NBA Baller Beats is such a strange concept for a game. Mixing basketball and Dance Central sounds like a bizarre idea, but fans of rhythm titles may like this new take on the genre. Up until now, all we’ve really seen are promotional trailers which don’t explain much, but now Kenny “The Jet” Smith is here to explain a little about how it all works.
It’s quite simple, really: All you do is bounce the ball along to the beat, switching sides when prompted. Along the way, you’ll be mixing in skill moves, such as between-the-legs bounces, pump fakes and passes. As with most rhythm games, successfully following along earns you points, which translate into stars at the end.
The game actually sounds like fun, now that I know what the hell is going on. However, I feel that the number of people with living rooms set up to accommodate such a title is probably very low. For one, you need enough room to play Kinect – that’s probably okay. Secondly, you need a floor that a ball can bounce on – they claim carpet will work, but I think we all know that it won’t. Oh, and if anyone lives below you, don’t even think of buying this game. Thirdly, and this is the most important part, you need some kind of guard in front of the TV, so when you lose control of the ball (as you inevitably will), you don’t smash your $2,000 plasma screen.
So for the handful of people who fit this profile, check out the tutorial video. For everyone else, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait for a slightly more practical rhythm game – Hacky Sack Beats, or something like that.
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