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Quick Look: NBA Playgrounds

Watch Vinny, Alex, Dan, and Jeff alley-oop with the best of 'em in NBA Playgrounds. BASKETBALL.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

May. 14 2017

Cast: Jeff, Vinny, Alex, Dan

Posted by: Abby

In This Episode:

NBA Playgrounds

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Will this be as nice as NBA Jam from the old days?

Edit: no.

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Even in retirement as a bobblehead, Stockton is still playing with a tall asshole.

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Hot dunk

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Bit of a funny coincidence but I just played through TimeShift which was made by the same devs who made this game. That wasn't great either.
They seem to be involved in Quake Champions also? Their credits of games are interesting.

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Man these cartoon versions of real players are terrrrrrible.

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Can you play as Bugs Bunny?

Edit: Those drinks sure fucked Vinny up. Definitely thought its a gag of Ben pretending to be Vinny.

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So a person who has never heard of Steph Curry, but can name 200 current pro wrestlers exists.

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Sick Vinny

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NBA Street Homecourt, I bought it 10 years ago and never played it. Should I?

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They complain about the timing a lot, but I don't think I saw anything but late release misses. Did nobody actually play around with the timing with short taps, or does this game somehow never tell you if you're early?

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Looks lame, don't like the overall feel or style.

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What's up with the slowly plodding yellow shirt man so many weird design and art decisions ... 25 years after NBA jam and no one can make an NBA jam

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Oh my, the art style is atrocious. It reeks of low-budget 3D cartoons from the mid 2000s. It's completely devoid of any personality or charm.

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Three!

Also, this theme is superbly awful... and I love it.

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Yeah, but which Jeff? Guess I'll see.

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Sick Vinny sounds like Ben at the start. Anyways, game looks meh but I'm loving the frequent cross coast qlooks, sound was good in this one.

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"Who are the Stone Rocks?"

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I guess something is wrong with me... I really like this game a lot. The timing of shots takes some getting used to, but I didn't like Jam because it was too easy in that respect. I haven't even noticed the announcers because I play while listening to podcasts. I also have never really watched or enjoyed real basketball, only jam and street. Maybe that is why my view of this game is broken.

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Boy, this is just awful. I'll stick to either the original NBA Jam or the remake on Xbox 360.

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street vol 2 was my favorite basketball game...they should make a new street

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Fuck Steph Curry

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@yodalong: I agree. People keep comparing it to NBA Jam, but this game does it's own thing. I'm having a lot of fun unlocking players, leveling up and doing the challenges.

And the dev seems dedicated to keep updating and addressing issues, there was a huge patch and there's another one coming soon. I am really happy there finally is a good arcade sports game on PC again.

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Playerunknown's NBA Playgrounds

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Wouldn't that Playstation Share Play thing let you play this game over the internet with friends?

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Alex, if you press circle during the player selection screen, you can back out of the current players and choose new players for online/tournament play.

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This looks fine. If they patch out that weird temporary paralysis players have when inbounding the ball, that alone will do wonders for pacing. People calling this atrocious or ugly is a bit much.

@csl316 said:

NBA Street Homecourt, I bought it 10 years ago and never played it. Should I?

Provided you take it for what it is — it's a lot different from the previous Street games — you should. It feels wrong at first but it's unique and it plays really well once you get on the same page with it.

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this makes me wonder if there's any sort of arcade perfect port of nba jam tournament edition on xbox one backwards compat or something.

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As a Nuggets fan... no where is safe T_T

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They couldn't license Kirtis Blow's "Basketball"

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@dim499 said:

So a person who has never heard of Steph Curry, but can name 200 current pro wrestlers exists.

I want to upvote this all day.

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Is the way the announcers are pronouncing Curry's first name correct?

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Playerunknown's NBA Playgrounds

100 players parachute onto an island where they must scavenge for basketballs and jerseys, then compete in emergent dunk competitions throughout the island. But don't hang out too long in one area as the playfield continues to shrink as the match progresses.

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When given the chance always choose Chauncey Billups #1

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@2mello said:

Is the way the announcers are pronouncing Curry's first name correct?

According to this, it seems so. My given name is also Stephen, so it sounds wrong to me, but whatever (the only person who has ever called me "Steff-an" was a Russian supervisor that I gave up on correcting).

Edit: Vinny sounds a little Horse...

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Can't believe Alex keeps calling Steph Curry one of the best in the world after he blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals after being named the league's first unanimous MVP

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@dim499: Dan lives in the weirdest version of reality I've ever seen. The lens that he sees the world through is so goddamn strange to me. He knows nothing about so many topics but is really knowledgeable on things like... wrestling.

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Poor sick Vinny.

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@mojofac: I got you:

Ehlo

Abdul Rahouf

Dikembe

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Faried

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Marculionis

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Sick Vinny sounds like regular Ben and my brain hurts.

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Just makes me want to play NBA Street Vol 1.

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@pudge said:

Sick Vinny sounds like regular Ben and my brain hurts.

I was thinking the exact same thing.

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@ripelivejam said:

Playerunknown's NBA Playgrounds

100 players parachute onto an island where they must scavenge for basketballs and jerseys, then compete in emergent dunk competitions throughout the island. But don't hang out too long in one area as the playfield continues to shrink as the match progresses.

Barkley Shut Up and Jam Gaiden 3 concept right here.

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Something about these human proportions are unsettling to me.

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Can't Vinny stay at home and rest and get better? :(

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What are they using to stream without delay to Jeff? They've had a few of these quick looks done this way, and it's got me curious.

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No fouls, out of bounds or backcourt violations, but still a shot clock? Bullshit.

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@icf_19xx said:

Can't Vinny stay at home and rest and get better? :(

I'm 100% sure he could but with a new person you usually don't want to. Even if it means bearing down on it. On top of that who knows if it's a cold or something else entirely like allergies or such. Overall dude is a very senior (executive?) CBSI employee in NYC. If he can't actually afford to take a day off who can?