David Robinson's Supreme Court
Get out yer high tops! The Admiral's set sail for the Genesis.
David Robinson's Supreme Court by Sega is a no-frills b-ball game. It doesn't recreate real-life pro teams with their actual stats. In fact, you only play with four fictional teams. You even have to earn the right to play David Robinson (the NBA's premiere center) by winning a tournament. However, the game's anonymous ball players dish out vigorous 3- on-3 and 5-on-5 basketball action.
In this pro-style hoops contest, you can elect to take part in an Exhibition game against the computer or a friend. The way to go for single players, however, is to enter an all-out Tournament. You play 5-on-5 versus three teams. Then you enter a two game play-off series for the right to meet the All-Star team, led by the awesome Mr. Robinson!
Build your play-off team with a cool Draft feature, which adds a unique element of strategy to the game. First, you select the city you'll represent (Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, or New York). Then you draft players from a pool of 20. Your team begins with five players, and you draft five more. Take turns drafting players with the other teams.
Each team has strengths and weaknesses, so draft for need. For example, Detroit is loaded with fast runners, but they have a tendency towards foul trouble. Players are rated in average points per game, rebounds per game, steals per game, and blocks per game. You can't save your teams per se, but in Tournament Mode you can earn a password after each game.
ProTip: BABCTUYAA will get you into the Tournament as LA.
In Your Eyes and Ears
Supreme Court's sharp, 3/4 view graphics are above average. They enable you to clearly pick your players out of the melee of nonstop, in-your-face action.
However, this game displays action a half-court at a time. When the player with the ball reaches center court, the screen scrolls. The momentary fade-out will disorient you at first. More vexing are the directional controls, which also change. The music's okay for five minutes. However, the special effects make up for the tunes, particularly the boos from the crowd when you screw up.
Hot 3-point shooting can easily win games. Always draft a long-range gunner like Air Allnite.
The basketball action in this game is pretty good. You can perform 24 different shots with any player, from Monster Slams to Pile Drivers. A great role-playing feature enables you to play throughout a tournament as one player.
Make your computer opponents pass the ball often. Going for the steal is frequently successful.
Wannabe coaches will have a tough time. You can make substitutions, but there's no clear-cut way to tell when a player's fatigued. You also have to rely on your memory to recall your players' individual talents and faults.
Calling the Shots
David Robinson's Supreme Court is a solid basketball game, despite its few flaws. If you don't give a greasy sweat sock about simulated NBA action, go for it.
Is Supreme Court a match for your video b-ball game? You be the judge.
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When it comes to creating sports game, the folks at Sega usually follow a predictable pattern. First, they license a big name sports celebrity to endorse their game (such as Arnold Palmer, Tommy Lasorda, Pat Riley, and Joe Montana). Next, they add lots of flash and glitz to the game to make it look great, even if the great graphics come at the expense of realistic sports play.
When it comes to a celebrity endorsement, Sega's got one of the best in David Robinson's Supreme Court. David Robinson is arguably one of the top five players in the NBA At seven-feet, two-inches tall, he definitely qualifies as "big!".
And Now for Something Completely Different
This time Sega has taken an unusual approach. They sacrificed graphics at the expense of realism. David Robinson's Supreme Court is one of the fastest moving sports games ever made. Your players will charge up and down the court at speeds equal to an NBA contest. While there are no close-up slam dunk visuals (as in Pat Riley Basketball, Sega's first Genesis round ball game), there are 24 incredible moves -- from a gliding tomahawk slam to a rim-rattling two-handed dunk.
Another unique feature of this game is the player selection phase, where you choose your starting line-up from a group of 20 players. Each player has different strengths and weaknesses, so it's up to you to balance your team design.
While we're talking unique features, David Robinson's Supreme Court possesses Role-Playing for MVP. This doesn't mean you'll be grabbing a broad sword at half time and battling to the death. Instead, this feature selects the MVP of the game after the last ball is sunk. If you're selected as MVR you'll be invited to the ultimate showdown, where you take on a team led by David Robinson.
Welcome to Mr. Robinson's neighborhood! Just in time for the Olympics Sega's planning to release their latest basketball game -- David Robinson's Supreme Court. This title features a 45 degree angle view of the court, digitized graphics for incredibly life-like players, and mucho speed! Check out Robinson's two-handed monster slam, his demoralizing blocks, and his awesome jumper. You can run, jump, dribble, fake, steal, and pass -- and don't forget to try a tomahawk slam dunk, reverse layup, or a 360 degree spin dunk. Here comes the Judge!