Basketball's bad boys are all lined up for a one-on-one hoop holiday that delivers fast action, quick moves, and awesome slams. But don't let the smooth taste fool yal Some parts of this game could've been better.
ProTip: Try crossing up opposing players in the cower by attempting to steal. The shot clock will wear down faster than you can say "Boom shakalaka!"
In Yo Face!
NBA Jam for the Genesis delivers the fast-paced, frenzied, arcade-style game play, but it pulls back on the graphics just a bit. As for the sound, well, of course it couldn't match the arcade machine's, but let's just say that you'll hear better background noise on AM radio.
You play as one of 27 teams, stomping down the courts on your way to glory. And although the match-ups are good, the question remains: Where's Shaq? (Cornin' to his own game, eventually.) Players are shown with meters under their names to highlight each individual's strengths and weaknesses in areas such as Defense, Dunks, Speed, and Three Pointers. Pick these carefully, because a hot three- point shooter may mean the difference between a W and an L. Play against the computer, with a friend against the computer, or against a friend. Get a Sega Team Player and you can play with four players! You can keep a record of your wins, and get back in the action with a password feature.
Hangin' on the Him
The sights in NBA Jam for the Genesis far outweigh the sounds. The graphics are clean, but they're not as defined as those in the SNES version. The players seem more colorful, but less sharp here (compare the pics yourself). The speed of the players is about the same, with the Genesis being just a tiny bit faster than the SNES version. The crowd remains as listless and lifeless as the crowd at an Air Supply concert.
The sounds don't get much above Air Supply either. Forget rockin' your speakers. You're | lucky if your volume control goes to the left of "0." The announcer sounds as excited about the game as the fans are. All the great arcade sound effects, like sneaker-squeaking and net-swishing, are muted, as if the players were underwater.
If you go for the long shot, Turbo a man down to the basket to grab (or fight foij the rebound.
The three-button controls (steal, block, shoot) are as simple as in the arcade version. The players are easy to maneuver, and you'll quickly get the hang of slammin' on the turbo with Button B. You can also, of course, make some of the most awesome slam dunks in video hoops history.
When you're "On Fire,'' you can Goal Tend until the cows come home.
Occasionally, the computer cheats enormously. This is frustrating, especially when you're driving to win and the computer scores two, three, maybe four times in a row! And don't expect to see the ref make an appearance unless you're Goal Tending. The game is much more fun as a multiplayer contest.
Two of the most balanced players are Pippen (Chicago) and Mounting (Charlotte).
Don't let all that deter you, though. This game's still a first- rate ball bouncer, and one of the best hoops games out there, especially when you ram it on home with a Tarzan Slam or a 360-degree Rim- Rocker. Acclaim's gone for the slam dunk with NBA Jam, and although it's not an exact translation of the arcade, it's still gonna score big with most fans of the classic coin op. This one's more fun than an NBA contract.