Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Dec 21, 2010
    85
    Though this game is a visceral and grand experience, I can't get away from the fact that it was supposed to be a free pack-in, and instead they've slapped a $50 price tag on it. It would've surely been the best pack-in of all time. As a stand-alone retail game, I can still recommend it, but only for fans of the NBA Jam series.
  2. Nov 19, 2010
    85
    If you were waiting for all available versions of NBA Jam to hit stores, the addition of Online make this the version of choice. On the other hand, if you don't plan on playing online, I would recommend picking-up the Wii-version and experiencing the game how it was initially meant to be played.
  3. Nov 23, 2010
    83
    If you loved the old-fashioned 2-on-2 style pioneered by the very first Jam titles, and didn't like any of the series departures since then, you'll love this one. Yes, regardless of price.
  4. NBA Jam always succeeded by being better with friends, and that hasn't changed. There's an updated remix mode with a few new modes that are more gimmick and curious distractions than serious contenders for your time. You'll get the most amount of playtime out of the standard mode, especially when you're really dominating a game against your mates. [February 2011 p78]
  5. Dec 19, 2010
    80
    EA Sports NBA Jam is a great revival of a classic franchise. If you were a fan then there is no reason to pass up on this offering as it brings just enough to the table to make it worth your while.
  6. Dec 17, 2010
    80
    This is a highly recommended, high-octane, action-paced sports game that will definitely satisfy basketball fans but also sports fans in general.
  7. Dec 16, 2010
    80
    At a budget price you get exactly what you pay for. It is the original NBA Jam given a lick of HD paint, while retaining all the charisma of the original. If you want a Basketball fix but find the likes of NBA 2K11 too complicated and complex to pick up an play then you can't go wrong with this.
  8. Nov 23, 2010
    80
    The standard gameplay in NBA Jam is insanely entertaining, and if you've got a group of players ready to play at your side, you'll easily get $50 of enjoyment out of it.
  9. Nov 29, 2010
    76
    NBA Jam is a good remake on the PlayStation 3 that is easy to learn and really entertaining.
  10. Dec 27, 2010
    75
    NBA Jam does an excellent job of bringing the classic title up-to-date for the modern gaming audience, though its simplistic gameplay may ultimately detract those looking for a deeper basketball experience.
  11. Nov 23, 2010
    75
    NBA Jam is not only a great nostalgic look at the court, but it offers an enjoyable experience for those who just love breaking the rules.
  12. Nov 20, 2010
    75
    NBA Jam is on fire! The classic arcade basket game has returned and better and ever. The variety of game modes add much more depth to the fun and simple game we always loved in the 90s and it even includes multiplayer through Xbox Live and PSN. Incredible dunks and amazing jumps are waiting for you in their 2 vs 2 matches, you only have to say... BOOM SHAKA LAKA!
  13. Nov 19, 2010
    75
    If you have friends to play with and any measure of nostalgia for the arcade original, there's no doubt that you'll get every penny's worth from NBA Jam. If you have plans to play it alone or against random strangers, there are better options out there -- and it doesn't even take calculus to figure that out.
  14. Nov 17, 2010
    75
    NBA Jam is a disappointing retail package, mainly because it would've been one of the greatest Xbox Live or PlayStation Network releases of all-time. As it stands, this $50 disc adds a few modes to the Jam that you know and love, but at the end of the day the reason that you'll invest is the classic gameplay, not the Remix Modes.
  15. Nov 23, 2010
    74
    Well done! The classic arcade gameplay returns.
  16. Dec 11, 2010
    73
    NBA Jam is a funny game that lets the player play 2 versus 2 in completely over the top basketball matches. This game is all about fun and that's the strongest part of the game. The graphical style is also unique and fun. You got the realistic NBA 2K11 game and the not so realistisch NBA Jam game, your choice!
  17. Jan 4, 2011
    70
    NBA Jam meets most of its expectations.The game is very entertaining however it must be said that this should have been a downloadable game. The game just doesn't feel like a full retail game but remains amusing nonetheless.
  18. Dec 11, 2010
    70
    NBA Jam is a fastpaced and entertaining take on the arcade basketball genre and it feels slick and well executed, but there's one problem. The game feels like a PSN or Xbox Live title with it's limited content.
  19. 70
    NBA Jam arrives on PS3 with a swanky HD makeover and modern players, though the lack of any new compelling gameplay features makes it a little hard to justify the $50 price tag.
  20. 70
    At the end of the day, NBA Jam is a solid reboot that does a good job of keeping to the franchise's roots, while adding a few new game modes to the table.
  21. Nov 30, 2010
    70
    Just the same game we already played on Wii with the addition of online multiplayer. Maybe it would've been one of the greatest downloadable games of the last 4 years, but as a retail title, it's a little bit disappointing.
  22. Nov 26, 2010
    70
    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.
  23. Nov 25, 2010
    70
    Those who miss the orinal NBA Jam, or simply want an arcade basket title won't be dissapointed by this new version. In retains all the original's elements and respects its formula, adding up several game modes. It may surprise you for the number of hours you can keep playing.
  24. Nov 17, 2010
    70
    This rim-rocking arcade classic returns, and though it's pretty shallow, it's still an awful lot of fun.
  25. Dec 29, 2010
    68
    Occasionally thrilling, and lovingly reproduced. [Issue#200, p.92]
  26. Jan 28, 2011
    67
    NBA Jam is a lot of fun to play, especially with friends both online and off. The game plays exactly like the original in terms of gameplay, which was the series' strong point. EA has gone to great lengths to ensure that the strengths of the original has remained in tact.
  27. Jan 3, 2011
    65
    Overall, NBA Jam is passable as quick pick up and play game, but offers very little for players looking for something to really sink their teeth into, NBA Jam is best played with friends as the AI is infuriating.
  28. Jan 1, 2011
    65
    A classic example of a game with a lot of great ideas that loses its focus. With a little more polish, we could have had something special here. What we end up with is a title that air balls some of those wide open jumpers.
  29. Feb 18, 2011
    63
    A neat little slice of nostalgia. [Feb 2011, p.94]
  30. Buy it and it'll keep you amused for an hour every few weeks. [Jan 2011, p.118]
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Dec 26, 2010
    8
    Boomshakalaka!
    The game is set in the comic-realistic world of the NBA. You are given an option to choose from two different versions. The
    retro version which is basically that of the older NBA jam games and a brand new remixed version of the older games modes including some exciting power ups such as Strength, Agility and much more these power-up's can really make or break the game. My idea of the remixed mode is that you can have very mixed opinions on this because of the computer being easily able to attain the power-up's due to its precise movements.

