A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players perform well, no egos in the virtual NBA.
Violence & Scariness
Far less than a real NBA game.
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No bad words, unlike the real NBA.
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Products & Purchases
Advertising is present in the arena on billboards. Of course the game also promotes the NBA and their top players, who in turn promote even more products in real life.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this kind of sports simulation game can bring out everyone's competitive nature so they may need to remind kids (and adults) that it's only a game and sportsmanship should trump trash-talking, especially at home. Also, parents should know that the controls for this game are difficult to master. Parents should also be aware that this game lets kids play online against strangers, which Common Sense Media doesn't recommend for children under age 12. There's nothing policing what strangers can say to your kids while playing online.
Is It Any Good?
Players experience that "me-first" attitude that tells these giants to take the glory themselves. Players will have better control, faster response, and much better accuracy while controlling superstars. Fortunately, the game reflects real life -- while Shaq is great at rebounding, he still can't make a free-throw to save his life. While superstar dominance is fun to watch and control (and the players' animations look terrific), it turns contests between teams that seem evenly matched into routs, simply because one team might have more stars than the other.
The only other problem with the game is the controls. There's a button to dunk, a button to make a jump shot, and another button to lay it up. Wouldn't a single button that reacts to how the character is moving make more sense? NBA Live '07 foregoes a bit of basketball fidelity in favor of glitz, glam, and slam-dunks; but again, it's a terrific way to simulate the highlight nature of the sport in your own living room.
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