NBA Baller Beats has been in development over the last two years and what better time to finally showcase this intriguing game than at the recent E3 gaming expo.
The Idea? To make a music rhythm game from dribbling a basketball in your living room. Sounds crazy right? That's why this game has gotten so much attention post E3. Using Microsoft's Kinects functionality players will have the ability to dribble, crossover, pump fake and more, to over 30 tracks including beats from Kanye West, Common, LMFAO and Skrillex.
At the E3 stage demo, NBA star Deron Williams showed a short but solid demonstration of the gameplay, showing off the games potential. Don't worry if you don't handle the ball like Williams, thankfully the game is made for all skill levels and ages with multiple challenges and skill sets.
The game's difficulty ranges from easy, where a simple left and right dribble combination with the occasional crossover is added, to the 'baller' level we're even Deron Williams was sweating to keep up. This game not only increases your ball handling skills but also your hand eye co-ordination (on 'baller' settings, the beats go way too fast for you to look away from the screen).
This concept actually works to improve your basketball skills while playing a video game. That must be a first. It's a challenging, unique experience and I have to respect the developers Majestic for developing such a different type of game.
A few questions come to mind: What if I have a carpet floor or a rug? Or neighbours downstairs? They'd love me bouncing a basketball on their roof to loud music for a few hours.
The developers believe that the official NBA Spalding basketball that you receive with the game is designed to bring you the full experience regardless of what surface you are playing on. The issue with the neighbours, well, good luck fixing that one. (They're already mad at me for my late night Rock Band marathon sessions anyway! - Editor Dominic)
I'm really looking forward to this game, it definitely wont win game of the year, but it has potential to inspire other developers to use Kinect in different ways.
Would you ever think of giving this a go?
NBA Baller Beats Drops September 11 , 2012 on Xbox 360
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