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  • Summary: NBA JAM brings the "rim-rocking" highlights of NBA play to life with over the top, arcade-style 3-on-3 Basketball featuring spectacular high-flying dunks, ankle-breaking crossovers and "get that outta here" blocks! All the popular signature NBA JAM features are back - including over-the top gameplay, "On-Fire" & "Big Head" modes, no fouls, Hotspots and surprising hidden characters. Play against over 50 of the NBA's greatest players from the past 50 years in the Legends Tournament, taking you on a journey through the NBA of the 1950s - 1990s with era-specific music, uniforms, hairstyles, commentary and motions. Over 700 new motions, including signature moves for current NBA All-Stars and Legends. Game modes include quick-play Exhibition, NBA JAM Tournament, NBA Legends Tournament & Mini Games. All-new Create-A-Player allows you to build your own master of the court. Select upgraded attributes in the JAM Store. [Acclaim] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. The Legends Tournament alone is reason to own NBA Jam.
  2. As a nostalgia piece, this new iteration is a great 3D representation of the classic NBA Jam experience, but when compared with recent arcade basketball offerings, like the "NBA Street" series, it doesn't quite measure up.
  3. Offering decent graphics, decent sound, and a replay value that just doesn’t quite seem to stick, NBA Jam isn’t recommended for any average basketball game fan, only the veterans will have fun with this title.
  4. The game isn't perfect. For starters, the AI could've been more challenging - I was able to break it down fairly easily and score at will. [Nov 2003, p.105]
  5. Fans may find sentimental value here, but Jam just doesn't have the depth, features, or ambition level of its decendents. [Dec 2003, p.46]
  6. While this latest version succeeds in providing a polished, fast-paced, fun game of over-the-top 3-on-3 hoops, it doesn't really offer anything we haven't seen before. [Dec 2003, p.191]
  7. Online play might have taken NBA Jam off the "rent for nostalgia" list and put it on the "must-have" list. As is, there are better basketball alternatives - several of them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16