Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs (Sega Genesis, 1990)
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|An updated version of 1989's computer title, Lakers versus Celtics for Genesis is a five-on-five basketball game featuring an NBA license for authentic teams and players. The action takes place from a horizontal view of the court as you guide one of ten teams from the 1989-90 season, including the East and West All-Star squads, in either a single game or a three-round tournament. The eight "regular" teams include the Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trailblazers, and of course, the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. Star athletes on each team feature signature moves and animations, from Charles Barkley's gorilla dunk to Michael Jordan's air reverse. Make substitutions as the game progresses and view half-time updates and scores from the television-style "Electronic Arts Sports Network." Originally designed by Robert Weatherby, known for such coin-op titles as RoadBlasters, Super Sprint, and Championship Sprint.
The game introduced innovations in presentation. It was the first NBA game to feature TV style starting line up prior to the opening tip. It also featured halftime shows and announcers to simulate an authentic feel. Later games would go further by replacing music during gameplay with audience cheers. The game was conceived by Producer Don Traeger, and principal work done by programmer Robert Weatherby and Art Director Michael Kosaka. It was the first game to feature the EASN logo, a stand-alone sports brand that Traeger had conceived with marketing partner Don Transeth and Artist Michael Kosaka. This brand later evolved into EA Sports.
The game can be played in various ways: players could play against each other, or against the computer. Games against the computer were divided into two modes, "Exhibition" or "Playoffs". There are also three difficulty levels: Pre-season, Regular season, Playoffs and Showtime. Games could be configured for 2, 5, 8 or 12 minute quarters.
Signature moves for individual star players have their own were introduced, such as Charles Barkley's gorilla dunk.
Mega placed the game at #24 in their Top Mega Drive Games of All Time.
|Game||Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs|
|Number of Players||1 or 2|
|Game Special Features||
|Game Series||NBA Playoffs Series|
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