Excerpt: , the first thing you're likely to notice is that very little has changed. The team names aren't all the same, of course. There have been additions, removals and modifications that reflect the most recent activity in the league. There are no Seattle Supersonics now, for instance. The Charlotte Hornets have moved to New Orleans.
Excerpt: Some franchises are just so good that they never go away, and it’s even possible that such a franchise would survive a world apocalypse and then be revived on another world. NBA Jam is a famous arcade success story and as EA saw fit to revive the franchise for the home, it’s a series that is still alive and well and has been released on all the current major consoles.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Remember NBA Jam? The first game to really popularize arcade-style action sports games back in the mid-90s? The game that immortalized catchphrases like “boomshakalaka”, the game that tried and failed to make a comeback on the PS2 and XBox?
Summary: NBA Jam may not be as good as the original arcade classic, but it’s still a fun game. However, I can’t recommend it if you own a 360 or PS3 as you should instead wait a few weeks for the hastily put together version for those consoles since it has online play – a feature the Wii version is sorely missing.
Excerpt: graced the SNES and Mega Drive in all its glory (and let’s not forget where it started, at the arcades). The classic version is also a classic game; 2-on-2 basketball using the real players and teams (at the time) of the NBA in America. This was no serious basketball game though; there were essentially no rules, the characters took on a more cartoon-like appearance with particularly big heads, and there was an abundance of cheats that could be applied to the game to make...
Excerpt: I bet I know what you just did. You took one look at the score above, and immediately thought, “Hey, what’s this guy getting at? He gave NBA Jam one of its lowest scores on the internet!” As a huge fan of the franchise, I unfortunately found this latest entry from EA to be quite middling. You may remember that I walked away extremely happy from my E3 demo of the game (heck, we even gave it our Sports Game of Show award ).
Conclusion: NBA Jam on Wii is a solid, fun reboot that should please many fans. Considering its roots, the game aims to deliver the goods, but it doesn’t quite reach its full potential. The controls work fine, but the gameplay feels a bit hollow. As natural as motioning to dunk a ball is, I just never got that feeling of satisfaction I was hoping for. Played together with a group of friends, NBA Jam promises a good time.