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Backyard Sports Basketball 2007
From: Atari
For: PlayStation 2
Genre: Family, Sports
ESRB Rating: Everyone (6+)
Backyard Sports Basketball 2007
Looks like a kid's game, walks like a kid's game... but it's a duck. A lame one. Ha ha.
Posted June 02, 2007
While of similar breeding to Backyard Baseball 2007, Backyard Basketball 2007 ups the ante a little by adding many more licensed pros -- their kiddified likenesses, that is -- from the NBA.

Gameplay is your basic, dumbed-down "street" b-ball, which equates to "backyard" b-ball with cute and cuddly fatheaded graphical smears meant to represent players. Actual gameplay is a little more robust, constant back & forth, 3-on-3 that it is (as opposed to the world's slowest favorite game, baseball) but controlling your little dudes is still a clunky, popped-a-couple-too-many-quaaludes affair that's hard to watch and annoying to play. Overall it's better than Backyard Baseball 2007, but that isn't saying much.

Funny, but there are slim pickins' for kid-friendly sports games out there, and the Atari's Backyard sports games pretty much dominate the niche by acclamation. Too bad they don't bother to make them good.
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Bang for your buck:
Good Rental 
Poor New Purchase 
Ok Pre-played 
Good Bargain-bin Buy 

Score:  2.25  (out of 5)