Back in the 90s, there was a little known game called Barkley: Shut Up and Jam. It had it’s high points, but really, it was a little more than a rip off of NBA Jam, which was released a short time before. It got a sequel which was just as forgettable. Years later, a group of developers known as ‘Tales of Games’ used a copy of RPG maker to create a sequel. Instead of another NBA Jam clone, this sequel would instead be a role playing game about one of the greatest ballers in the sport. Oh, and according to it’s creators, the game’s story is canon.
BSUAJG takes place in the year 2053, in the post-cyberapocalyptic dystopia known as Proto-Neo-New-York. Basketball has been banned after the great B-ball purge when all of the sport’s top players were massacred. The reason for this was ‘The Chaos Dunk” a powerful slam dunk which lead the the deaths of millions. The perpetrator of this move was none other than Charles Barkley. He now lives in seclusion with his 12 year old son Hoopz. When an anti-basketball squad (led by Michael Jordan) comes hunting for him, he makes his escape, and things get even more absurd from there. This game takes aim at every Japanese RPG stereotype there is, and you’ll encounter several basketball greats. I’d talk about it more, but I think it’s better to leave you with this quote:
“One billion b-balls dribbling simultaneously throughout the galaxy. One trillion b-balls being slam dunked through a hoop throughout the cosmos. I can feel every single b-ball that has ever existed at my fingertips, I can feel their collective knowledge channeling through my veins. Every jumpshot, every rebound, every three-pointer, every layup, dunk and free throw. I am there.”
How can you not want to play the game after reading this? Seriously?
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