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  • Summary: LIVE Pro-Am is a fast-paced way to Rise Together with your friends. Pro-Am features LIVE Run and Summer Circuit, two online multiplayer modes that let you compete on iconic indoor and outdoor courts across North America. Play 5-on-5 street ball in LIVE Run. Meet NBA greats on the courts thatLIVE Pro-Am is a fast-paced way to Rise Together with your friends. Pro-Am features LIVE Run and Summer Circuit, two online multiplayer modes that let you compete on iconic indoor and outdoor courts across North America. Play 5-on-5 street ball in LIVE Run. Meet NBA greats on the courts that made them famous in Summer Circuit. Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Oct 12, 2015
    71
    Unfortunately the flaws found in gameplay (especially for the AI) penalize the final score, but thinking only two years ago about a 7 for an episode of the series was pure science fiction.
  2. Oct 2, 2015
    65
    Being a basketball game that works most of the time isn’t enough. Not being up to par with its stellar rival is forgivable, but Live also lacks a point of distinction that justifies its existence to basketball fans. Without that, it ultimately may not earn a contract extension.
  3. CD-Action
    Jan 12, 2016
    65
    Live 16 is a substantial step forward for the series and less demanding players will enjoy it, but it falls far short of NBA 2K. [13/2015, p.57]
  4. Oct 6, 2015
    60
    NBA Live 16 can only go so far with clumsy controls holding it back.
  5. Oct 11, 2015
    58
    It’s good to know that EA Sports doesn’t forget this historical franchise. NBA Live 16 has some promising fundamentals for the future, but it fails in many aspects: shooting system, AI, modes, animations… You can’t have a franchise under construction forever.
  6. Oct 20, 2015
    55
    NBA Live 16 is a conflicting game: it desperately wants to be a simulation, but in the end it's almost too easy for the player. It's a little bit better than the previous installments, but it desperately needs a more clear direction for the future.
  7. 45
    There’s not much positive to NBA Live 16 apart from the unique menus and the well-conceived game modes. Gameplay is borderline crippling, leaving the final product on the whole incomplete. Uneven growth keeps this year’s outing from being justifiably on anyone’s radar.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Sep 29, 2015
    10
    This game is a huge step up from nba live 15. It really is a contender this year and I will be playing this over 2k. With reliable servers andThis game is a huge step up from nba live 15. It really is a contender this year and I will be playing this over 2k. With reliable servers and good game modes such as ultimate team and rising star, this game really is great and I will really be enjoying it. The ESPN license also makes a good difference and makes it really look like an NBA game. My overall score would be a 8.5/10 but seeing as 2k fans are gonna be hating all over this I have to give it a 10 to up its review score. Thanks EA for a finally good nba live experience! Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2015
    10
    Live is legit back this year..this is a GIANT LEAP from live 15...I cant even lie, the pro am mode is wildly addictive and extremely fun toLive is legit back this year..this is a GIANT LEAP from live 15...I cant even lie, the pro am mode is wildly addictive and extremely fun to play with friends..that mode alone has tremendous replay value. This is a great game for the casual sports fan easy, to get the hang of and have fun with. Expand
  3. Sep 30, 2015
    10
    As a casual gamer, i like to be able to play a game and have fun without having to need to have the brain of an actual athelete. I love sim,As a casual gamer, i like to be able to play a game and have fun without having to need to have the brain of an actual athelete. I love sim, but i wany to have fun as well, and i find a great balance of that with NBA Live. Though thier offline modes leave some to be desired, i cannot stop playing online Pro am, mostly when i have a team of like minded players. Great job EA, looking forward to nex year Expand
  4. Oct 4, 2015
    8
    NBA LIVE is back! Over the last three years, NBA Live has continued to improve, going from a game that was barely playable or enjoyable to oneNBA LIVE is back! Over the last three years, NBA Live has continued to improve, going from a game that was barely playable or enjoyable to one that has finally arrived. The game is definitely not perfect, but this is the first true year that I can see myself playing regularly. It is actually decent this year! EA is definitely moving in the right direction with the addition of new modes including Pro-Am. I look forward to improvements in the years to come. Live is back! Expand
  5. Oct 24, 2015
    8
    It's hard to compete against one company when it's best off staying in that certain gray area to build more, and like NCAA Basketball at theIt's hard to compete against one company when it's best off staying in that certain gray area to build more, and like NCAA Basketball at the time with their mantra while attending the community day event out in EA Canada. "The Bigger; The Better". Do I believe this game can reach it's full potential instead of hitting a glass ceiling? Of course. A few takeaways I am seeing with the game sticks out like the easy put back shots off of the rebound, and no body to body post game dominance. The easy put backs shots off of the rebound is a certain pain especially where I was playing against the San Antonio Spurs where Jimmer Ferdette can go 4/4 on put back shots, and the same goes for Courtney Lee of the Memphis Grizzlies while guarded. Having one new feature mode may not be enough for some people about NBA Live Pro AM; which I am quite pleased about it. The stop on the dime momentum killer close to the basket is a issue for me on a fastbreak where I want to finish either with a layup or an emphatic dunk; it sometimes create that zero gathering whether if it's off one foot or two feet. Meaning that you're sometimes not going to get that certain layup, but a jump shot instead. AI on defense sometimes can be dumb down where there's zero awareness whether if it's on a steal or protecting the basket. I see little maybe not less of spacing created during a triple threat stance. Lastly, not all big men are ball handlers outside of Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin just to name a few who actually played point guard back in high school before their growth spurt.