    Does it live up to its hype you may say?...What hype. Because of games like 'Call Of Duty', games like 'NBA jam' are very under-looked even if it does have a legion of fans following it.

    The game is simplistic at its best and is easy for any one to pick up and play. The controls vary from that of buttons to the mish-mash of analogue sticks and the analogue stick controls can take some time getting used to, so it was good that they included tutorials using stick men as the overall figure which i find quite original and unusual.

    The game-play is some of the finest to this date, from the fluidity of the characters movements to the over-the-top dunks and slams, to the wacky variety of characters including politicians from the democratic side and the republican side, The feeling of accomplishment when finally managing to get a goal streak 3 exceeds your expectations because then your basketball ignites and this is when the ball gets rolling...after five or more-so shots the flames are extinguished and that feeling of anguish will hit you like a fire ball (pardon the pun) but there is always an upside to that because of yourself having the ability to extinguish your opponents flames and it is so much better if your opponent is sat right next to you in the same room.

    The graphic's can be visually compared to rag-doll kung fu due to that having the same quirkiness yet cartoony look. It is pretty damn great how much they have perfected the visuals from the old predecessor's. It basically looks like a whole new game even holding the same mechanics as the first one.

    The soundtrack is brilliant and can still hold a candle to the old retro 16 bit popcorn tracks. One thing i miss is the old distortion in the soundtrack and the commentators voice it just gave me that old retro feel again and i wish that they could of made an option to include both the new and improved sounds and the original retro sounds.

    The character roster in this game is built up of that of dreams such legends as 'Magic Johnson and Larry Bird' join the new and phenomenal crowd of characters. Even the Beastie Boy's make a return as well as some new teams like the stickmen and the sprite team; just to name a new.

    The multiplayer and the easy to access Online modes are a great addition as well as some new modes such as '21, elimination and domination'; It's a shame the online is sparsely populated.

    To conclude this review i would say that this game is the best arcade basketball game to date and could even hold its own with the said 'NBA 2k' series. If you're a newcomer or even an experienced gamer, i would highly recommend you to pick up this title, You won't regret it.
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  2. Jul 8, 2011
    1
    The games catch up mode is horrible. The npc cheat like mad. When you get 10 points infront the npc gains a level, when you get 20 points infront they gain 2 levels and then they just become unbeatable. It ruins the game. Full Review »
  3. Apr 6, 2011
    8
    Being a fan of the old SNES one I knew what I was getting into. Obviously its not as intense of a basketball game you might want but its not a basketball simulator its an Arcade game. Its fun for what it is. Some of your favorite players to choose from a bunch of different modes. The AI is a little cheap if you're beating them badly they really turn up the heat in the 4th quarter. The online mode is alright if you get teamed up with someone good or matched against someone bad :P I can see where people are complaining about the price a full 50 would be a bit outrageous but it has gone down in price by now only like 30-40 dollars which its definitely worth it. Plus EA announced future roster updates and a DLC coming in October so something to look forward to. Full Review »