In today's gaming world, immersion is a buzzword. It means a lot of things: it means getting into the game, even if you're at home or in a busy mall. It means getting engrossed in the story being told, whatever it is. Fanatical Basketball is a basketball game with all the mechanics you'd expect, but much more immersion than many sports titles, older or current, typically offer.
Play It Your Way
Fanatical Basketball offers both a quick play option, for when you just want a game or two of basketball, or league play, for long road trips (or just when you're bored at home!). There's not a ton of depth to the way the game plays, at least no more than normal basketball: there's not as much need to fine-tune your team as in fantasy football, for example. The controls can also be occasionally difficult, but generally this isn't a problem.
Don't Hate The Game, It's Pretty Dang Good
Really, though, the game is at its best when you're in the middle of a game, enjoying it: the well-modelled ballers and the roaring of the crowd will draw you right in. Though no basketball game can quite approach the vigour and adrenaline involved in playing with your own two feet, Fanatical Basketball comes close at times, and if you love basketball, it's well worth playing it in spite of its flaws.