NBA Jam T.E.


Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 8

Sound: 5

Gameplay: 9

Overall: 9


It seems the Jaguar missed its calling. After witnessing what it can pull off with NBA Jam T.E., it's a wonder why more companies didn't give it a shot. On par with graphically and gameplay wise with both the Saturn and PS One ports, this is a fantastic conversion of an already great game. And not that it's saying much, but it's the best basketball game on the system.

nbajam1.jpg (38368 bytes)If you're gamer of any age and haven't played a version of NBA Jam, you're not really a gamer. It's the single most important arcade style basketball game ever made, filled with flawless dynamics and over the top dunks. If you have the ability, playing alongside three other friends in a 2-on-2 struggle is far more entertaining than any serious basketball simulation. The substitution feature added to this edition is brilliantly executed, creating balance regardless of what two teams are playing.

This port contains everything the other console versions did, complete with a battery back-up, selectable hot spots, no fouls, and special teams comprised of all stars and rookies. Even with the Jaguar controller, this is still perfectly playable, the B button serving as the all-important turbo. This version does seem just a notch harder than its counterparts, even on the easiest level.

nbajam2.jpg (40379 bytes)There's nothing particularly special about this version to differentiate it other than the graphics, which feature all of the parallax and scaling players. Colors seem a little more muted that the arcade game, especially when it comes to the crowd. It's just a notch below the arcade port. A few animations seem to be missing too, especially when it comes to jump shots and complicated dunks.

The audio side doesn't quite fare as well. The music has been completely changed and it's not for the better. The theme playing through the fourth quarter is disgusting and annoying. Not a single track from the original has been included. Tim Kitzrow's unmistakable voice still blares in the background, all of his calls seemingly intact, even the players names.

Considering the only competition on the Jaguar is the unplayable mess White Men Can't Jump, Jam T.E. has a nice home here. It certainly seems to fit better here than it does on the crowded 16-bit consoles. It's a classic, and it deserves to be.


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Last updated: Friday, September 09, 2005 04:40 PM