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  • Summary: LIVE Seasons mode is back this year with new content updated daily, all season long. New Hot Spot Challenges within BIG Moments task players with replicating game-defining moments from real-world NBA games as closely as possible, while NBA Rewind lets you replay entire contests, jumping inLIVE Seasons mode is back this year with new content updated daily, all season long. New Hot Spot Challenges within BIG Moments task players with replicating game-defining moments from real-world NBA games as closely as possible, while NBA Rewind lets you replay entire contests, jumping in and out whenever you like. Replicate (or stop) a big run from last night’s marquee match-up, hop in to take the game-winning shot, replay the entire game from tip-off to final whistle or anything in between. Content in LIVE Seasons is refreshed throughout the NBA Season. [EA Sports] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Nov 22, 2014
    83
    NBA Live may still not be the best virtual game of basketball out there, but it is certainly worth a look if you are hoping to change up your game, as it looks great, has tons of modes, and is fun to play to boot.
  2. Nov 6, 2014
    65
    It is a step forward from the previous episode, but still there's a long way to go for NBA Live until they can fight again for the championship.
  3. Oct 28, 2014
    60
    NBA Live 15 is a definite upgrade over the previous year’s edition, but again, that really isn’t saying much.
  4. While its core modes are shallower than the competition, NBA Live 15 is breezy and fun to play on the court. [Jan 2015, p.82]
  5. Nov 3, 2014
    50
    Effective offense is a struggle to achieve, and defense is far too automated to keep you interested. Even with individual players looking better up close, NBA Live 15 fails to present an attractive package when all ten bodies are running plays on the court.
  6. Oct 29, 2014
    40
    With NBA Live 15, EA Sports makes minimal progress at best, but can't seem to find a solid enough identity for its hoops sim. The gameplay is all over the place, the modes don't show enough improvement, and the visual splendor is dulled over by commentators who feel like they want to be somewhere else.
  7. 40
    Boring. Abysmal. Buy NBA 2K15. [Issue#118, p.83]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. Jan 31, 2015
    10
    WOW!!!!!!! This game is incredible!!!! Great game modes, good presentation, you can't beat Mike Breen and JVG Commentating! Should add slamWOW!!!!!!! This game is incredible!!!! Great game modes, good presentation, you can't beat Mike Breen and JVG Commentating! Should add slam dunk contest and other features but still better then nab 2k! This is a refreshing new basketball game! Expand
  2. Oct 29, 2014
    9
    nba live did a great job this year. the graphics and mechanics is good. the gameplay is up to part also. they should add more customizationnba live did a great job this year. the graphics and mechanics is good. the gameplay is up to part also. they should add more customization for the my player and a scrimmage also. Expand
  3. Oct 29, 2014
    8
    NBA Live took great strides in game play this year. Although, graphically 2K has EA beat (which is rare), EA has such a good handle on theNBA Live took great strides in game play this year. Although, graphically 2K has EA beat (which is rare), EA has such a good handle on the game play; especially the passing and shooting mechanics.

    Initially, I was not a fan of the meter below your player indicating whether or not you are in position for a clear shot, but it was a welcomed visual cue once I got accustomed to it. I was able to take a quick shot without the need to estimate a player's distance from me.

    I am a huge fan of the menu system; it's quick, clean and very easy to follow. It makes getting in to a game quick and easy. NHL suffers from poor menu structure, and after having almost exclusively played that title for the past while, NBA Live's menu system was a nice change.

    Graphically, as mentioned above, I feel NBA Live lags behind a bit, when compared to 2K. The crowd seems a little too 'perfect' - meaning all of the crowd models are the exact same distance apart, and there's no variation in their distances between each other - or their seats. It might seem like a small detail, but it makes the crowd look like they're all lined up for an assembly, rather than about to cheer on their home team.

    Presentation looks very good, but I saw something I never thought I would complain about; 60FPS overlays. Even on Television, network logo transitions between game play sequences aren't THAT smooth - and the smoothness of the overlays in NBA Live actually take away from the "TV Broadcast" experience. It's an extremely minor detail.

    The new passing mechanics, combined with the quicker passing animations yield a fantastic team experience - and also gives the user some creativity. Alley-oops, picks and even Euro Jumps are quickly executed, and look rather smooth when pulled off correctly.

    Defensively, I have a grip with the 'swat' system - I could never seem to time it right. Fault of the game, or with me? I'm unsure - but it's worth noting that it could use some work.

    Foul calls seem to be bang on, and I'm happy with how they've been called in the 20+ games I've played so far.

    All-in-All, I think EA made a great step in the right direction with NBA Live 15. They still have some stiff competition, but you can't help but notice they are stepping up their game and bringing the franchise back to the front of the minds of Basketball gamers.
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  4. Feb 23, 2015
    7
    Overall, 2K is a better game, but Live is closing the gap.

    Things I like about Live 15: 1. Press LT to call for picks on the fly 2.
    Overall, 2K is a better game, but Live is closing the gap.

