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The action is fast and smooth as players elbow one another, sprint up the court, and perform acrobatic jams. The commentator tosses out lines like "Head fake!", "Sweet touch!", and "It must be the shoes!" Sparse music plays during the game, which is not present in other versions. Players now have an injury score, giving you a really good reason to alter your lineup between quarters. The game automatically records your progress and I was impressed when it remembered I "last played Chicago and lost". Technically this may be the ultimate NBA Jam, but I prefer the SNES edition. In this version all the players are nearly the same height, making it harder to differentiate long-range shooters from powerful big men. CPU-controlled teams pass way too much, like the ball was a hot potato or something. It's easy to nitpick but the bottom line is that NBA Jam Tournament Edition is a tremendously fun game, and easily the strongest sports title for this system.
NBA Jam: Tournament Edition also features an updated player rosters, rookie and all-star teams, over 120 NBA stars, including Rodman (my personal favorite), Ewing and Hill, secret codes, hidden players, super power-ups and the ability to choose from three to five players per team. And wait until you put it into Juice Mode. If you're looking for a fast-paced game with characters who have really big heads, then look no further. Other Jaguars sports games currently available: Charles Barkley Basketball, Brett Hull NHL Hockey, SuperCross 3D and Fever Pitch.
Considering the only competition on the Jaguar is the unplayable mess White Men Can't Jump, Jam T.E. has a nice home here. It certainly seems to fit better here than it does on the crowded 16-bit consoles. It's a classic, and it deserves to be.
NBA Jam T.E. schafft etwas, was nur wenigen Spielen gelingt. Selbst heute noch überzeugen die gute Spielbarkeit sowie die tolle Präsentation. Dem Multiplayer Modus sei dank, ist der Spielspaß auch nach über 10 Jahren nahezu ungebrochen. Doch für Einzelspieler gilt dies leider nur bedingt. Zu schnell ist die Luft raus und fordernde Langzeitmodi sind nicht vorhanden. Da helfen auch die zahlreichen Cheats nur noch bedingt. Dennoch sollte sich kein Jaguar Besitzer diesen Klassiker entgehen lassen.
NBA Jam remains one of the best examples of pick-up-and-play sports action, and the Tournament Edition simply adds more to a winning formula. The Jaguar benefits from having mostly faithful graphics, though the generic music is a definite letdown. There's also nothing here that wasn't on the Saturn or PSX, making its technical accomplishments over the 16-bit versions a little less significant. Still, best basketball on the Jag.
Finally, one of the hottest arcade titles of all time finds it's way to the Jaguar. This Jam TE looks more like the 32X version, where the oversized heads of the players look like they've been pasted on.
OK, the Jag is a 64-bit system right? So then why isn't this the best version of NBA Jam? The graphics are on par with the SNES, as is everything else except the music, which isn't as good. In fact, the only thing that looks next-gen is the title screen. If compared to White Men Can't Jump (the only other Jag b-ball game), this of course destroys it, so it is a must own for Jag players, but I was expecting much more from Atari's first big license.
Overall, NBA Jam TE is a difficult game to quantify. It comes into its own in multi-player mode, but the charm may wear off all too quickly for solo players. Some people really rate it highly, though. You should try to have a go in the shop before splashing £60; after all, this is very much in the upper tier of Jaguar game prices.
Can this game be in every system out there? As far as Jaguar titles go, this game is done pretty well. Of course, the graphics and sound slightly change for the better, but we are talking about the Jaguar here. Remember, do the math. In the end, it's another NBA Jam: TE for another system. That's great...the end.