If you’re a basketball fan who happens to like rhythm and dancing games, NBA Baller Beats might just be game worth looking into. Newly unveiled at E3 2012, this latest offering from Majesco Entertainment Company and HB Studios is a Kinect exclusive for the Xbox 360 and incorporates the challenge of a motion-controlled sports game with the timing and rhythm-based dancing of games like Dance Central. Using the Kinect technology, you are challenged with pulling off various basketball moves while keeping beat with a licensed soundtrack.
The gameplay in NBA Baller Beats utilizes the Kinect censor to detect your body movements as you perform the movies alongside an in-game basketball player, and the objective is to dribble the basketball and perform the moves while keeping time with the music to score points. By performing well, you unlock perks such as new moves, higher difficulty levels and achievements. To provide replay value, the game also has unlockable environmental accessories, posters, trading cards and other goodies. Since we can’t imagine that dribbling an imaginary basketball could be a fun experience, it’s good to note that NBA Baller Beats comes packaged with Spalding replica of an official regulation NBA basketball. Whether your neighbors downstairs will share your enthusiasm for the game is another matter altogether.
The soundtrack confirmed at the time of the E3 announcement includes an eclectic roster of musicians including Common, Skrillex, Run DMC, Gorillaz, Interpol and Kayne West. Each song has a customizable difficulty level, ranging from Rookie to “Baller”, and there is a multiplayer mode that allows for 8 players to battle for the highest score. All in all, if you love basketball and want something challenging, this is a game to keep on your radar.
NBA Baller Beats is scheduled for release on September 11, 2012 for the Xbox 360, with the MSRP of $59.99. Those who pre-order this title form Gamestop will receive a free assorted 3-pack of NBA Fathead Tradeables that feature the likeness of select NBA stars. To check out the launch trailer, click the video link below.