The spirit of NBA Jam is set to live on in NBA Playgrounds, a new title from Saber Interactive, the team behind Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Quake Champions.
It's coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this May at a digital price point of around $20, and the developer has just revealed the full roster of players in the game:
- Aaron Gordon
- Al Horford
- Al Jefferson
- Alex English
- Allen Iverson
- Alonzo Mourning
- Andre Drummond
- Andrew Wiggins
- Anfernee Hardaway
- Anthony Davis
- Ben McLemore
- Ben Simmons
- Bill Laimbeer
- Bill Russell
- Bill Walton
- Billy Cunningham
- Blake Griffin
- Bradley Beal
- Brandon Ingram
- Brook Lopez
- Buddy Hield
- CJ McCollum
- Carmelo Anthony
- Chandler Parsons
- Chauncey Billups
- Chris Bosh
- Chris Mullin
- Chris Paul
- Chris Webber
- Clyde Drexler
- Damian Lillard
- Danilo Gallinari
- Danny Ainge
- David Robinson
- DeAndre Jordan
- DeMar DeRozan
- DeMarcus Cousins
- DeMarre Carroll
- Dell Curry
- Derrick Rose
- Dikembe Mutombo
- Dirk Nowitzki
- Dominique Wilkins
- Dragan Bender
- Draymond Green
- Dwight Howard
- Dwyane Wade
- Elfrid Payton
- Emmanuel Mudiay
- Enes Kanter
- Eric Bledsoe
- Evan Turner
- Frank Kaminsky
- George Gervin
- George Hill
- George Mikan
- Goran Dragic
- Gordon Hayward
- Grant Hill
- Greg Monroe
- Hakeem Olajuwon
- Harrison Barnes
- Hassan Whiteside
- Ian Mahinmi
- Jabari Parker
- Jahlil Okafor
- Jakob Poeltl
- Jamal Crawford
- Jamal Murray
- James Harden
- James Worthy
- Jason Kidd
- Jaylen Brown
- Jeff Teague
- Jeremy Lin
- Jimmy Butler
- Joel Embiid
- John Stockton
- John Wall
- Jonas Valanciunas
- Jordan Clarkson
- Jrue Holiday
- Karl Anthony Towns
- Karl Malone
- Kawhi Leonard
- Kevin Durant
- Kevin Johnson
- Kevin Love
- Kris Dunn
- Kris Humphries
- Kristaps Porzingis
- Kyle Lowry
- Kyrie Irving
- LaMarcus Aldridge
- Larry Johnson
- LeBron James
- Luis Scola
- Luol Deng
- Magic Johnson
- Marc Gasol
- Marcus Morris
- Marcus Smart
- Marquese Chriss
- Mason Plumlee
- Matt Barnes
- Maurice Cheeks
- Michael Beasley
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
- Mike Conley Jr.
- Mitch Richmond
- Monta Ellis
- Nerlens Noel
- Nicolas Batum
- Nikola Jokic
- Nikola Vucevic
- Oscar Robertson
- Otto Porter Jr.
- Patrick Beverley
- Patrick Ewing
- Pau Gasol
- Paul George
- Paul Millsap
- Paul Westphal
- Rajon Rondo
- Ray Allen
- Reggie Jackson
- Ricky Rubio
- Robert Parish
- Roy Hibbert
- Rudy Gay
- Rudy Gobert
- Russell Westbrook
- Scottie Pippen
- Shaquille O'Neal
- Shawn Kemp
- Shawn Marion
- Spud Webb
- Stephen Curry
- Steven Adams
- Thon Maker
- Tim Hardaway
- Trey Burke
- Ty Lawson
- Tyreke Evans
- Victor Oladipo
- Vince Carter
- Walt Frazier
- Willis Reed
- Wilt Chamberlain
- Zach LaVine
- Zach Randolph
Are any of your favourites there? Let us know by shooting a 3-pointer in the comments section below.
Good seeing multiformat games coming out on Switch at the same time as the others...
I can't see the file size being small enough for this to be a viable option as a digital-only download on Switch. Publishers should considering producing cartridges of their larger digital titles for the Switch, if nothing else. This is going to demand a high asking price for a digital-only title (likely AU$30), plus, say, AU$10 worth of Micro SD card storage. I'd rather pay a bit more and have it on cartridge.
... I don't recognize a single name. I blame myself for stop watching NBa when Jordan retired. Looking forward to this one, hope it delivers the boomshakalakha I sorely miss.
*UPDATE: Yes, I have been pointed out that there are "legend"players up in there, thank you.
I can play as Joel Embiid?!? Awesome!
@Shiryu : Not even Magic Johnson?!
Or the Shaq?
