• Publisher: Acclaim
  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2003
Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
Buy On
  1. If you still want to feel that retro-love pick up NBA Jam, but don't expect to be blown away by its features or anything new, for there is truly a lack of both (except in terms of dunks? there will always be lots of dunks).
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    60
    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]
  3. Game Informer
    65
    From a gameplay perpective, NBA Jam doesn't hold a candle to "NBA Street." [Nov 2003, p.171]
  4. games(TM)
    50
    The slightly clumsy controls and overly enthusiastic (read: nearly unbeatable) AI, plus with a new Hot Spot system that feels very random, makes the whole game feel rather lopsided and not much fun. [Dec 2003, p.125]
  5. 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.
  6. 70
    The game is fun for a while, and definitely worth a rental if you're going to play against some friends, but if ever a game and it's weak AI called for online play, it was this one.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine
    61
    Compared to this new generation of arcade hoopsters, Jam feels unambitious and uninvolving. [Dec 2003, p.146]
  8. Play Magazine
    67
    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]
  9. Xbox Nation Magazine
    50
    It simply can't contend with the 400-pound gorilla that is Electronic Arts' "NBA Street." [Dec/Jan 2004, p.85]
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. JohnA.
    Jan 9, 2004
    10
    This game is great you get the alley-oops and you could do ist as many times as you like. the dunks are fresh, and the dribbles are off the hizzle.
  2. BobG.
    Nov 27, 2003
    6
    Great game to rent from the local video store, but fails to maintain much interest past that. Is relatively one-dimensional and the user can Great game to rent from the local video store, but fails to maintain much interest past that. Is relatively one-dimensional and the user can conquer all the moves in less than a few hours, if not minutes. The other detrimental aspect of this game is the AI. Jam tournament is beatable but nearly impossible to get through legends tournament. Full Review »
  3. ANdrewS.
    Sep 28, 2003
    10
    An awesome remake of the origanal NBA Jam.