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NBA Jam

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
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Wii
75
4.2
Xbox 360
74
4.6

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Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 3 2 4.4
Wii 4 4.2
Xbox 360 2 4.6
Combined MobyScore 8 4.3


The Press Says

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91
WiiThe Video Game Critic
So get ready to party like it's 1993, people. You don't even need to be a basketball fan to love this one.
90
WiiConsole Obsession
This is the very thing that games were originally designed to be, of course I’m talking about fun and this revival never stops being anything other than that. The motion controls feel a lot more than tacked on, there’s a pleasing amount to unlock, the game is approachable for all, and the multiplayer options makes this a very re-playable and exciting game. NBA Jam was certainly a revival worth making and definitely one worth playing.
88
Wii411mania.com
NBA Jam for the Wii takes everything it did right from the old games and simply perfects it. Unfortunately that also includes the lack of online play but if you're looking for some gold old fashioned, arcade-style action - you just can't beat this game!
83
Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
Fans of the first NBA Jam (SNES, 1993) will miss the old "tag mode", but otherwise this is surprisingly faithful to the original. This new NBA Jam is a great alternative for hoops fans befuddled by NBA 2K11, or simply in the mood for some instant gratification.
80
WiiOperation Sports
Simply put, it is impossible for me to not take into account the lack of online multiplayer when reviewing a game where multiplayer plays such a huge role. Jam Wii is a phenomenal arcade sports title that could have been legendary with the implementation of online multiplayer.
80
WiiCheat Happens
EA's NBA Jam rebirth is as much of a fun and exciting experience that we all remember from the franchise. It's over the top, it's flashy - it's just what you remember from NBA Jam. There's a few missing features like online play, and you're unlikely to ever stray far from the main portions of the game, but those are all more than forgivable. NBA Jam is a must own for sports fans of all ages.
80
WiiHonestGamers
NBA Jam has never really been about complex modes, though, or about extras beyond the codes and cheats. It has been a game that shuns the excess and emerges stronger because of that design philosophy. That was true in 1996 when I became addicted to the franchise in the first place, and it's true of the Wii update. There are technical shortcomings, there are missed opportunities and there are features that irritate rather than entertain, but none of those flaws prevent the new NBA Jam from being exciting and relevant in the 21st century. There's room for improvement, but for now this is as good as arcade basketball gets.
80
Xbox 360Brash Games
Despite the relatively high asking price, EA Sports Canada has a done a great job of bringing NBA Jam up to date while remaining true to the original’s pick up and play mentality. If you have fond memories of the original then there is more than enough nostalgia fuelled gameplay here to make it worth the £30 asking price. The additional game modes and HD makeover may not be enough to win over the doubters but for those looking for a bit of classic arcade gameplay, NBA Jam still delivers the goods.
75
Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
NBA Jam just about deserves release as a proper boxed retail product, boasting a fairly hefty array of modes and other content. What's important is that it preserves the gameplay and spirit of the original games, giving it a nostalgic cachet that makes it almost irresistible, despite its frustrations. It's worth reiterating however, that you'll get much more out of the game if you play it with friends. So, is NBA Jam on fire then? Not quite, but it's certainly heating up.
75
WiiJeuxvideo.com
NBA Jam réussit son come-back et devrait trouver chez les plus de 25 ans un public réceptif à ces 2 contre 2 endiablés, nerveux, surréalistes mais ô combien jouissifs. Tout en conservant le charme visuel de l'époque, tout en ne reniant aucun mécanisme qui ont fait la réputation du jeu, ce remake apporte un lot de petits plus qui assouplissent le gameplay et allongent sensiblement la durée de vie. Dommage qu'il ne soit pas traduit et surtout, qu'il débarque sans mode multijoueur en ligne. Au final, le profil de NBA Jam correspond parfaitement à la Wii, offrant de courtes mais intenses parties à apprécier ponctuellement entre amis.
75
Xbox 360411mania.com
NBA Jam’s biggest flaw is its price point, even if some people were willing to buy the $60 NBA Elite solely to have Jam. Fans of the original will love this remake, as everything is just as great as the original, if not better. The new modes, while fun enough to play, don’t outshine the classic campaign and local 2v2 games, and thus don’t play as big a role as they should have. The online multiplayer is disappointing to say the least, though sometimes you can find a good game with fair players and it’s quite fun. But, again, this is NBA Jam and you know if you like it or not – now you just have to decide if you want to buy it or not.
