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NBA Playgrounds

Rating Summary

Based on 79 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

65

Top Critic Average

24%

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Based on 79 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4May 9, 2017
Xbox OneMay 9, 2017
PCMay 9, 2017
Nintendo SwitchMay 9, 2017

Developer: Saber Interactive

Genre: Sports

Classic NBA arcade action is back! Take your “A” game to the playground and beat the best in high-flying 2-on-2 basketball action. Practice your skills, play with up to three others on your Nintendo Switch™ and use your talents to posterize your opponents with acrobatic jams and ridiculous displays of skill. Collect your favorite players from a massive roster of current and retired NBA superstars from every team. Travel to playgrounds across the globe to compete against the very best with your massive arsenal of dunks and moves. Use your fine-tuned skills to take on the master of the playground himself – Allen Iverson.

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Eurogamer

No Recommendation / Blank
Eurogamer

NBA Jam is revived in this spiritual successor, though not everything's quite as you remember it...

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IGN

7.4 / 10.0
IGN

NBA Playgrounds isn't as deep as NBA Street or as beautifully simple as NBA Jam, but the gameplay is still well paced and the controls are still tight. It mixes this gameplay with cartoonish qualities and a retro style that fits an arcade basketball game, and earning new packs of random players is always rewarding. That said, I've taken some bad beats from the random power-ups system, and the online options are slimmer than I'd like. But as long as Saber Interactive delivers on its post-release updates, Playgrounds will have enough going for it to keep me coming back for more.

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Game Informer

7 / 10.0
Game Informer

Considering legacy brands like NBA Jam and NBA Street are nowhere to be found this generation, NBA Playgrounds is a welcome hoops diversion for sports game fans

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Polygon

4.5 / 10.0
Polygon

NBA Playgrounds stifles any above-the-rim action promised by placing condition after condition on the gameplay

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Recent News

NBA Playgrounds 2 picks up 2K Sports as publisher

NBA Playgrounds 2 picks up 2K Sports as publisher

Arcade basketball game will also take on 2K branding

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NBA Playgrounds 2 Is Now NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, Coming Later This Year

NBA Playgrounds 2 Is Now NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, Coming Later This Year

NBA Playgrounds 2 is now NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 and has been pushed back until later this year.

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Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn Free Download Available for Nintendo Switch NBA Playgrounds Owners

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn Free Download Available for Nintendo Switch NBA Playgrounds Owners

Shaq Fu A Legend Reborn may not be the sequel anyone asked for, but it is out today and some lucky Nintendo Switch owners can grab it as a free download. That's right. 100% free. That is, as long as you bought NBA Playgrounds before its big update.

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