Excerpt: If you have any kind of history with video games at all, chances are you have fond memories of dueling it out with a friend in NBA Jam. The high-flying dunks, the 30-foot verticals, the pushing and shoving, and the sheer rush that came from hearing the announcer bellowing: “He’s heating up!!!
Conclusion: If you're a fan of the original from way back when or even if your new to the game you are going to spend hours playing this game. whether you're hunting the achievements or just battling it out with friends locally or online this is one of the best xbox live arcade sport games out there.
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.
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
Excerpt: Has the NBA lockout got you down? Can’t afford NBA 2k12 ? Electronic Arts is here to help you out with the follow-up to last year’s revamped classic in NBA Jam: On Fire Edition . The classic arcade-style basketball is back, with the over-the-top, above-the-rim style of basketball you remember with a...
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.
Pros: Wild, high-flying gameplay, Great online options, Kitzrow’s bombastic commentary
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...
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.
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.
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.