Excerpt: Larry Bird is mocking us. He’s just taken a seat at the three-point line and thrown a fiery basketball – underhanded - through the net, padding the insurmountable lead he and Kevin McHale have established. “Ha!” laughs our teammate as the hapless New Jersey Nets fail miserably at defense. “NBA Jam is the only game where you can act like a jerk and it’s OK!” While we don’t necessarily appreciate the behavior, it’s certainly a true statement.
Pros: Wild, high-flying gameplay, Great online options, Kitzrow’s bombastic commentary
Conclusion: On Fire Edition is the best way to pay homage to the godfather of arcade sports titles. As I said before, no offense to the disk re-boot, but a game of this size, scope, and theme is what downloadable games are all about. Simple, fast, fun, and even funny gameplay/presentation makes playing a few quick games the perfect way to burn a half an hour.
Conclusion: The game has a lot of appeal. It fixes a lot of problems but there are some cuts that put a ding in the improvements. I like challenges but I hate how frustrating the AI can be. Play with friends online and locally and you'll have barrels of fun.
Pros: Open-ended Road Trip mode lets you play against teams in any order, Improved and enjoyable competitive and co-operative Online, Lots of varied ways to unlock additional content, Tag Mode gives you more control, Razzle-dazzles add another layer to the on-court madness
Cons: Overly reliant on alley-oops, Some cheap AI situations
Summary: NBA Jam’s biggest flaw is its price point, even if some people were willing to buy the $60 NBA Elite solely to have Jam. Fans of the original will love this remake, as everything is just as great as the original, if not better. The new modes, while fun enough to play, don’t outshine the classic campaign and local 2v2 games, and thus don’t play as big a role as they should have.
Summary: EA Sports NBA Jam revives the classic franchise with vintage NBA Jam gameplay, and all-new features that deliver a fresh new take on the game. Featuring the sights and sounds that fans of the franchise will instantly recognize, EA Sports NBA Jam mixes the old school with the new, to deliver a one-of-a-kind sports presentation.