Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
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  1. Nov 17, 2010
    This rim-rocking arcade classic returns, and though it's pretty shallow, it's still an awful lot of fun.
  2. 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.
  3. Nov 25, 2010
    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.
  4. Games Master UK
    Feb 18, 2011
    A neat little slice of nostalgia. [Feb 2011, p.94]
  5. Nov 23, 2010
    Well done! The classic arcade gameplay returns.
  6. Nov 30, 2010
    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.
  7. Jan 28, 2011
    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.
  8. Nov 30, 2010
    So while the core game remains as entertaining as ever, what we've got here is essentially a fun little multiplayer-focused game which EA has burdened with a cache of tiresome, superfluous and unnecessary bonus modes, the overall focus designed around squeezing out a full-blown retail release.
  9. Jan 4, 2011
    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.
  10. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Feb 16, 2011
    Buy it and it'll keep you amused for an hour every few weeks. [Jan 2011, p.118]
  11. Jan 3, 2011
    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.
  12. 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.
  13. Play UK
    Dec 29, 2010
    Occasionally thrilling, and lovingly reproduced. [Issue#200, p.92]
  14. 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.
  15. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Jan 13, 2011
    At 10 quid, this'd probably score in the mid 70s. Shame. [Jan 2011, p.96]
  16. Dec 11, 2010
    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.
  17. Jan 1, 2011
    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.
  18. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Jan 6, 2011
    We can't stop wondering how we'd feel about the game is EA had ungraded Jam with modern gameplay fineries. Or better yet, priced it more appropriately. [Jan 2011, p.85]
  19. Dec 11, 2010
    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!
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Dec 26, 2010
    The game is set in the comic-realistic world of the NBA. You are given an option to choose from two different versions. The
    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
    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 pointsThe 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
    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 aBeing 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 »