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Dunk From Your Couch With ‘NBA Playgrounds’

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"NBA Playgrounds certainly isn't going for realism. Jumping to the hoop from the three-point line certainly isn’t possible in real life, but it sure is cool to pull off." Image source: NBA Playgrounds Twitter

"NBA Playgrounds certainly isn't going for realism. Jumping to the hoop from the three-point line certainly isn’t possible in real life, but it sure is cool to pull off." Image source: NBA Playgrounds Twitter

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Imagine LeBron James doing a double backflip off the rim and slamming the ball into the hoop… This would be awesome to witness in real life, but is only possible in the new game NBA Playgrounds by Saber Interactive.

The game features several modes, such as tournament and exhibition, but all are centered around two-on-two basketball. Crazy plays such as dunks, alley oops and blocks are rewarded with power ups, which endow the player with powers such as increased points per shot or making shots magnetized to the hoop

Sometimes these lopsided advantages lead to games that are lost unfairly, but the powers are great when you get them.

Basketball is played around the world, and this is represented in NBA Playgrounds. You can play in New York, London, Tokyo, or Shanghai, as well as Seattle and Las Vegas. Each court serves simply as a cosmetic change, but it livens up the background considerably.

The game uses a system in which players are unlocked by leveling up and collecting packs of player ‘cards’. Silver packs contain respectable players such as DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors or Jeff Teague of the Indiana Pacers. Truly excellent players, such as LeBron James or Allen Iverson, can only be unlocked in the harder-to-obtain gold packs.

NBA Playgrounds certainly isn’t going for realism. Jumping to the hoop from the three-point line certainly isn’t possible in real life, but it sure is cool to pull off.

Although it’s not a perfect game, NBA Playgrounds is well worth the price of $20, and it provides great entertainment if you’re looking for crazy basketball fun featuring your favorite NBA players.

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