The Arcade classic returns in downloadable form and we had the chance to try it out.
Last fall, EA Sports decided to release disc-based versions of NBA Jam onto the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Although the content was more than enough to warrant such a decision, gamers felt that the same package could have been offered as a downloadable title. Well, that is exactly what the guys at their Vancouver studio have done with the upcoming release of NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, which is scheduled to hit both PSN and XBLA this fall.
The primary focus this time around is delivering the arcade package that so many basketball fans wanted with the first game. From the opening tip, the new Tag Mode feature opens the door to more control options. This time, you won t be forced to select one player and be stuck with them; now, you ll be able to switch between both members of your team and never have to hope that the AI does what you want them to do.
A part of giving you more control, the bumper buttons can be used to call specific actions to be done by the computer-controlled teammate. Need a shove or want to make sure they ready themselves for an alley-oop? Well, with the touch of a bumper button, the AI will perform that particular action. As well as adding this call feature , the controls have also been fine-tuned and the ability to use both either trigger for turbo is a welcomed improvement.
As well as trying to improve the AI aspect of the game, they are also a number of additions being done to add another layer to trash-talking without having to utter a single word. This is done thanks to new play feature called Razzle-Dazzles . These moves, which have multiple options, give you that moment to stick it to your opposition and show off just how good you are. They vary from players yawning to doing The Dougie . Performing these moves are extremely easy; simply hold the two trigger buttons and press the corresponding face-button to pull off the action. Although there will be a lot of different moves to pull-off, knowing when to use them will be key. If you spend too much time trying to show-off, don t be surprised if your opposition takes advantage and erases the lead you once had.
These are just a couple of the new features that basketball fans can expect when NBA JAM: On Fire Edition hits XBLA and PSN later this fall. With a $15 price-tag and the promises of roster updates and other goodies still to be revealed, this could be the version of NBA Jam so many people have been asking for.