“ Manufacturer: Nintendo / Publisher: Acclaim / Genre: Sports / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / PEGI Age Rating: Age 3+ / Max. Number Of Players: 1 / Control Elements: Gamepad / Release Date: 21 February, 2002 „
"NBA Jam 2002" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2002 by Acclaim. It is a sports title 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 appears to be geared towards an arcade release as opposed to a true sports simulation. The game features a two on two side scrolling basketball game which is choked full of numerous power-ups and cinematics when making a slam dunk. The player has access to a full season mode, exhibition matches or a simple practice mode which allows one to become familiar with the controls and mechanics of the game. It is advisable that the player should play this practice mode as the game requires a variety of directional pad combinations to activate certain slam dunk maneuvers. The game is generally easy as the player simply presses the "A" button to shoot from wherever he or she may be on the basketball court and it is likely that the shot will at least hit the rim of the net.
The graphics are presented from a side scrolling perspective which focuses on the player's character. The visuals are excellent with well drawn characters and one simple basketball court. The game is also accented by adoring fans, nets which react to a player's shot by dipping and a working scoreboard which keeps track of the goings-on. The soundtrack is also good with digital voice snippets from the announcers making comical remarks such as "Kaboom!".
Overall, NBA Jam 2002 is a game I would recommend to prospective buyers seeking a more action packed basketball game as opposed to a true to form simulation. It is an enjoyable play and something which I regularly enjoy.