    Things I like about Live 15:
    1. Press LT to call for picks on the fly
    2. Dirk's hair looks way better in Live than in 2K
    3. Dribbling and passing mechanics
    4. Frequency of steals vs. fouls
    5. Coaches and staff look way better in Live
    6. Eurostep
    7. Players' arms actually look realistic. In 2K, the players' arms are too skinny.
    8. Ultimate team mode

    Things I don't like about Live 15:
    1. General gameplay inconsistencies
    2. Sometimes alley-oops are really easy, sometimes they are impossible
    3. When players drive to the hoop, strange movements happen
    4. No shot stick
    5. The "good release" point is not in sync with the top of the player's shot (too early!)
    6. The lighting is lacking compared to 2K
    7. Lack of signature shooting forms both during regular play and for free throws
    8. Too many roster update glitches
    9. Bland in-game commentator commentary

    Even though the game has a lot of deficiencies, at the end of the day, it is still fun to play. 7/10
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  5. Nov 2, 2014
    7
    NBA Live 15 is a lot more enjoyable than NBA Live 14, but NBA Live 15 stills fall short in a lot of categories. The team clearly focused onNBA Live 15 is a lot more enjoyable than NBA Live 14, but NBA Live 15 stills fall short in a lot of categories. The team clearly focused on graphics and cleaning up the gameplay. Unfortunately, the game modes are lacking depth because of this.

    Gameplay
    I am really enjoying the gameplay experience with Live the more I play it. However, this is from a casual basketball gamer perspective. I don't think Live better represents basketball than 2K, but I do enjoy playing Live more which is what gaming is all about. I am enjoying the ball handling and how fluid the controls are when setting up a play or setting up an opponent to blow right past them. I love having feedback every time I shoot the ball so I know how to adjust depending on which player I am controlling. I do feel like the post game needs work. I feel like the defenders in the post don't have any urgency and just wait too long to react to the offensive player.

    Graphics
    The most noticeable upgrade right from the start is the graphics. All of the marquee players have face scans and their body builds have been adjusted. Hopefully EA can continue improving in this field and eventually update the game so even the players deep on the bench get the same treatment as the marquee athletes. I have noticed a decent amount of clipping issues. I have seen hands go through bodies and hands go through the backboard.

    Presentation
    ESPN is back which is great, but nothing about the presentation excites me anymore aside from the camera angles and crowd noise. The broadcasters are rather boring and the only time they get excited is when they yell BANG after a three pointer. The highlights presented by Rose are great in theory, but the camera angles used are too far away. I will say that I am loving the official ESPN camera which changes based on what arena you are playing in. Also, the crowd is great. They will stand up and go nuts if you hit a clutch three or be totally silent if you are getting blown out on your home court.

    Game Modes
    Live Ultimate Team
    Honestly, I am worn out on these modes and LUT doesn't bring anything new to the table to make me want to invest my time.

    Big Moments
    I am a huge fan of Big Moments. Anytime you can relive a situation that happened the night before in the real NBA is a great experience to have in a video game.

    Online
    I played a couple of games online and they went smooth overall. I noticed some slight slowdown in some areas, but nothing that ruins the experience or hurts your shot mechanics.

    Rising Star
    This mode needs to have a lot done to it to make it an enjoyable experience. The only customization options that are impressive is the shoe selection. You can only choose from 20 or so faces and the lack of hair color/facial features/game face hurt the overall experience since you can't come close to replicating yourself in the game. Not to mention that nothing special really happens in the mode. It's really bare bones for the second year in a row.

    Overall
    I gave NBA Live 14 a 5 and I am giving NBA Live 15 a 7. I truly think this game is fun on the court from a casual perspective and EA just needs to continue working on the game modes and tuning gameplay/graphics to get closer to a complete product. Also, online team play missing again is really not acceptable. I think a lot more people would give this game a chance if they could hop on with 4 buddies and challenge 5 other real opponents.
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  6. Oct 30, 2014
    7
    NBA Live 15 is back and 100% better than last year--last year was a pretty bad showing. I honestly feel like the gameplay has improved enoughNBA Live 15 is back and 100% better than last year--last year was a pretty bad showing. I honestly feel like the gameplay has improved enough for this game to be fun to play. It's not perfect, but EA is still updating things on the fly, like face scans, uniforms, and animations--not many games are updating like this or promise to update throughout the year. While NBA 2K is the basketball game to beat, NBA Live is not a bad alternative for those who are tired of the issues that plague that title. The modes needs work, Ultimate Team is watered down compared to FIFA or Madden (I'm not sure why that is), gameplay is almost ready for primetime (give it two-three years), and graphics have been tremendously improved. The Demo is out. Take it for a spin and make up your own mind. I would have preferred if Live was delayed another three years--just come back when the game is crazy good instead of limping along at the start, then improving every year, but that's just me. If you are an old fan of Live, you just might like this on...it's growing on me. Expand
  7. Nov 26, 2014
    1
    Figured I would stray from 2k and try out this game, worst decision ever. To start, My Career is a joke, your player starts off being able toFigured I would stray from 2k and try out this game, worst decision ever. To start, My Career is a joke, your player starts off being able to drop 20ppg easily. The rating system for your performance regularly doesn't count assists, rebounds or other things. You get no points for helping on defense, you can't switch your man on defense and the AI won't go help to cover your man if you break off to double team someone. The AI in general absolutely suck, most teams stand around until the shot clock has 4 seconds left and then either huck up a shot or drive. Oh, you can't miss if you drive either, my player is literally 6'1" and I haven't missed a layup yet. It's literally impossible to get open unless you call for a screen, and if you miss a contested shot (basically every 3-pointer) you lose points in the system. This game is trash, the camera angles suck and the graphics suck. Most of the players faces look like they've been hit with a shovel and then stuck in an oven. I literally made this account to give this review so that you don't make the same mistake I did. Oh yeah, and passing through 3 players is pretty easy, except when your teammate is wide open, then it gets intercepted. The game freezes constantly too. Customization compared to 2k is non-existent. Expand

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