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NLSC Podcast #373: Shiver With Anticipation

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Episode #373 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Derek (aka Dee4Three) and I are your hosts for this weekly podcast that’s all about basketball gaming.

Our first foray into playing NBA 2K17 head to head using Parsec and Steam Remote Play didn’t go as well as we hoped, but we’re not giving up just yet. Following up on the announcement that prompted our main discussion in Episode #368, the PlayStation 3 Store is remaining open, preserving NBA Jam: On Fire Edition a little longer. Although the preview season is still months away, we’ve been thinking about past innovations that changed basketball gaming, and what would excite us for NBA 2K22. Surprisingly, it’s still not shoelace physics! In this week’s mailbag, we’re taking a look back at NBA Live 09 on PlayStation 2, and discuss buying prior gen games after we’ve moved on to a new console.

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PlayStation 3 Store To Remain Open; NBA Jam: OFE Still Available

PlayStation 3 Store To Remain Open

There’s some great news regarding the continued availability of NBA Jam: On Fire Edition on PlayStation 3. Following on from the announcement that the PlayStation 3 Store would be closing on August 27th 2021, Sony have since elected to keep the Store open for PS3, as well as PS Vita. The PSP Store will still close on July 2nd this year.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that NBA Jam: On Fire Edition will be available indefinitely. There’s still a chance it will be removed from the PlayStation 3 Store and Xbox Live Marketplace at some point in the future. However, as long as those platforms remain open and the listings are active, you can search for NBA Jam: OFE and purchase it. There’s certainly less of a ticking clock now that the PlayStation 3 Store will remain open.

If you’re a collector and/or an avid arcade basketball gamer, I definitely recommend NBA Jam: On Fire Edition for PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. Please note that the servers are offline, removing online play and the roster updates that the game received. It’s nevertheless one of the best games in the NBA Jam series though, and still a lot of fun to dust off today, even with the default rosters.

PlayStation 3 Store Closing; Grab NBA Jam: OFE While You Can

NBA Jam: OFE Leaving With PlayStation 3 Store Closing

In case you missed the announcement late last month, Sony has confirmed that they will be closing the Store for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable, on August 27th, 2021. Gamers will still be able to download titles and content they’ve already purchased, but no new purchases can be made after that date.

Of particular interest to basketball gamers is NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, which was a digital exclusive release for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Following the closing of the PlayStation 3 Store on August 27th, NBA Jam: OFE will no longer be available to purchase. As such, if you want to add the game to your collection, you’re advised to pick it up ASAP.

My personal recommendation, as both a basketball video game collector and NBA Jam aficionado, is that On Fire Edition is definitely worth picking up. The servers are no longer online which means that the roster updates it received will no longer come through, but there’s still a bevy of content to enjoy. In my opinion, it’s the best game in the NBA Jam series, and one of the best arcade hoops titles period.

Incidentally, NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is also still available on Xbox 360. The removal of old games from online marketplaces is a contentious issue among retro gamers, and one that we discussed in Episode #368 of the NLSC Podcast. In any case, if you still don’t own NBA Jam: OFE and are thinking of picking it up on PS3, be sure to act fast as it won’t be available beyond August.