I know Shaquille O'Neal and I've never even seen a game.
I can't wait to see how this turns out,I've got high hopes for it.
@ZiggyZane I read somewhere that you got to pay a looooot of money in order to use Jordan in your game. 2K can afford that, but certainly not these guys
@sillygostly Oh cool, "vintage" players! Sadly every time I think of Shaq my mind goes straight into "Shaq-Fu" mode...
I recognise some players that appeared in NBA: Hangtime and there is a big list I haven't seen or heard of. Dean Radja and Rick Fox from the Boston Celtics are not the list. Charles Oakley isn't on it either, I am sure enough he was a great player for the New York Knicks. Kobe Bryant isn't there too. In the end there are a great list of players and will buy the game after a week.
No Mike (or Bird)? But there's Magic, Shaq, and Wilt.
@Shiryu there are players on the list from Jordans era and even before
Jordan and Bird!
@ValhallaOutcast I have been pointed to that in the comments above, thanks.
Wasn't there major problems with Halo: The Master Chief Collection?
There will be DLC that will add even more players.
I used to be a basketball fanatic, back in the day of Bird and Magic. Today's basketball is GARBAGE and would not watch it if you paid me.
Haven't played a basketball game in ages, but this is a Day One purchase for me.
Who alphabetizes by first names?
I would imagine this will do far better then NBA 2k will later this year. When it comes to basketball more people like this over realism.
@freaksloan Thought it had online issues originally? Could be wrong as I don't own it.
I don't see Kobe or Rodman, or Bubblegum Tate on there!
@ZiggyZane Royalties. The developers would need to pay a bit of money to include those and other players, raising the cost of this title even more. I think for $20 this is a very decent list of players including a lot of NBA All-Stars. Still I'm pretty happy with my home team all-stars being included, plus the likes of Shaq, Johnson, Iverson, etc. You never know additional players could be added with time, and though unlikely players like Jordan or Rodman could give their consent to have their likenesses included for free. This is easily looking to be a day one purchase for me.
@Jack_Goetz I heard that quite a bit as well.
I have reservations since this is a relatively unproven studio with little experience with sports titles, but I hope for it to review well, and if so, might get on board.
@Jack_Goetz I don't own it, but according to gaming press, the online component wasn't up for months.
@ZiggyZane MJ ? Now you know that's not happening lol..not for a $20 game heck Jordan would want $19.50 of that lol
Good to see Shawn kemp in here I used to rock his shoes and would occasionally cheer for the Seattle sonics
WOW! That's a HUGE roster! I can't wait for this! ..wait it's 2017 and Michael Jordan still has licencing issues? lol.
@ZiggyZane Dennis Rodman is good friends with Kim Jun Un and Michael Jordan always had licensing issues in the past, not sure about now though
Haven't got a clue who most of them are as I'm not a basketball fan but will deffo be picking this up.
NBA jam was one of my favourite SNES games and if I even got half as much enjoyment out of this it would be money well spent
I'll get it,no kobe either.
As long as Stockton and The Mailman are on the list...
Nice but I want Jordan, rodman and Parker to make the game a real arcade fiesta 😍
@Shiryu And that game came from Delphine Software, the studio behind Another World, Flashback and Fade to Black!
Just goes to show that fighting games just weren't their forte.
Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon!
How long will Derrick Rose last before he blows out a knee?
Is Tim Duncan too early of a retire? He should be in here. But I guess it's just an arcade game. Could of, should of, would of I guess.
@antster1983 "Fade to Black" wasn't exactly a highlight in their otherwise respectful career.
If this game's reviews are at least decent (mostly 7's) I'll get it for sure! I LOVE NBA 2K, but I also LOVED NBA Jam and NBA Street V3 so there's a good chance I'll get way more than $20 worth of value out of this game
@ZiggyZane I need MJ.
@Darius_Truxton Jordan's name and likeness actually demand more money now then when he played. It's a little ridiculous, but I guess you have to protect the brand.
Maybe him and some of the others mention will come to DLC. As single player downloads, it could allow you to pick who you wanted without having to break the bank.
If this has similar gameplay to NBA Jam then I will deffo pick this up, and I dont even follow Basketball. If its fun arcadey and over the top Im sure this will be a multiplayer hit.
@Shiryu Magic Johnson is before Michael Jordan, as well s Karl Malone (I think).
Now I will buy.
So Kemp is in there but no Payton. It's only half a game in my book.
I'll have some of that , when's it out?
Haven't played a basketball game in a long time.
I'll be getting this. I like crazy sports games, and there's been a shortage of them for some time.
Love that Shawn Kemp is there...But no Gary Payton?
It's strange to me they have Louis Scola but no Eric Gordon.
