"Double Dribble" (Wii Virtual
Let's be honest--if you don't know what "Double Dribble" is, you
have never played video games before.
Now, that being said, while "Double Dribble" was a classic
basketball video game back in the day, it has not held up well over
time, because now, "Double Dribble" just ain't as sexy as it used to
be! Featuring eight random teams (all named by city, since
"DD" didn't have the NBA license), "DD" is basically a run-and-gun
fest that features 5-on-5 action, except that because the game's
engine is so poor, it could never handle all five of either team's
players on one side of the court at the same time...so, you never
have more than 3-on-3 at any given time.
The big deal with "DD" was, is, and always shall be the ability
to get close to the rim on offense, jump, and then let go of your
jump/shoot button when your player is over the rim, triggering the
always great "dunk" animation. Even though there are only
three separate animations, I still loved them all. I did not
like remembering that there is a missed dunk animation, too...it's
the same as the other three, but it ends with the ball not going in.
Not great, but for a measly $5 on the Virtual Console, totally
worth it. Just don't play for longer than about 10 minutes.
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience