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05-25-2017

NBA Playgrounds

In our positive review of NBA Playgrounds, we pointed out that it's an enjoyable game but that it's enjoyable despite of a glut of problems. Probably the most concerning dealt with shooting the rock. Players have unique shooting animations and NBA Playgrounds asks that you release the shoot button at the right moment while never really knowing when that right moment is. It leads to a weird disconnect where NBA legends blow simple layups and dunks.

Developer Saber Interactive has spent the past few weeks getting buried by an avalanche of feedback, as players weren't quite happy with a lot of the intricacies that NBA Playgrounds shipped with. In the past few days, a patch released that addresses a lot of these issues. (It's out on PC; PS4, Xbox One, and Switch are coming as soon as they pass certification on their respective platforms.)

The biggest gameplay alteration focuses on how the shooting works. Now, there's a shooting meter with red and green sections that indicates when to release the ball. Finally, players have some feedback as to why their shot didn't go in. Before, the game would simply say "Early" or "Late" even if you felt like it was just as well-timed as the shot that went in the last time up the court.

Here's a player-made video that shows off the new system:

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