The Retro Sports Report is about highlighting the sports games that still hold up!
NBA Give ‘N Go (1995)
Konami’s NBA licensed home version of the non-licensed basketball arcade game Run and Gun. There are many good things to be said about NBA Give ‘N Go, the graphics are easy on the eyes , the gameplay is very solid and the presentation is top notch. The versatility of gameplay options is great for both casual and hardcore gamer alike, anyone looking for a great arcade gameplay experience with all the features you’d only expect to get out of a console developed sports game.
With a standard exhibition mode it also features a full 82 game season, or choose a shortened season mode with only 6, 28 or 52 games. It does not have a save battery, but it does have a password save system for continuing your season. The biggest setback to this game really is the lack of a save battery, having to use a save code for this game leaves it up to you to find a good way to store your password.
Roster edit mode is available to trade players and edit the NBA All-Star Teams. This is also where the two “original teams” the Shooting Stars and the Supreme Team are edited, which allow you to build your own dream team without altering the game roster to use in exhibition.
A great game solo, this game also caters up to four players in either co-op or competitive play. There is also an option of playing through season mode with up to 4 teams controlled by 4 human players.
In Arcade mode you select a team and play through 1995 NBA Playoffs, the only setback to historical lineup accuracy is the absence of Shaquille O’Neil and Charles Barkley because of their conflicting video game deals at the time.
The audio in this game is a constant reminder of its arcade roots, from the background music to the buzzer marking the end of a quarter. The energetic play by play announcer is another great part of the presentation that adds personality in the game with an array of quotable soundbites that you’ll be repeating alone or with friends after playing a few games.
I rank games on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the game that is so great it will never actually be made.
NBA Give ‘N Go 7/10
+ Fun Arcade basketball for 1-4 players with home console perks!
– Lack of save battery, find a good place to keep those passwords!