Guide By: nastich88
There are 12 Trophies that can be earned in this title.
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NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is more like an expansion pack, rather than a standalone game, to the retail version released in 2010. It has various gameplay tweaks, new modes, improved commentary and AI specifically designed for the hardcore players, all of which just add up to the incredibly fun arcade experience. If you played and loved the original NBA Jam and NBA Hang Time from Midway, then without a doubt you shall be immensely pleased with what NBA Jam (On Fire Edition) has to offer. And if the full retail price was a bit too much for an arcade game, the 15$ on the PSN store make it a definite bargain.
Hope this guide helps you towards the 100% completion of the game.
- Estimate difficulty: 6/10 (personal estimate)
- Offline: 10 [6 / 3 / 1 ]
- Online: 2 [1 / 1 ]
- Approximate time to 100%: 8 days (the least) for the online trophies - see Arena Vet for more info. 20+ hours for the offline trophies.
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: Jam Sesh (5 games), Road Trip campaign (121 games), numerous online games on your way to 50 wins.
- Missable Trophies: None
- Glitched Trophies: None
- Cheats disable trophies: N/A
- Difficulty affect trophies: Yes (you’ll have to master the higher difficulties for a 100% completion, see Road Trippin’ for more details)
From the main menu select Jam Now, set the difficulty to easy, play 5 different games, and have fun. This will net you the Jam Sesh trophy. Try to familiarize yourself with the controls, and get a general feel for the game. I suggest you use the tag team option, since it's much more efficient than the classic mode. When taking a shot, keep your ears open for a propeller aircraft kind of buzz, or a formula one car sound, that sound indicates the player's hot spot. Make three buckets from that spot, and you'll get a major shot bonus throughout the game.
The privileges you buy from the jam store, such as "Unlimited Turbo", "One shot fire", "Mini men", etc... here can be turned on, to further increase the fun factor. Note that in this mode you will not be able to upgrade your Jam Challenges.
Start the Road Trip campaign. You can do this by yourself, or with a friend online to double the fun. Here you’ll begin to complete the different jam challenges, earn medals and jam bucks respectively. I strongly suggest you stick with the Road Trip campaign for a while before going online. Unlock at least the Gold medal matches, or even the Platinum ones, because ultimately mastering the higher difficulties (especially the AI Jambots in the platinum medal matches) will significantly increase your skills and awareness for the game, and groom you to becoming a better NBA jam player overall, thus making the on-line experience much more easier.
Step into the online arena. Your main goal here is to win matches and earn medals within a timed session, while also boosting your jam challenge progress and earning tons of jam bucks and XP along the way. The online arena is divided into sessions that last for about seven days. In that time span you must win as many matches as you can, and earn medals. The maximum amount of medals you can earn per session is 5 (1 Bronze = 5 wins, 1 Silver = 10 wins, 1 Gold =15 wins, 1 Platinum = 20 wins, and 1 Diamond = 25 wins). The wins for the medals are counted as overall, not consecutive. After getting the last Diamond medal (25 wins) in one particular session, you can continue to build up your winning score, but that number will not add up towards your medal earnings, it will only improve the scoresheet in your online arena history and leaderboards. You must wait for the current session to expire, and the new one to start (immediately after the previous one), so that you may continue your pursuit for medals.
The first online trophy you’ll obtain is Arena Noob , which requires you to earn one medal, an equivalent of 5 overall wins. The second online trophy, Arena Vet (earn ten online medals) will take a minimum of two sessions to obtain. For more info see Arena Vet.
(Please refer to the Boosting Thread for help with the online trophies)
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|Upgrade 1 JAM Challenge to Diamond level || (1) |
In the main menu hit the button to bring up “Jam Central”, and from there navigate to “Jam Challenges”. Here you’ll find multiple challenges, that will test your skill and reward you with jam bucks upon completion. Jam Bucks is the in game currency, that you can use later on to buy stuff in the jam store, like different logos, titles, and backgrounds to customize your jam card, legendary players, teams, privileges, etc... (The logos, titles and backgrounds have a certain prestige system attached to, and many of them require you to be at a specific level, or complete a series of challenges, before you even attempt to purchase them.)
Each challenge has 5 levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond), that you can upgrade in the Road Trip Campaign or by playing in the Online Arena, unless you’re playing the Jam Now mode, in which case the challenges don’t apply.
The “Iced Out” trophy should come with the natural progression of the game, and there is absolutely no need to go out of your way in order to farm it. The trophy is cumulative from your performance in both online and offline matches. You can always check your progress in the “Jam Challenges” section.
|Earn 10 total Arena Medals || |
This is an online trophy that requires you to earn 10 medals in the online arena, which is the equivalent of 50 overall wins, across multiple sessions. Bear in mind that there are also specific online challenges, similar to the jam challenges, that reward you medals, but they DON’T count, only wins count towards the Arena Vet trophy.