75
PlayStation 3411mania.com
NBA Jam’s biggest flaw is its price point, even if some people were willing to buy the $60 NBA Elite solely to have Jam. Fans of the original will love this remake, as everything is just as great as the original, if not better. The new modes, while fun enough to play, don’t outshine the classic campaign and local 2v2 games, and thus don’t play as big a role as they should have. The online multiplayer is disappointing to say the least, though sometimes you can find a good game with fair players and it’s quite fun. But, again, this is NBA Jam and you know if you like it or not – now you just have to decide if you want to buy it or not.
72
WiiHooked Gamers
And I guess that is the major choice for gamers thinking about NBA Jam. If you have a few mates to play with, the game will certainly have a greater replay factor and would certainly be worth the purchase. If not, then the single player modes will only last for a shortish time before they start to become monotonous, despite the fun and over-the-top action. But having said that…wasn’t the original just the same?
70
Xbox 360AusGamers
NBA Jam works in ways most modern multiplayer titles don’t, as a four-player, trash talking, and controller swapping, scream-filled good time. And even though this new NBA Jam feels like a missed opportunity, the classic gameplay still shines through to make it a minor victory. So in the end, “he’s sort of on fire!”
62
Xbox 360OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network
Overall, this new version of NBA Jam would have been better served as a downloadable on Xbox Live Arcade or PlayStation Network. You get the feeling EA tacked on the extra modes to try and justify the price tag for a disc-based game. If you can find it at a discounted price, it’s worth a look, but otherwise, leave this reboot on the bench.
62
WiiOMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network
Overall, this new version of NBA Jam would have been better served as a downloadable on Xbox Live Arcade or PlayStation Network. You get the feeling EA tacked on the extra modes to try and justify the price tag for a disc-based game. If you can find it at a discounted price, it’s worth a look, but otherwise, leave this reboot on the bench.
62
PlayStation 3OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network
Overall, this new version of NBA Jam would have been better served as a downloadable on Xbox Live Arcade or PlayStation Network. You get the feeling EA tacked on the extra modes to try and justify the price tag for a disc-based game. If you can find it at a discounted price, it’s worth a look, but otherwise, leave this reboot on the bench.
60
Wii4Players.de
Soll das ein vollwertiges Spiel sein? Natürlich ist das kein Totalreinfall, weil die Spielmechanik auf den soliden Fundamenten des Klassikers beruht und weil die vielen Herausforderungen abseits der Kampagne einiges an Unterhaltung bieten. Leider fehlt auf Wii ein Online-Modus, stattdessen können bis zu vier Mann nur offline gegeneinander antreten. Immerhin gibt es gleich mehrere Steuerungsvarianten, von denen das Nunchuk/Remote-Duo dank intuitiver Wurfbewegungen die beste darstellt - den Classic Controller darf man auch nutzen, aber nicht frei belegen. Aber diese stilistisch misslungene Wiederauferstehung hätte man nicht wie ein goldenes Remake in der Box, sondern für zehn Euro über WiiWare anbieten sollen. Wenn ich Arcade-Basketball genießen will, spiele ich lieber das sechzehn Jahre alte, aber immer noch magische Original oder eine Version von NBA Street.
60
WiiGamekult
Finalement, NBA Jam n'a pas pris une ride ou presque. Reprenant en grande partie la formule de ses ancêtres, cette version Wii procure un plaisir intact, et se révèlera vite jouissive avec quelques potes sous la main et autant de manettes pour des paniers brisés, fautes non sifflées, et 720 dans la tronche à répétition. Cela dit, après tant d'attente, on pouvait aussi espérer plus de nouveautés, sur le terrain comme en dehors. NBA Jam est donc un jeu de basket 100% arcade qui fait ce qu'on lui demande, mais pas beaucoup plus.
60
WiiFactornews
NBA Jam est donc un chouette jeu mais EA Canada ne s'est pas foulé. Plutôt que d'ajouter plein de modes de jeu auquel personne ne jouera, on aurait préféré que le développeur ajoute plus d'éléments de gameplay et un peu plus de contenu. La courbe de progression étant faible, les parties se suivent et se ressemblent très vite. Tout cela manque un peu de folie. Le plaisir de casser des paniers est toujours là mais NBA Street Homecourt avait mis la barre tellement haut niveau basket arcade qu'on ne peut pas s'empécher d'être déçu par ce NBA Jam. Néanmoins, les futures versions PSN et XBLA devraient proposer du jeu en ligne et un prix nettement plus approprié que les 40 euros de la version Wii. Au final, NBA Jam est comme un chien à trois pattes : fidèle mais un peu limité.