NBA Street Vol. 3

 
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Another EA slam-dunk.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players like to put down opponents after a play, which isn't a great example of sportsmanship for young aspiring athletes

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language

Trash talking is a bit over the top, but no swearing.

Consumerism

Authentic team uniforms and the NBA logo are visible in just about every screen. Shoes do not have labels and other advertisements -- other than EA's logo -- are not seen anywhere in the game.)

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is ideally suited for children age 6 and older. The game is free of the mild violence in the popular NFL Street games. Players do foul, but they don't body-slam each other on the concrete -- fouls are more in line with what you would see in a live NBA game. While the language is clean, there is an excessive amount of trash-talking that takes place after each and every thunderous dunk.

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What's it about?

If you're new to this series, don't expect to see organized five-on-five games. NBA STREET VOL. 3 is all about fast-paced, full-court three-on-three basketball played on unforgiving blacktops -- without the aid of refs -- in some of the world's most famous playgrounds. The game features partial rosters from all 30 licensed NBA teams, along with 25 NBA legends who can be brought out of retirement for the ultimate dream team.

The biggest change is the addition of the Trick Stick (the right analog stick). This allows you to execute mind-boggling moves, like moving the ball through your legs a dozen times while floating through the air for a reverse slam-dunk. In court creator mode, players can build and customize their home court from the ground up. You can choose from hundreds of options including location, court surface, net, and even backboard styles.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

EA Sports has once again hit a slam-dunk with the release of NBA Street Vol. 3. The game offers plenty of excitement for the NBA basketball fan, but also offers variety and challenges throughout, making it a game that your kid will want to play for hours -- once they get a hang of the controls. While the Trick Stick adds an exciting element to the game, mastering the complicated controls that are needed to operate it effectively can be very frustrating for beginners.

Overall, this is the perfect addition to your kid's game collection. The only other potential drawback for parents of younger players is the amount of trash-talking throughout the game. There's no swearing, but it is not a good representation of the kind of sportsmanship that is often stressed in team sports.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the trash-talking in the game. A lesson about good sportsmanship before you let your kids take over the controls might be well worth your time.

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2, Xbox
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:February 9, 2005
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (PlayStation 2, Xbox)

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
 
Teen, 13 years old Written byfpsdude April 9, 2008
 

Fun B Baller

This is an entertaining game. Allowing you to create your own team of NBA stars and made-up players; take on other teams at real places like the Hawk. Mario fans rejoice V3 includes a Nintendo team ( Mario, Luigi, and Peach.) o yeah
Adult Written byAnAdult April 9, 2008
 

Boring.....................

This game is very boring i mean u cant play this game for 2 minutes without getting bored. the gamebreakers are to easy to get which really makes the game easy and boring. not to mention this game can really stress you out. it takes forever to get use to the game. the fist one was the best it wasnt easy to get a gamebreaker and easlily beat the game. gamebreakers are so easy to get my bro got like 4 gamebreakers in 1 game. so all i can say is boring and easy.

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