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NBA Jam Reviews (PlayStation 3)

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Giant Bomb (Nov 23, 2010)
NBA Jam is positively killer... provided you've got some like-minded basketball junkies around to compete against.
75 (Dec 11, 2010)
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.
70 (UK) (Nov 26, 2010)
With the full complement of players, NBA Jam is great fun in short bursts, but it's impossible not to feel that EA has swamped a simple game with extraneous modes desperately to try and justify a retail release. A stripped-down version with just the Classic Campaign and a multiplayer mode would have made for a cracking downloadable release; as it stands, NBA Jam is a very good remake of a classic arcade game that's unfortunately surrounded by a lot of unnecessary fluff.
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 (Nov 30, 2010)
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. Hinzu kommt ein sauberer Online-Modus für bis zu vier Mann und Freischaltbares bis zum Abwinken. Aber diese stilistisch misslungene Wiederauferstehung hätte man nicht wie ein goldenes Remake in der Box, sondern für zehn Euro als XBL- oder PSN-Spiel 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.