NBA Jam

 
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Over-the-top arcade b-ball puts Obama and Palin in game.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a casual basketball title featuring real NBA stars and a slightly more aggressive, over-the-top style of gameplay.

Positive role models

The game features real stars from the NBA.

Ease of play

The Wii motion controls are quite easy to pick up. Players use the nunchuk to move athletes and fire off jump shots and slam dunks by flicking the Wii up, then forward. The A button on the remote is for passing the ball. The game also features a tutorial mode to help players learn all the moves.

Violence

Players can sometimes shove opponents to the floor to steal the ball.

Sex
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that NBA Jam is an arcade style basketball game featuring real athletes from the NBA. Players control one of the NBA's teams and battles opponents in 2-on-2 hoops games. The game features a slightly more aggressive style of play compared to real world basketball, with players shoving opponents to the ground to steal the ball. Players can choose to include political figures like President Obama and Sarah Palin in their game.

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What's it about?

NBA JAM is as arcade style basketball game featuring some of the stars and teams from the National Basketball Association. It's based on the classic arcade video game from the 1990s. Players can simply challenge friends at home in a two-player environment, or embark on the Remix Tour, where players take one team and travel the country to battle others in a series of 2-on-2 hoops challenges. Players can also unlock classic stars such as Larry Bird and even politicians such as President Barack Obama and Sarah Palin. The game also features a tutorial to learn the motion controls.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The new NBA Jam marks a great overhaul for the longtime arcade hit. It's simple to play and absolutely entertaining. The controls are the quite easy to pick up as well. It features outrageous slam dunks and a slightly more aggressive style of play, such as the ability to knock down opponents to steal the ball. Perhaps the one downside is there's a limited number of game modes to choose from, so the game could lose some replayability once every new character has been unlocked. However, NBA Jam is a simple, exhilarating arcade hoops game.

Families can talk about...

  • How do the arcade style sports games compare to the sports simulations such as Madden? Which is better, and why?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:EA Sports
Release date:October 5, 2010
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old May 4, 2013
 

NBA Jam for 7+

NBA Jam is a fun game but there is some violence and ads that go with this game. Players can be allowed to "shove" other players and some consumerism can come as well. Otherwise it is fine.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old June 8, 2012
 
LEARNING

Awesome NBA Game

This is a family friendly game that the only issue is advertising in the arenas. this is a good learning game for people who want to know about basketball. The only reason I put 8 and up is because young kids may not get all of it. However it is much easier than NBA 2k12 because of stats, starting lineup, and all those complicated things. Very tame, very fun
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old April 12, 2011
 

good for any age

Come on commonsense, you give it one violence thing just because people get pushed!!!! Look at Call of Duty: Black Ops and you will see a difference. My 6 year old brother plays it and he is fine with it. Wow

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