05:14 PM - January 28, 2011 by MMChrisS
NBA Jam is a patch and a roster update away from being a modern classic.
There has been speculation that a roster update may appear after the NBA’s February trade deadline, but that’s all it is: speculation. What we know is that NBA Jam, to date, has received no post-release support, and there is no word from EA Sports on the future of the game.
And that’s a shame because NBA Jam could be a future all-star with a few tweaks to its game.
Fixing CPU AI
On defense, your CPU teammate proves incapable of defending dunks because of an AI glitch. As of now the CPU jumps to contest the slam after the ball has gone through the rim.
On offense, your CPU teammate has an added "delay" to his release whenever you tell him to shoot. As a result, telling your teammate to shoot results in a block 90 percent of the time.
The "delayed release" on CPU jump shots is much worse for CPU teams. All CPU teams release jump shots on the way down, making it far too easy to block the other team’s shots.
CPU defenders also exhibit strange behavior on defensive rebounds; they run to stand at the free-throw line while the ball is in the air, leaving the paint unguarded. This AI tendency makes offensive rebounding too easy.
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