reviewed by Scott from Classic L337
JAM Live is a rhythm game developed by Zivix and published by Reverb Publishing and 505 Games. JAM Live has 32 different tracks that allow anyone to remix these songs as they see fit or compete in a structured game to complete challenges. This game is available for on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.
The gameplay with JAM Live comes with a steep learning curve difficult to conquer, even with a lengthy tutorial. Using a Rock Band or Guitar Hero guitar you enable various instrumental and vocal tracks to remix the music in the game. The player selects which tracks they would like to enable with the guitar’s upstroke and can turn on aspects of each track with the down stroke. This mechanic unfortunately feels clunky and unnatural. Admittedly, I’m not sure if it is possible, but I would have liked to use the Rock Band Keyboard.
Song selection is an opportunity missed with JAM Live. This style of game would have been a great match with hundreds of independent chiptune music. Instead we are only left with only 32 licensed pop songs, most of which do not feel fun to remix and change around. The sound quality and clarity of the tracks is quite good as is balance of volume. Stronger song selection would have given me more patience with the mechanics.
This game has the has two modes, Arcade and Jam. Arcade is a structured mode that will give you an experience closer to a traditional arcade-base rhythm game such as Guitar Freaks or Beatmania. Jam mode is a freestyle mode that lets you make the music while attaching its own challenges.
I had high expectations for this game and unfortunately cannot recommend it. This game is available for 800 MS Points on Xbox Live Arcade and $9.99 on the PlayStation Network. For for information on this game, please visit http://jamlivemusicarcade.com/
Developed by Zivix
Published by Reverb Publishingand 505 Games