    Just like the old mantra I have said in regards of NCAA Basketball. "The Bigger, The Better". I see the potential to this game, and the edges and rough spots got to be smoothed out. I enjoy the game a lot, and I am crazy about LUT when it comes to the challenges and season. I do see this game building up more, and this is a incredible jump from NBA LIVE 14 and NBA LIVE 15. Patch it up some more, and bring back certain things that can help along the way like the old NBA LIVE Academy which I always said it helps. That was like Basketball 101 for some whom may not understand the fundamentals of the sport, but loves the game regardless. Go real in depth to the game, and just to add on more to what we are all witnessing. Look in certain archives or ask around the forums on what made LIVE fun? What is it that attracted people to the game, and what can we all do to make it the game like it was? Whether if it's FIBA; LIVE Run; LIVE Pro AM if you want to implement parts of NBA Street; once again LIVE Academy; more signatures; more accessories / more freedom to create our player; etc. You have to go big just like that mantra by reaching out more to the community who wants to see this game shine more within high standard not just hitting that line by saying good enough. Because good is never good enough, and not all games are perfect either. Although I see this game becoming better when it's in depth, and smoothed out most of all.
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  6. Sep 29, 2015
    7
    NBA Live 16 had me thinking that Live would be back competing with 2k. While it isn't that good, Live 16 provides an overall better experienceNBA Live 16 had me thinking that Live would be back competing with 2k. While it isn't that good, Live 16 provides an overall better experience than its two previous counterparts, with great visuals and great presentation, along with Ultimate Team, which is leaps and bounds better than 2k's MyTeam. Pro-Am and Live Run are great additions as well, along with solid customization, but there are definitely problems with the gameplay and other modes. The MyCareer is purely meh and the gameplay still feels clunky and unresponsive. However, Live 16 seems to put NBA Live back on the map and hopefully they can keep improving it to get it in direct competition with 2k. Expand
  7. Apr 4, 2017
    0
    As a non-gamer (one whose only background is arcade games 25 years ago) I thought a basketball game would be a fun time-waster. In stead it'sAs a non-gamer (one whose only background is arcade games 25 years ago) I thought a basketball game would be a fun time-waster. In stead it's a total waste of time. There are no instructions, help files apparently assume you already understand mysterious things like coins, collector cards (how do you collect anything essentially in a computer?), stamina, card packs, sets, "sniping", "level up" (no explanation what a "level" is) etc. Worse yet, after some difficult, barely explained control operation "tutorials" (that don't explain *why* you're doing them) you end up stuck in an endless loop of one dribble and shoot drill - select "play again" and you play again" - elect "continue" and...yep, you play again...against NOBODY. I still haven't found anything that resembles a game - or even a different drill. I got a bunch of things with player names and a team info "thing", some "coins" and I think another item - but I can't find them and can't use them. Oh, and player names are mostly so obscure even a rabid fan like me doesn't recognize most. After more than an hour screwing around aimlessly I searched the web - and there are NO beginner directions and no tutorial, plus ones by users all assume you understand games.. If you don't know much about modern games forget it. Expand

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