Hip-hop trio The Beastie Boys are getting animated for Electronic Arts latest edition of its popular NBA STREET franchise. In addition to lending their song, “An Open Letter To NYC,” to the in-game soundtrack, the Grammy-nominated artists will show up as playable characters that gamers can unlock.
Sporting New York Knicks gear, Mike D, MCA and Adrock will each possess special hoops skills. Players can enter the games Street Challenge mode and go toe to tow with the beasties in NYC’s Dyckman Park. Beating them will unlock them for all modes of the game, including regular 3-on-3 action and the all-new Slam Dunk Contest.
The game features 13 music tracks, including new tunes from such hip-hop and rap acts as Elephant Man, Guerilla Black, Ak’Sent, Ali Vegas, Dirtbag and Nitty. There are also old-school favorites from De La Soul, House of Pain and MC Lyte.
NBA STREET V3 was developed in Vancouver, BC at EA Canada, the studio behind the hit NBA LIVE and NCAA March Madness franchises. It will be available for the PlayStation 2 Xbox and GameCube on February 8.