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Microsoft Complete NBA Basketball 94-95 Edition
Sold Out (Win95/98/3.1) (Retail) (MSBASK95PR)
Discontinued

Microsoft

Reference/Sports

Ratings:

4 stars from Multimedia World

5 stars from Electronic Entertainment

Thumbs up from New Media

1995 Editors' Choice (top 100) from HomePC

Reviews:

Multimedia World, April 1995

"As a longtime basketball fan, I've spent my fair share of time flipping through one reference book or another, learning about Mr. Naismith's famous peach basket, the origins of the dunk, and the Celtic dynasty. And I have watched any number of videos highlighting the careers of assorted NBA stars.

"But now I can do all this at once, without reaching for some dusty, 10-pound tome or searching for that long-lost video. Microsoft's Complete NBA Basketball has everything you'd expect from a hoops reference book, including team and individual statistics, historical perspectives, a trivia text, ticket planner, as well as some awesome video and audio clips.

"The easy-to-use interface leads to seven categories: Almanac, Chronicle, Players, Trivia, Teams, Records, and Daily. There are stats for every NBA player dating back to the league's inception in 1946, and the help icon does a fine job of aiding in any search for either player or team information.

"The Almanac allows the user to sift through every season. You can check on the league leaders or peruse the final standings, including a complete bracket of the postseason results. It also has data on awards and honors, all-star games (with box scores) and the annual draft. Complete NBA Basketball has a variety of video clips - although there's always room for more - and with each season there is a single clip expounding on one of that year's highlights.

"The Trivia section is not for the average fan, with questions like, 'Who was the first pope of the Roman Catholic Church to watch the Harlem Globetrotters?'

"There are two unique features on the disc. First, Microsoft's NBA Basketball Daily gives users access to a fee-based online service that provides updates on the latest NBA action - including highlights - plus current stats and schedules. Secondly, the Team section provides a picture of each NBA arena, with its seating capacity and ticket information. From here, you can click on the seating diagram so you can pick your seat when calling the box office."

Electronic Entertainment, January 1995

"Trend-conscious fans who identify with the latest sneaker commercials may be a little disappointed in Microsoft Complete NBA Basketball. Instead of a fast-paced visit to a playoff game, it's more like a nostalgic trip to the Hoops Hall of Fame with the emphasis on the historical and statistical. On the other hand, those who've lived and loved the game and its personalities will delight in the comprehensive numbers and commentary that track every player who's ever laced (or pumped) a sneaker in the National Basketball Association (NBA)."

New Media, June 1995

"The info in Complete Basketball is supplemented by great graphics, fun ambient crowd and game sounds, and regretably, some of the worst video I've seen in a long time. Functionally, though, Complete Basketball is a gem. It employs a great combination of scrolling text and page turns, with graphics that change as you scroll and a Back button that maintains a trail of the places you've been."

HomePC, June 1995

"You'll be closer to the sport than Jack Nicholson at the L.A. Forum when you dive into the video and audio clips, player profiles, statistics and hoop trivia here. Subscribe to the daily on-line newspaper, and you'll fly around the league almost as gracefully as Michael Jordan."



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