Summary: So, what are we left with? Fast paced arcade action, huge dunks that quickly take you back to the NBA Jam of old, and so much content for the price. NBA Jam is well worth a purchase. The gripe about the jam tracks is solely based on personal preference, and you can always use your own music. THIS GAME IS ON FIRE!!!
Summary: “NBA Jam: On Fire Edition” arrives on the heels of the surprise hit that spawned from EA’s failed “NBA Elite 11.” Initially intended as a DLC bonus to purchasers of that game, the new “NBA Jam” showed up as a Wii game before emerging on the other two big consoles. About a year later, a much more polished, value packed edition arrives as a downloadable only title, at a fraction of the price of last year’s release.
Excerpt: I think anyone who grew up playing games in the 90s would agree that NBA Jam is a classic. NBA franchises, mixed with over-the-top action and intense competition made the original NBA Jam a...
Pros: + Classic Arcade Game play, + Tons of unlockable content, + Great value for the price
Cons: New controls take some getting used to, A.I. can be difficult on the easiest difficulty setting
Conclusion: NBA Jam: On Fire Edition offers enhanced gameplay, updated rosters, new legends, and maintains the old-school, over-the-top feel of the original NBA Jam . If you love arcade-style basketball, NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is right up your alley and is worth the download.
Conclusion: EA seems to have figured out what NBA Jam was missing last year and went ahead and fixed it this time. Though battling the AI is fun, it’s centered so heavily around playing with people, comparing scores and just having an arcade-style experience from the comfort of your living room that they finally seem to understand it- and if they can fix some niggling issues and get online working right, this game runs very close to perfect.
Excerpt: Since we don’t have any real NBA season of basketball to lean on right now (and judging by the behavioral patterns of both owners and players, we won’t be getting one soon), we have to rely on other types of entertainment to get our fix. NBA 2K12 is an ideal choice if you’re looking for a deep simulation, but what if you just want to drive down the court in a huff and dunk a ball 30 feet up in the air? NBA Jam is the perfect choice in this regard.
Excerpt: We feel bad for anyone who dropped $50 on last year's hollow NBA Jam resurrection , because even though it got a lot of core concepts right, the new On Fire Edition for Live Arcade is what we should've received in the first place — and for a fraction of the price, no less. The 2010 version's numbskull partner A.I., for instance? Fixed. And the even more frustrating opponent A.I. that still makes us angry just thinking about it?
Pros: + Polished presentation with great arcade gameplay that fixes last year's lousy A.I., + Plenty for the price, including online play!
Cons: - You won't get a refund for the $50 you wasted on last year's version., ? Do you really want to play 90-plus games to get all the Gold medals?
Conclusion: Additional animations and even deeper commentary by legendary NBA Jam announcer Tim Kitzrow are included and add to an overall great package. Those who felt burnt by last year's game can think of NBA Jam: On Fire Edition as EA's way of apologizing for it. For everyone else, this is a fun and frantic arcade game that delivers hours of enjoyment.
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.
Conclusion: have made a surprising number of gameplay-balancing tweaks and additions, as well as overhauling the career mode and throwing a far more compelling unlock system into the mix.
For the price of a few beers (or one beer if you're at an airport), you get all of the above plus weekly online challenges in the Jam Arena, stacks of secret characters to unlock including the Seattle Supersonics, internet meme-inspired Lolcats and Faith from Mirror's Edge, plus plenty of new...