Pat Riley Basketball

It's appropriate that Pat Riley, coach the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, has his monicker on a basketball video game that emphasizes the fast break. After all, the LA Lakers play at a frantic pace -- slamming, jamming, flying up and down the court.

A Dunk-A-Thon

Pat Riley Basketball brings the Lakers' breakneck style to the Genesis. The offensive play is full of half-court passes and slam-dunks. In fact, 75% of your shots will be driving layups and dunks. Of course, your players can shoot 15- foot jumpers, but that strategy's just too risky when you can dunk the ball unopposed so often.

But don't get the idea this game's an offensive free-for-all. Solid defense can always stop a fastbreak offense, and learning defense is the key to playing competitive roundball with Pat Riley. Once you master stealing and shot blocking, you can keep the scores out of the ozone.

On the Easy and the Normal levels shoot long-range bombs from the backcourt, then position your players under the basket for the rebound and an easy slam-dunk.

This one or two player game lets you choose from eight different "Pro" cities such as New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Houston, and Denver. Pick your team and decide whether you'll be playing an exhibition or a tournament. Next, select the skill level of the computer opponent-Easy, Normal, or Hard. Teams are fairly even in strength and overall ability, but the five players on the team you choose are all unique.

Scrutinize the skill ratings for your players. Some players are much better outside shooters than others. Use your best outside shooter for three-point shots. Likewise, some players are much better defenders and have a greater chance of blocking as a slam-dunk.

Star or Bench Warmer?

To get to the championship game, you must pay attention to your players' skill ratings. Players are rated on a scale from 1 to 9 in four categories -- shooting ability, passing, speed, and defense.

Shooting ability governs the player's outside shot. This rating is important for shooting three-pointers and any other jumpshot outside the paint.

If you want your team to function like a well-oiled machine, you'd better be able to pass the ball around. A high passing rating is essential for your team's point guard to get the ball into the hands of your shooters, rather than turning the ball over to the other team.

On the Hard level, the computer defenders are very aggressive, so pass the ball as soon as a defender gets within reach of your ballhandler.

Speed refers to footspeed -- how quickly your player moves on court. Since running and gunning is what it's all about, your players better be fast -- especially your point guard. Additionally, a quick player is more likely to catch an opponent from behind and steal the ball.

Shoot as soon as you get the ball into the paint under your opponent's basket. It's almost always a slam-dunk.

The Defense rating governs your player's ability to steal the ball and block shots. Since defense is as important here as offense, this rating is critical to your team's success.

16-Bit B-Ball

Great graphics and some nifty sound effects add to the realism of this game. Once you master the "D." Pat Riley Basketball is an exciting, balanced game of roundball -- one of the best available for any video game system.

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  • Theme: Sports
  • Players: 1-2
  • Difficulty: Average

All Sega fans will be very impressed with the different shots in this cart. Slam, smash, and shoot your way through the opponents. Play against a friend for additional excitement.

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It was popular on the Genesis and Sega has detuned it a bit to work on the Master System. Featuring good close-up slam dunks and fast 2 player action.

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Lace up your Air Jordans and get ready for a new generation of SMS basketball! Featuring fast action and close-ups of freethrows and slam dunks.

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Pat Riley Basketball also know as "Super Real Basketball" - all non-American markets.

The first hoops game to appear on the Genesis, Pat Riley Basketball features two modes of play: Exhibition and Tournament. You can choose from three game times (20-minute, 48-minute and 80-minute), two game speeds (Normal and Slow) and two types of defense (Man to Man and Zone).

Due to the lack of an NBA license, no real players appear in the game. Instead, there are eight generic teams (such as the Los Angeles Hoops and the Dallas Wings) with five faux players on each team. Players are rated according to speed, shooting accuracy, passing ability and defensive skill.

Stats are kept for points scored, shots taken and fouls committed. In addition to fouls, there are numerous infractions you can commit. These include out of bounds, traveling, over and back, 5-second violation, 10-second violation, and 24-second violation. There are no substitutions in the game (therefore no foul-outs), but you can switch the positions of your players as needed.

During slam-dunks, free throws and three-pointers, the camera angle switches to a graphically enhanced close-up of the action. To sink a free throw or dunk, you must accurately stop a ball that moves on a meter bar. On defense, you can block shots (including dunks) and steal the ball.

Pat Riley Basketball features:

  • Eight teams
  • Pat Riley strategies
  • Four modes
  • Awesome graphics
  • Two-player action
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