Ever wonder what it's like to play defense against Michael Jordan or to try and stop a Charles Barkley runaway dunk? Or perhaps you've had the urge to get in front of a Los Angeles Lakers lightning fast break: In Lakers vs. Celtics for the Sega Genesis you'll get your chance to live out these and other basketball fantasies without breaking a sweat.
Lakers vs. Celtics is an amazing, realistic simulation of the 1989 NBA playoffs, which features the eight teams that made the quarterfinals: Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, Portland, Phoenix, and Utah. It also includes the Eastern and Western Division all-star teams. You can play a single game head-to-head against a friend or go solo with your favorite team in the playoffs. There's a password mode for the playoffs, so you I can continue from where you left off after you've completed a game.
Gimme the Ball! Gimme the Ball!
If you were counting on another "all offense, no defense" basketball game (and believe me, there are more than enough of those around), forget it! This game makes you play tough D, move the ball around, and clear out the lane for the rebound.
You control one player at a time, but you can shift control to another teammate by pressing the В button. You can tell which player you command because his sneakers turn black. The rest of your team is computer controlled and performs the way you'd expect NBA pros to perform: They'll try to get open for a pass or set a pick so you can take a shot. On defense, however, the computer-controlled players on your team tend to play a little "soft." You're much better off trying to shift control to a player closer to the man with the ball, rather than relying on the computer to guard the man for you.
Just as in the NBA, making a steal or blocking a shot often leads to a fast-break slam dunk. By pushing the A button when you're on defense, you can make your player jump for a rebound or a block. By pressing the С button when your defender is close to the ball handler, you can attempt a steal. Stealing is the most important defensive weapon you have, so try it as often as possible.
Two other realistic additions to Lakers vs. Celtics are player fatigue factor and player fouls. Yep, your guys can foul out of the game, so be careful. Your players also tire out if you don't give them an occasional breather. Hey, they're athletes, not supermen. Even Michael Jordan sits during a game (although not for very long).
Lean, Mean Scoring Machine
Every team has its own style of play. One style is not necessarily better than the other. The key word here is "execution." You can be just as successful on offense with the Boston Celtics' slower paced half-court offense as you can with the Los Angeles Lakers' never-pause-for-a-breath, fast breaking style. If you maneuver, move the ball around, and hit the open shots, you'll come out a winner!
There are four ways to take a jump shot in Lakers vs. Celtics. To take a standard jump shot when you have a man wide open press A down slowly and then release it. Miss many of these babies, and it's Bench City. To give a defensive player a pump fake before taking a shot, give the A button a quick tap, then press A again to take the shot. To shoot over a defender, press the A button and release it at the top of your jump. This is the type of shot that separates the NBA elite from the NBA regular joys.
The fourth way to shoot the ball is the real crowd pleaser -- the Take It to the Hoop Slam Dunk. If you have any doubt as to the realism of Lakers vs. Celtics, try a dunk or a lay up with an NBA superstar, such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, or Charles Barkley. These guys have all the moves of their real life counterparts!
Alpha Phi Jamma
To say Lakers vs. Celtics is a good sports game is like saying King Kong is a large monkey. It's great, wonderful, superlative, fantastic... wait let me dig out my thesaurus... radical, awesome, exceptional... I'm sure you get the picture. This is truly the most accurate recreation of round ball for any video game system -- you can even recognize your players. Lakers vs. Celtics is an adrenaline-boosting, fast-paced sports masterpiece. Grab yourself a Genesis controller and pull up a chair, Lakers vs. Celtics is on the tube, and it's show time!
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