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Is it any good?

If you're a fan of NBA games looking for a precise simulation of the sport, NBA ELITE 11 BY EA SPORTS isn't it. It is, however, a fine game for fans who simply want to have a fun experience that's a step beyond an arcade-like basketball game. With easy-to-grasp controls and a smooth-flowing animation system, it gets a lot right -- even down to the television-like presentation. It's a fun single-player game, but it's a title that cries out for a multiplayer mode, something that NBA Elite 11 by EA Sports lacks. Of course, seeing that EA cancelled all other platform versions of this game, the fact that it's available at all is a notable achievement.

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