X360 Tuesday, December 6, 2005 | 8:22 AM

HoopWorld images

HoopWorld images

Hoopworld is a very arcadish basket ball (or basket brawl) game that will be released on Xbox Live Arcade next spring. The developers have released these renders of the levels along with some artworks. The quality of these is quite surprising considering this game will cost only 1200 points...


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Commented on 2005-12-06 09:00:43
damn 1200 points thats almost $15
Commented on 2005-12-06 09:10:56
$15, thats like the price of the 'classic' titles in the xbox range!
Quite expensive! :-)
Commented on 2005-12-06 09:19:48
NBA Powerstone?
Commented on 2005-12-06 09:23:35
Odd character design .. 100% stereotipical .. >_< .. the brazilian and the african one are almost ofending .. i so hate being "world known" by soccer .. soccer sucks ..
Commented on 2005-12-06 10:16:58 In reply to SageLudwig
*Ahem*
The game looks great.
Posted by andore
NBA Powerstone?
one could only wish... lol.
Commented on 2005-12-06 10:21:57 In reply to andore
Posted by andore
NBA Powerstone?
Heh Powerstone was the first thing I tought too. Looks really nice !

I just hope we get the real Powerstone on Live arcade..
Commented on 2005-12-06 10:42:53
Very nice indeed.

I think people whining about the price should realise that this sort of game would have cost $20-$30 last gen because of the overheads of publishers, duplicators and game stores.
Commented on 2005-12-06 10:48:26
Wow lookin good, can't wait to see it in action.
Commented on 2005-12-06 12:08:52 In reply to Slabs
Posted by Slabs
Very nice indeed.

I think people whining about the price should realise that this sort of game would have cost $20-$30 last gen because of the overheads of publishers, duplicators and game stores.
yeh some people just have to moan about something
Commented on 2005-12-06 13:38:28
looks like it could be fun.

That Indian looks like he pwns.
Commented on 2005-12-06 16:10:52
Hmm..Looks interesting.

I think there is fair concern about the price--it's not about the physical cost of a single title--people just want to make sure there is great value within the marketplace. When they're charging a couple bucks for a theme etc--I think this is a pretty valid concern.

That said, Billiards already broke the 400-800 credit pricepoint on launch..so I can't say I'm suprised. Add to this the fact that this is an original title and not some emulated classic, and the price doesn't seem too far off base.

I love XBLA..what a great way for smaller/indy devs to get a shot at cheap console dev.
Commented on 2005-12-06 17:36:12
Well, I don't know about everyone else, but I can definately see myself getting this one.
Commented on 2005-12-06 17:37:26 In reply to SageLudwig
Posted by SageLudwig
Odd character design .. 100% stereotipical .. >_< .. the brazilian and the african one are almost ofending .. i so hate being "world known" by soccer .. soccer sucks ..
How many Brazilian NFL players are there? Exactly.

Game looks fun, I love arcadey type sports games.
Commented on 2005-12-06 18:02:11 In reply to andore
Posted by andore
NBA Powerstone?
OMG that would be the best thing ever. The graphics remind me of WoW btw.
Commented on 2005-12-06 19:00:03
OK in America the Mexican guy will piss off someone in a Mexican organization, and the African girl will piss off someone in the NAACP, and the Native American guy ....well you know where I'm getting at. Hopefully no one notices, and this will be a fun game. I guess they tried to make it international by making it “hoop worlds,” yeah if they made it a soccer game they might get away with
Commented on 2005-12-06 20:01:28
I'm kinda not offended by the African voodoo tree thing, but if they are going to go Hitler sterotypical on the only ethnical players, they should do the same for the white people EG

A skinny white man in a suit with briefcase, or a man in a KKK suit, i thought this kind of racial stereotyping was almost gone, i was obviously wrong.
Commented on 2005-12-06 21:20:18
What are you on about?

They're just wacky characters, nothing racist about it.

I mean look at the white people, a goth, a cowboy, an army-girl and an american cheerleader. I fail to see how these are normal white people, stop being so sensitive. They're just famous characters from each of our cultures. They're not trying to say that all native american's are like that.

Can you imagine if it had all those other characters and then a normal black person. It just wouldn't go with the game.
Commented on 2005-12-06 21:32:22 In reply to Burglarize
Posted by cooleo_no1
What are you on about?

They're just wacky characters, nothing racist about it.

I mean look at the white people, a goth, a cowboy, an army-girl and an american cheerleader. I fail to see how these are normal white people, stop being so sensitive. They're just famous characters from each of our cultures. They're not trying to say that all native american's are like that.

Can you imagine if it had all those other characters and then a normal black person. It just wouldn't go with the game.
Well said.
Commented on 2005-12-06 21:40:39 In reply to tonto
Posted by tonto
Heh Powerstone was the first thing I tought too. Looks really nice !

I just hope we get the real Powerstone on Live arcade..
God I wish...! That game soooo made it worth the reason of having a Dreamcast...!!!!
Commented on 2005-12-06 21:46:30 In reply to Burglarize
Posted by cooleo_no1
What are you on about?

They're just wacky characters, nothing racist about it.

I mean look at the white people, a goth, a cowboy, an army-girl and an american cheerleader. I fail to see how these are normal white people, stop being so sensitive. They're just famous characters from each of our cultures. They're not trying to say that all native american's are like that.

Can you imagine if it had all those other characters and then a normal black person. It just wouldn't go with the game.
Someone that makes sense...! I mean honest....can someone scroll through this topic and pinpoint the idiot who even came up with the notion of possible racism and kick them in the nuts and tell them to stop. I mean damn, if it wasn't that stupid blog about the "african-americans" comin to the local walmart to ask the guy playing the demo if madden was on it, because that is the game that is most appealing to them" and i quote.....then its this crap. People...the jim crow,40s, 50s, 60s and etc are over....but we still keep bringing it up...! Get over it...! $15 or not....if its hot im buying it...! I got like over 10,000 points ready for chirstmas and early next year when they say that they will have a lot more games. I heard a Double Dragon Live co-op mode is possible....! MAN....could you imagine...?!?
Commented on 2005-12-07 00:18:15
HAHAHAHA "El Charro" made me laugh so much, it means: The funny guy
Commented on 2005-12-07 02:39:47 In reply to AntLynn72
Yea, I'm black and I think all the character are quite humorous and I don't see how anyone would get offended at all. You have a African, Brazilian, (I'm not sure), I guess an African American (I'm not sure because he has an Native American dream catcher or something around his neck), Goth, Robot (?), Native American, and Australian. But I do have to say that when I first saw the screenshot and artwork I was dissapointed because I thought it might be a real basketball game for XBL, but now it might turn out good. Kind of reminds me of Deathrow, if it goes the basket brawl route.

Anyone know what the red star on the green ball means, if it means anything?
Commented on 2005-12-07 02:42:27
hmm, read on another news site that it's running on UE3.

[edit]
ah yes, these are the guys that created the Onslaught gametype for Unreal Tournament 2004. (which just happened to be a huge success).
Commented on 2005-12-07 04:14:05
The Red Star mean Soviet army or Russian rmy.
Commented on 2005-12-07 04:25:26
These people aren't offensive in anyway. Yeah it's cliche, but it is in no way degrading. And i'm black. If i had made a design choice to include arcadey characters from around the globe, why would this be a bad way to do it.
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