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      15.04.2009 21:25
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      "NBA Jam 2001" is a video game released for the Gameboy Color console in 2000 by Acclaim. It is a sports genre game with basketball being represented. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      The gameplay is accurate to the rules and fouls observed at the time of release in the National Basketball Association. There are two main modes for the player to choose from including a single exhibition match and the more advanced career mode. For simpler play, the player is offered a practice mode which does not feature any computer controlled AI opponents and a "Head to Head" mode which matches randomly selected teams for immediate play. There is obvious graphical detailing in this title but this was poorly implemented, leading to slower play which almost fully freezes in areas of more action. It goes without saying that this would likely lead to frustration in more close-knit areas of play. The developers of NBA Jam 2001 also included a second player option through use of a game link cable which bears the same sort of glitches, and does not come across as suitable for extended periods.

      The graphics have improved over previous basketball titles which is a step in the right direction. The characters have been increased in size to allow for clearer detailing and finer points such as team colours in the uniform. The environmental features, such as the court lines, come across as slightly brighter than what would be seen in a realistic setting but this did not repel me much. I didn't find the sound to be particularly noteworthy and features appropriate accents to highlight gameplay rather than dominate it.

      Despite a few technical flaws, NBA Jam 2001 is a formidable attempt at bringing basketball to the Gameboy Color console. It could perhaps be seen as a good play in shorter bursts as opposed to a title which could endure numerous battery cycles.

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