October 28, 2014
The past couple of years haven't been to kind to the NBA Live video game series, but Tiburon and EA Sports are looking to put a change to that this year. NBA Live 15, which features Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers as its cover athlete, is the first NBA Live game that may make a difference since troubles arose in 2010 for the series.
Back in 2010 a total remake was planned with NBA Elite 11, but it was canceled and series took a year off after that. Then a return in 2012 with NBA Live 13 was quickly canceled as well, leaving EA Sports to clean house and start over with a new creative leadership. Under the new leadership of Sean O'Brien, the NBA Live series finally released a game with NBA Live 14 but was met with tons of criticism from gamers and media. However, NBA Live 15 is looking to not repeat any of these former mistakes.
The biggest change to NBA Live this year are the much more realistic player models. EA Sports scanned 70 percent of the NBA players, and it shows: character models no longer look like plastic men running around the court. Texture details are clear and the skin actually looks like skin now. Also, animations have been completely refashioned and its evident. EA Sports says that over 600 layups and dunks were motion-captured and redone to blend together for a much favorable experience.
Controls are also a lot more responsive. Compared to the NBA 2K15, it seems to be a lot easier to run fast breaks in NBA Live 15. The presentation is very nice and the addition of ESPN and commentary from Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Been only add to it. Also, the halftime show with Jalen Rose gives a great deal of breakdowns to keep gamers intrigued.
And maybe the biggest positive NBA Live 15 has over the 2K series is a consistent online connectivity. However, this may be attributed to the fact there are many more people playing the 2K series.
Gamers shouldn't expect a dethroning of NBA 2K but, rather, rejoice in the fact that NBA Live has finally got their priorities together and created a decent, solid basketball game this year. Personally, I enjoy the gameplay of NBA Live 15 over 2K15. NBA Live is heading in the right direction with a legitimately fun basketball game that now has visuals it doesn't have to be ashamed of.