While I think Peter Moore goes a little overboard calling NBA Jam “one of the most recognizable franchises in videogame history” I still like the fact someone is resurrecting the arcade-style franchise.
From the official press release:
Featuring gameplay that is true to the original, NBA JAM will have players spinning with ankle breaking moves to the basket and on the way to high-flying, backboard-smashing dunks. In addition to the classic experience, EA SPORTS NBA JAM will also introduce new game modes, characters and gameplay depth.
NBA JAM brought an all-new visual style to the sports videogame genre when it debuted in 1993. Now, the new EA SPORTS NBA JAM re-defines the visuals for a sports game yet again by bringing true-to-life body types, updated physics and visible player emotion to the over- the – top experience.
The bolded part above is where I raise an eyebrow and wonder if true-to-life body types for an arcade sports game is such a great idea. But with no screens or video to base an opinion on, I just have to leave it in raised-eyebrow territory. I do hope they include a player creator though.