So Stockton and Malone are here. Too bad there are 3 players, I can't find any other classic Jordan-era Jazz members.
Having Shawn Kemp in this game makes it an instant buy. I'm from Elkhart, Indiana, where he played high school basketball.
Who cares about Jordan. I want The Greek Freak!! Where is he???
Understand some of the bigger names not being on here but there are some player I would have thought would be included that aren't. Isaiah Thomas Senior (and Jnr come to think about it), Gary Payton (Kemp but no Payton is just wrong), Paul Pierce I could go on and on. Although this is a decent size roster and when I get a switch it will be a day one purchase.
No Charles Barkley?
I'll see you boys and gals on the court ! Look out ~
I don't know who half of these people are but I'm going to get this. Boomshakalaka!
@sillygostly Shaq is there. The guys I am missing are Bird, Jordan, and Magic. Take care.
Well, at least Scottie Pippen is there. Jordan deservedly got all the attention, but Pippen was my favorite back then.
But we have Wilt!!!
SHAQ-FU!! Love Shaq. Jordan will never endorse this; but it would be great if they could get Kevin Garnett and Mookie Blaylock on board. Awesome to see Spud Webb and Dominique there, too.
I love some arcade sports action; looking forward to this one.
@Swoltacular Sorry to hear that. It does make me a bit concerned about the online component of NBA Playgrounds. Hopefully, like you say, the team reason responsible for MCC's online has been replaced.
I guess I'm not the target market, since I only know eight of those names. Kudos for having Wilt Chamberlain on the roster, but I'm not likely to buy this. Still, good to see a nice variety of games coming to the Switch, as it should help it get the games I am interested in.
Alphabetizing by first name is really weird, though.
there will be a lot of dlcs with hundreds of other players (they say on reddit)
I hope it will come out in May! I'm looking so damn forward to it!!!11!
Extremely random roster. A lot of rookies who aren't proven or anywhere close to it. Some current players with experience who aren't even the 1, 2 or 3 on their teams, yet the 1, 2, 3 guys are missing (Klay Thompson, Serge Ibaka). Just very odd overall.
@sillygostly both Magic & Shaq are on the list....I'm disappointed that I don't see Kobe up there 😫😭😫
Oh, indeed. I will get this. Have to decide on which system though... PS4 PRO, XBOX ONE, SWITCH, or PC. Switch may be the frontrunner since I could take it to work with me🙂
So no non-basketball celebrities for the sake of comedy like in the NBA Jam games? Who wouldn't want to play as President Trump or Hillary Clinton?
@BulbasaurusRex : Or a dwarf?
I'm pretty late to this thread but my appreciation for Jimmy Butler is obvious. What an eclectic list of players, ranging from some true legends to barely starters in todays game. I'm looking at you Ricky Rubio. Ben Simmons hasn't even played a game in the NBA yet. Kinda weird but still cool.
Man as a Celtics fan I'm upset with this roster, no Bird, no Kevin Mchale, and most importantly NO ISAIAH THOMAS, I mean, the man was only a top 10 player this year and was talked about (not very much which is fair) as a candidate for MVP. Oh well at least we have The GOAT Bill Russell and...Al Horford.
Edit: okay, I just looked it up and Isiaiah is gonna be dlc, I think that's garbage, but at least he'll be in the game.
Interesting assortment of players.
My boy Buddy Hield made it though!
Though where is Peja Stojakovic? He better be DLC.
OK, LeBron...Kyrie...Love...looks good to this Cavs fan!
Scrolled down looking for Shaq.
He's on the list.
Sold. Don't even care what the game is.
Where are D'Angelo Russell, Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley, Klay Thompson, Isaiah Thomas, Yao Ming, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Larry Bird, Steve Nash, Tracy McGrady, Amare Stoudemire, Julius Erving, Isiah Thomas, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Gary Payton, Dario Saric, Paul Pierce, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Brian Scalabrine?
Weird how Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson made it but D'Angelo Russell was left out. There's Shaquille O'Neal but no kobe Bryant. There's Shawn Kemp but no Gary Payton. There's Magic Johnson but no Larry bird. There's Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, but no Klay Thompson. There's Jabari Parker and Thon Maker but no Giannis Antetokounmpo. There's Chauncey Billups, but no Richard Hamilton.
@Shiryu They are there though. Just not Michael Jordon (guess he asked too much perhaps?).
Magic Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal are there for example.
@BulbasaurusRex "Who wouldn't want to play as President Trump or Hillary Clinton?" DLC hopefully
@Reignmaker Or how about David Stern and Adam Silver.
Clyde Drexler my favourite
@crackafreeze man I loved those shoes !
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