Classic NBA arcade action is back! Take your “A” game to the playground and beat the best in high-flying 2-on-2 basketball action. Practice your skills offline, play with up to three others and take your talents online to posterize your opponents with acrobatic jams and ridiculous displays of skill.
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Mostly Positive (465 reviews) - 71% of the 465 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 8, 2017

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May 26

NBA PLAYGROUNDS Update 1.1.2

Thanks for all your feedback regarding the last patch. We really appreciated and we´re releasing this patch for the weekend with some improvements we made based on your feedback.

We know that the patches are quite big at this point due to some technical limitations. We´re working on a solution to create smaller patches in the future.

Thanks again for all your great feedback. See you on the playground.

Notable Changes:

  • Added: A loading screen with the explanation of the new Shot Meter and how player stats define the success ratios for the scoring action.
  • Added: 5 new dunks were added to the current set.
  • Adjusted: The steal action has been re-balanced based on your feedback to better fit the intended gameplay. Overall, succeeding with a steal action became harder.
  • Adjusted: The 3 pointers were adjusted so that players with good stat have an increased chance to score whereas the chance to score for players with low stats was lowered.
  • Changed: The card background of Epic and Legendary cards are now silver for Epic cards and golden for Legendary ones.
  • Changed: The number of steals needed for the Las Vegas challenge Nr. 2 was reduced to 6 (was 10).
  • Changed: The number of steals needed for the Shanghai challenge Nr. 3 was reduced to 4 (was 7).
  • Changed: A team can only include each player once; it is no longer possible to have a team with the same players
  • Changed: Shaquille O´Neal chance to score a 3-pointer was drastically reduced

Notable Fixes:

  • Fixed: An issue that allowed multiple options to be selected at the same time in the Options Menu was fixed.

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May 24

NBA PLAYGROUNDS Update 1.1.1

We're releasing this patch to address some of the issues we saw following the release of patch 1.1.0. We also added the option to hide the shot meter as it was requested by many of you.

Notable Fixes:

  • Added a percentage of success to the shooting attempts according to the stats of the player
    • The Shot Meter now has a gradient color to indicate the chance of success based on the various factors that influence the attempt (such as distant and stat of the chosen player)
  • Added the option to toggle on or off the Shot Meter in the Options Menu
  • Balancing and general improvements
  • Localization fixes

Thanks for your support.

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NBA Playgrounds Update 1.1.0



Many thanks for the continued support! We have the best players in the world and we are privileged to serve you.

Update 1.1.0 for PC/Steam brings the heat! Challenge your friends, enemies and other players online. Game on! Friends matchmaking is here. With the new Challenge feature, you’ll be able to directly challenge another player to a game on the Playgrounds. All you have to do is agree on a code, open the online mode, switch to Challenges, enter that code and face each other.

Other additions include a new connection manager, which monitors the connection of players during ranked matches and penalizes disconnections from games that are made to avoid losing. Quitters never prosper on the Playground.

In response to great feedback, we’ve also tweaked the entire shooting system from jump shots, to threes, to dunks, layups, and everything in-between. We’ve redone the timing, added a meter, and clarified the entire system. Keep those comments coming!

As a big thank you to our rabid fans, we’ve also added 15 new players, including Isaiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman! Those two all-stars and 13 others can be unlocked regularly through player packs, earned during the tournament or when leveling up your profile.

Thanks again for all your great feedback and support. Update 1.1.0 is the beginning. We’re only days from launch and we’re already making the game better thanks to your feedback. You rock!

New Features:
- Added: The Challenge Mode feature, which allows you to challenge other players to online matches
o You can now switch between unranked challenges and ranked games in the online mode
o To challenge another player, you must switch to the challenge mode in the online menu and define a challenge code. By default, your challenge code is your nickname, but you can change it to your own, personal code. The person you are challenging must enter your code.
o If you have been challenged, please enter your challenger’s code and press “Accept”.
o All challenges are unranked and your ranking/ELO will be unaffected by the results of the challenge.
- Added: Toxicity system/Disconnection Manager, which penalizes players who abandon matches in any other way than surrendering
- Added: 5 new versions of Shaquille O´Neal in various teams from his career (Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic)
- Added: 15 new players join the roster
o The following players were added: Dennis Rodman, Isaiah Thomas, Larry Bird, Giannis Antetokoumnpo, Kenny Smith, Gary Payton, Klay Thompson, Devin Booker, Tony Parker, Kemba Walker, Seth Curry, Tiny Archibald, John Starks, Tracy McGrady, Pete Maravich
- Added: A shot-meter was added to help finding the perfect timing for shots, dunks etc.
- Added: Steam Cloud Save support
- Added: Steam Big Picture keyboard management
Notable Changes:

- Adjusted: Shots were adjusted to make the system more accessible and unified throughout all variations
- Adjusted: The steal action was adjusted further to better fit the intended gameplay
o It is now possible to perform a steal action when behind an opponent
- Changed: 3 pointers no longer fill lottery pick bar
- Increased: The difficulty of 3 pointers was increased
- Reduced: The number of steals required for the Las Vegas Challenge #2 was reduced to 10 (was 15)
- Reduced: The number of 3-pointers needed for the Paris Challenge #4 was reduced to 6 (was 7)
- Reduced: The number of 3-pointers needed for the London Challenge #1 was reduced to 6 (was 10)
- Reduced: The number of 3-pointers needed for the Las Vegas Challenge #3 was reduced to 8 (was 12)
- Reduced: The inbound time was reduced to adjust it to the overall style of the game

Notable Fixes:

- Fixed: Issues related to the strength of the force feedback effects were addressed

About This Game

Classic NBA arcade action is back! Take your “A” game to the playground and beat the best in high-flying 2-on-2 basketball action. Practice your skills offline, play with up to three others on your PC, or take your talents online to posterize your opponents with acrobatic jams and ridiculous displays of skill.

• Easy to play, challenging to master
• Offline and Online Multiplayer
• Massive roster of current and retired NBA superstars
• All the official NBA teams
• Travel to playgrounds across the globe
• Hundreds of dunks and moves
• Collect all your favorite players
• Improve players over time
• Compete against the master of the playground himself - Allen Iverson
• Even more NBA superstars will be added post-launch

“Up your game!”

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel core i3 CPU 530 2.93GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 630
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0x compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4690 3.50 Ghz or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 670, similar or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0x compatible sound card
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