Published on December 10th, 2010 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor
Review: NBA Jam HD
Reviewer’s Note: This game was reviewed on the Xbox 360
There is not much that can be said about the PS3 version of NBA Jam that cannot be said about the Wii version. Although the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions feature some additions that gamers out there might find reminiscent of the original, there is still that newly blended achievement scheme that keeps gamers gripping their controllers. Gamers might ask, “If I have an Xbox360/PS3 and a Wii, then what console do I purchase it for?” Some might not like the answer, but you might want to take the Wii version for a test drive before you drop those bills. And I don’t mean Clinton, either.
The HD version of NBA Jam does give off a nice polished “HD” look. Although many out there might not even notice this change, but if you are like me and can pick and HD picture out like a sore thumb, you will not be too disappointed in the Wii version’s presentation. What will the Wii counterpart have you a little saddened by? Well, probably some human interaction on the other end of an internet connection.
One of the best features about NBA Jam is the head-to-head match-ups. This is a great feature that is included in the Xbox360 and PS3 versions that did have me asking the all important question for the Wii: “Why not?” This was something that could have created an all-around fitted feel. With the lack of internet support, the controller layout is pretty standard, but does deviate from its Nintendo counterpart. The use of the joysticks do offer some arcade-like basketball moves, but nothing that will blow your Jordan’s off your feet.
The Wii offers something that I thought the PlayStation Move would compensate for. Unfortunately, we do not get to break out the PS Move that you have sitting on the side of your TV waiting to blast some Helghast in the face. Although there is no Move support as of now, this would have been the deal breaker for someone who thoroughly enjoyed the Wii’s controls. Trophies and achievements will pad your Gamerscore or trophy cases, but Jam Challenges are represented on all consoles.
Must be the shirt!
Final Truth: There is a lot to enjoy with the PS3 and Xbox360 versions of NBA Jam. The mere fact that it has made a comeback for any next-gen console owner makes a statement on how popular the franchise was and still is. The lack of PS Move support brings the controller to have a comfortable feel and room to take homage on the Wii, but the online play and achievements give it the alley-oop it needs to contend on the other two consoles. Whether you are in it to win it with the Wii controls, or the online play and HD display, NBA Jam’s release on all next gen consoles is a nostalgic and backboard shattering great time.
[xrr label=”Rating: 8/10″ rating=8/10]
+Achievements and Trophies
–Controls are average