Barkley: Shut Up and Jam! (Genesis)

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AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 1.9
Overall User Score (11 votes) 2.4

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Power Unlimited
Razendsnel twee tegen twee basketbalspel van de makers van het beroemde NBA Jam, dat zich ditkeer afspeelt in de beruchtste getto's van Amerika. Voor een eerlijke strijd kun je het beste met zijn twee'n tegen de computer spelen. Een ware traktatie.
GamePro (US)
Shut Up and Jam! has attractive features. You get 16 players (including Sir Charles himself), each with his own signature moves. You play exhibitions, a multigame series or eight-team tournaments on seven courts across the country. A multiplayer option enables four gamers to pair up using either EA's or Sega's adapter. There are no zebras, so anything goes. This isn't a game for wimps.
Mega Fun
Barkley kommt auch auf Konsole gut rüber. Die unkomplizierte Steuerung ist schnell erlernt, Dunkings gehen locker von der Hand, Übersichtlichkeit ist ebenfalls gegeben (bei nur vier Spielern auf dem Platz kein Wunder), klingt nach einem würdigen Fun Sports-Vertreter. Leider kommt Accolades Basketballspiel einige Monate zu spät auf den Markt. Vor Acclaims und Konamis Genre-Vertretern wäre ein Platz in der Spitzenliga sicher gewesen, heute reicht‘s nur für die Oberliga. Mit der spektakulären Action oder der perfekten Atmosphäre eines NBA Jam kann dieses 8 Megs-Modul halt einfach nicht mithalten, auch wenn sonst solide Sportspielkost geboten wird. Etwas mehr als 16 unbekannte Basketball-Stars, die noch dazu recht einfach zu besiegen sind, wären sicher drin gewesen, genauso wie mehr Feinschliff bei der Präsentation und der Playability.
I think what we have here can fairly be described as NBA Jam on a budget. Accolade’s outings on the Genesis generally weren’t of top-notch quality, but this is one of its better ones. A few of the mechanics, like the way of recharging your special ability meter, are actually quite nice, the controls work pretty good, and the game successfully transmits a certain feel of gritty street basketball. It doesn’t do enough to really shine though. The sound effects are bad, the music is bland and repetitive, the graphics could have done with some polish in places, and then there are the occasional glitches. Could be better, could be worse. Given what else is out there in the sports genre in general and in basketball games for the Genesis in General, I think this one rates as slightly above average. Barely, but still so.
Game Players
An aggressive NBA Jam lookalike, shackled by poor control and choppy graphics. Horrible artificial intelligence and the lack of a shot clock make this a bench-warmer.
The Video Game Critic
You'd think the street-themed courts would be interesting, including locales like a ghetto, roof, beach, and junkyard, but you'd be wrong. The scenery is bland and totally static. Shut Up and Jam's mediocre graphics are matched by equally lousy audio. The repetitive "music" (actually just a bass-heavy beat) is unbearable after a few minutes, and the voice samples are indiscernible. I still have no idea what the game says as you turn it on. With so many good basketball games for the Genesis, Shut Up and Jam doesn't have much to offer, but Sir Charles does appreciate your money.