Ultimate Rivals: The Court Soundtrack, Honnda, 2021
Putting together usually impossible dream teams is something video games have always excelled at, all the way back to King of Fighters ‘94. And so, Ultimate Rivals: The Court‘s concept is simply another take on a proud gaming tradition. The game pits athletes from various pro sports (NHL, NBA, MLB, WNBA, soccer etc.) against each other on the basketball court. With that kind of set-up, you’re not going to get a realistic basketball simulation. Instead, each athlete brings their own unique moves derived from their regular sport to the game, as teams of three face off against each other on futuristic courts. Of course, this kind of over-the-top, arcade-style basketball gameplay will remind seasoned gamers of the immortal NBA Jam franchise – and developer Bit Fry Game Studios were clearly aware of that historical connection, even bringing in NBA Jam announcer Tim Kitzrow.