Following a listing by the Australian Classification Board - which all but confirmed its existence - Saber Interactive has finally made it official. NBA Playgrounds 2 is coming to Nintendo Switch, although it's currently got a vague 2018 release window attached.
The original NBA Playgrounds - which offered a cross between NBA Street and NBA Jam - had a troubled start on Switch, but it's silly, over-the-top basketball antics was still a hoot when it came together. The sequel promises to take that same two-on-two setup with a fresh set of NBA legends and current ballers (over 200 in total). There are also plenty of new modes on offer:
Playgrounds Championship mode introduces a new worldwide ranked league system, featuring multiple competitive solo and co-op division ladders for players to climb. Season mode is a new single-player experience that recreates the feeling of leading a team through the regular season, playoffs, and, ultimately, the NBA Championship itself. There’s also improved matchmaking with dedicated servers, the arrival of four-player online matches, the return of three-point contests, custom matches, and more – pick your team and play without limits!
NBA Playgrounds 2 is slated for a 2018 release on Nintendo Switch. Will you be picking up a copy later this year, or have the various issues with the original made you stick with NBA 2K18? Share your thoughts below...
But will it be released as a broken, unplayable mess as well?
If not, I don’t want to know about it.
Standards are important.
Yea - no thanks.
@DockEllisD I agree, I'm excited about this. I love arcade sports game and if they add more, like they seem to be, it could be a gem.
Remove the unnecessarily complicated shot mechanic, improve the loading times and use better announcers, only then would I even consider this.
This has sold really well on switch so no surprise about number 2 being confirmed
@DockEllisD The season mode what exactly what I wanted - with a few added modes and they could easily double the roster without even adding any legends - although I am sure they will add some of the missing legends. Adding duplicate legends that played on more than one team (more than they did) would please me and more of the current players. Im actually really excited for this release.
Number 1 sucked, so I'll pass
Won't be a day one purchase but if it reviews well and it's not a mess like the first one was in the beginning i might invest.
I'll stick to NBA Jam. Not falling into that trap again.
Nothing fills me with faith more than a sequel released 1 year after the first game.
I'll probably just play the original on Xbox game pass
What?! I just bought the first one!! 😵
Uhhuh cool and all but i still want my free copy of shaq fu
Wasn't the first one bad enough. Fool me once... No thanks.
I’m excitted. Obviously I hope for better reviews and launch state then the previous game, which ended up convincing me not to buy the game.
Deliver a winner out the gate and I’ll most likely join in.
This came out of no where, i have the first one got it on launch but it never really lived up to the hype on Switch. Could never find any matches either...
@nab1 I hear ya. Once simple button + turbo is all you should need to pull off a dunk. Timed button presses ruined the game
Wow they actually made a sequel to that dumpster fire?
The article says vague 2018 window but It says Summer 2018 in the video.
didn't get the first one, but will get the second one.
@Biff_ARMStrong At least Shaq-Fu for free made this pill easier to swallow
Free copies will be made available when Shaq Fu has a botched launch
I've played the first a bit, and it falls so short of Jam or Street it's ridiculous to put them in the same sentence.
I do play this though, because it's ok, and Jam and Street haven't been made for years.
I find the steals and rebounds to be horribly frustrating. Often pressing steal does nothing, no visual at all. Rebounds often go to the computer, even when you are Shaq and the CPU is Iverson.
Shooting is wildly inconsistent, and never great. The lack of turbo means it is hard to dunk, because you always run out. You do layups constantly!
It's like an arcade game mixed with a realistic game, and ends up not being as good as either.
... But the games are short, so it's easier to jump into than a game of the ridiculously superior NBA2K.
I don't know if I want a sequel.
I would never play this with a friend because it's honestly be easier to play 2K with them.
I just wish this had the player responsiveness of Jam or Street.
... But that means starting over.
Frustrating game, but one that I continue to play.
@JarJarBlacks It definitely did! Shaq Fu actually looks pretty fun as well.
I’m happy with the first and for the little I play it I doubt I’ll upgrade to the second.
The first game was decent, but how in the hell do they expect to fool you twice? the Switch version had some many hiccups and issues getting updates (maybe partly Nintendos fault) but still I cant see people rebuying this game for anything but a huge difference and it looks so close to the same, even the song is the same
I bought the first and originally enjoyed it sinking dozens of hours into the game, but the play mechanics were updated later on with a strange shot meter mechanic that was very different from the original release. I tried to get used to it but just couldn't get into the game again. Would have been nice if they had a menu option for two different control schemes. I loved NBA JAM as a kid but this isn't the evolution of that game, just something else in my opinion. I wish them luck, but I'll hold off until its heavily discounted this time. Still waiting on their promised Shaq Fu for early adopters if they decide to go through with it.
Being a massive fan of NBA Jam in addition to the remake that came out on Wii / PS3 / 360 / iOS et al, Playgrounds isn't even close.
It seems to be more of a sim wrapped in an arcade package which makes it deceptively frustrating. Jam is a fun, pure arcade experience where you can really let your hair down. Playgrounds make me shut the game off in anger.
They went a long way with implementing a visual timer on the screen etc, but the tournament modes really get frustrating.
The CPU all of a sudden become godlike and the degrading commentary about how bad you are playing just pisses me off even more.
I really wish they would port On Fire Edition of JAM to current consoles. It's really a no brainer.
Since the CEOs of major companies were called to the US court I took that a little too literally XD
I don't think this game needed a sequel....
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