When you first enter the online arena, you’ll notice a timer ticking. The timer is set to seven days, and represents the remaining time you have to win matches and earn medals in that particular session.
The medals are divided into Bronze (5 wins), Silver (10 wins), Gold (15 wins) Platinum (20 wins), and Diamond (25 wins).
The maximum amount of medals you can earn per session is 5, which translates to 25 wins in total, or an in game Diamond medal. You can still go beyond the 25 wins, but that would be only for the purposes of improving your leaderboards standings and scoresheet in your online arena history. When the timer expires and the session ends, a new one immediately follows, and you can start your quest for medals again, meaning that the Arena Vet trophy (Earn 10 total Arena Medals) will take you a minimum of two sessions (two weeks) to obtain.
This trophy can be achieved solo or in co-op, or you can mix between both, it doesn't really matter, as long as you're winning.
Please refer to the Boosting Thread, for help with the online trophies.
|Upgrade 3 JAM Challenges to Platinum level || |
See “Iced Out” for more information
|Reach Level 25 || |
You get XP points for every single game you play in the three game modes Jam Now, Road Trip, and Online Arena. There are various XP bonuses like just participate in matches, win matches, play on higher difficulty settings, play with random teams, play co-op, complete jam challenges, etc. The higher the level, the more distinguished logos and backgrounds will become available for you to purchase, and show off on your jam card. The maximum level cap is 50, so just play the game on, or offline and this trophy will unlock naturally.
|Thanks for the Love|
|Watch the Credits until the end || |
From the main menu select extras, and then Credits. Simply let them roll, until you get your bronze *ding*
|Win 60 different Road Trip games || |
Self explanatory. See Road Trippin' for more information.
|Complete Road Trip || (1) |
The Road Trip campaign consists of 121 games, throughout the divisions in the Eastern and the Western conference. It’s by far the hardest trophy in the game, and it's also a time consuming experience, that could get a bit tiresome and frustrating, especially during the last Platinum medal matches, but ultimately it boils down to practice makes perfect.
The 121 games are divided into Bronze Medal games, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and the last one is a special event, a showdown with the Beastie Boys.
The Bronze medal matches are all classic 2v2 jam, and are the easiest, so feel free to experiment with different teams. You can hit in the team selection screen, to randomize your pick, which will net you extra XP.
The silver medal matches, are basically on normal difficulty, and here you’ll be introduced with some new game rules, which will make the matches even more interesting and diversified. Besides the classic 2v2 jam, you’ll play “Fire UP: 1 shot to go on fire, never expires”, “Mod air: Dunks and Alley oops are worth 4” … and other.
In the Gold Medal Matches you’ll find the same rules, more or less, like in the Bronze and Silver ones, just the difficulty has been amped up a bit.
After completing all of the Bronze, Silver and Gold matches, you’ll face you’re biggest hurdle in the game, The Platinum mirror matches, featuring the super-enhanced, and much annoying Jambots (AI designed specifically for the hardcore fans). The Jambots are basically a mirror image of your players of choice, only on steroids. My one-two punch against all of them, were Larry Bird and Kevin Garnett. The Platinum matches count 30 in total, and are played in the classic 2v2 jam format.
Now, I’m not advocating a certain style of play, but I found that Larry’s flawless ranged game, in combination with Garnett’s shoving and alley-oop capabilities can save you a lot of headaches (so I suggest you pick your team along this pattern).
You can use the following strategy: After passing the half-court, utilize the button (call for shove), and have your teammate clear the way for an open shot, if he doesn’t do what he’s supposed to, immediately press and go for an alley-oop. Jambots do have a weak spot for alley oops. On defense, I found that Jambots have a relatively low ball security, so having a teammate with high steal ability, would really help.
The last 121th game is against the Beastie Boys, and thankfully it’s a breeze, and shouldn’t cause any problems at all.
|If You Wanna Be a Baller|
|Reach Level 5 || |
See “Shot Caller” for more information.
|Participate in 5 JAM Now games || |
Easy enough. From the main menu select Jam Now, set the difficulty to easy, play 5 different games, and have fun. You are not even required to win the games, just finish them, and the trophy will pop.
|As a team, sink 5 Razzle Dazzle shots in Road Trip or Online Arena || (2) |
To perform a Razzle Dazzle shot, hold + and hit or push the right stick upwards . Score a bucket in this manner 5 times, during the course of your Road Trip campaign or Online Arena matches, and the trophy will unlock.
|Upgrade 5 JAM Challenges to Bronze level || |
See “Iced Out” for more information
|Earn 1 Arena Medal || |
See "Arena Vet" for more information.