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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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 & Scariness
Players can sometimes shove opponents to the floor to steal the ball.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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