NBA Jam Te
Built for speed, the next-generation systems are perfect for coin-op translations like NBA Jam TE.
Jam's two-on-two arcade-style hoops action is fast paced and realistic. These versions will include picture-perfect replicas of the arcade graphics, complete with scaling and digitized pics of all 120 NBA superstars in the updated roster. Watch for new hidden characters and a playable rookie team called the "Hot Spots. "
Additional power-ups and outrageous special moves should further enhance the gameplay.
These are likely to be the best home versions of this arcade hit to date.
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Jam! Jam! JAM! The Sega Saturn and Sony's PlayStation version features true arcade-style players. Scaling of players has been incorporated, giving NBA Jam fans realistic on-screen movements of characters. As in real-life basketball, the closer the players get to the screen, the bigger they become. It's just like you're actually playing the arcade version without having to find the coin slot.
Tournament Edition is loaded with features. With the NBA license, the game features more than 120 updated NBA superstars--even rookies. In the predecessor, you could only play one team versus another team. In TE, you can match up with the same team. Another big change that has been added is that you can rest your players after a quarter has expired. Here you may choose your clutch player to replace the injured guy.
At the Options Screen, you can turn Tournament Modes on or off; Juice Mode; icons (dunk from anywhere on the court, increased three-point ability and so forth) or even Tournament Play. These are some factors that make the game more challenging and enjoyable. Enter the tournament and see if you're good enough for the super team, but that's only when you've beaten all of the other teams.
Expect tons of hints and tricks for this puppy. The later version had a large number of tricks: big heads, secret teams and so forth. This is the closest you can get to the real thing.
Sure, NBA Jam Tournament Edition for PlayStation boasts all the features of the arcade game. But the ball doesn't bounce so high for the next generation. By now, most gamers are aware of the new options in T.E. - more players, substitutions, and so on - so let's go straight to the nitpicking.
It Isn't the Shoes
The graphics look good. The crowd movement from the arcade version is intact, and the scaling from the back to the front of the court is respectable. But the definition of elements like players' faces compares unfavorably to the detail in the arcade game. And you sometimes lose a players noggin off the top of the screen on a monster jam.
T.E. provides plenty of new voices, including player names from the announcer. Sadly, they sound a bit choppy, and purists may snivel about a few choice clips that went AWOL (along with the crackling of the ball on fire). The other sound effects are excellent.
The A.I. presents the game's biggest drawback. It's so tough that even the lower difficulty levels can be murder. As a result, the FunFactor takes a hit and replay value drops considerably.
Give this CD a rent before purchasing it. The new options are welcome, but the few missing effects and flaky A.I. will make you think twice before you make your PlayStation a JamStation.
- Rather than simply stealing, go for a knockdown to reduce an opponent's stamina.
- Power is the most important stat to possess.