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NBA JAM: On Fire Edition (Xbox 360) review

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NBA JAM: On Fire Edition (Xbox 360)

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NBA JAM: On Fire Edition is a basketball game developed by EA Canada and published by EA Sports. It is a remake of the 2010 Wii game, and this edition was released on October 4th, 2011 for Xbox 360 and PS3. As far as plot goes, the only thing that remotely comes close to a plot is you have to beat all 30 NBA teams across the nation.

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Graphics-The character models do look like their real life counterparts, and their animations are fluid and life like. The dunk animations are also really cool to watch. The scenery makes you feel like you’re at an NBA game. The only negative about the graphics is that the crowd looks like they’re dead as they have no emotion whatsoever.

Sound-While the soundtrack isn’t terrible; it feels rather stock and generic, which doesn’t add to the atmosphere. Tim Kitzrow lending his voice as the announcer is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing being that it is good to hear his voice once again as many have played the older NBA JAM games, and he does break the fourth wall on infrequent occasions. The curse is that his catchphrases get really old, really fast. Making matters worse is that he speaks far more frequent than in previous installments.

Gameplay-While the core concept of basketball is intact, the major change is that there are no rules, no refs, and no problems (except for goaltending, which is the only rule). You can partake on a journey called Road Trip to beat all 30 NBA licensed teams with regular 2 vs 2 and crazy stipulations. You can complete challenges during this mode and score some JAM Bucks, which can be used to buy teams, modifiers, legends, etc. You can also do a Jam Session if you want the extra practice. The only negative aspect of gameplay is your partner AI. A good example would be that on easy, he’s aggressive, but on the harder difficulties, you have to play baby sitter and order him around.

Teams-There’s a variety of weird and wacky teams in this game. From politicians to an all turkey team, they’re all there.

Overall-This game is like an unearthed gem; rough and coarse on the outside, but after some polish and cleaning, it is a gem to behold.

Score: 4/5

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