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So, EA Sports Is Not Giving Up on This NBA Live Lark on PS4

Posted by Sammy Barker

Publisher's got balls

This author will openly admit that he doesn’t know his basketball from his netball, but that doesn’t mean that the sport isn’t all the rage in various parts of the world. It’s little wonder, then, that EA Sports is still eager to muscle its way into the slam dunking space with NBA Live 15 for the PlayStation 4 – the sequel to the publisher’s critically challenged next-gen launch title, er, NBA Live 14.

Considering that the developer virtually apologised to consumers for the awful state of the previous release, it’s going to need a serious overhaul if it wants this edition to compete with the more established NBA 2K15. Fortunately, executive producer Sean O’Brien has spent the best part of his day talking up all kinds of cool improvements on the EA Sports Blog.

These include refined player models and lighting, which will allow you to observe every line on all-star Kobe Bryant’s perfect jaw. Fundamentally, the gameplay has also been tuned, providing matches with a much more realistic flow. To be fair to the developer, it has been quite candid about the flaws found in its previous outing, and what it’s done to improve them.

It’s probably going to be a while before EA Sports gets this brand back on track, but there was a time when FIFA was in a different league to PES, and now it’s comfortably at the top of the Premier League. With the endless financial resources available to the Redwood firm, 2K Games is going to have to make sure that it doesn’t drop the ball. See what we did there?


User Comments (6)



Splat said:

Give it up EA! 2K is owning you... It's a shame EA are the only ones that are allowed to make NFL games because 2K would own them at that too.



get2sammyb said:

@Splat True, but it is worth remembering that Konami was kicking EA's ass with PES, and FIFA really turned it around last generation. Strange things happen sometimes.



Gamer83 said:

Unless 2K just starts sh*tting the bed for no reason at all, I can't see Live ever coming back. Doesn't mean it can't be a good series again, but like baseball fans now associate The Show with that sport, I think the same is true of basketball and 2K. At least for EA it still has the cash cows that are Fifa, Madden and to lesser degree NHL. Rather than focus on Live at all I'd like EA to get Madden games back to what they once were but it is what it is.



Madd_Hatter401 said:

They wont give up and thats because 2K will be making fantastic NFL games possibly starting this year with NFL 2K15 EA will try to compete with its NBA title and fail and may loose its NFL fanbase if they don't straighten up and actually make changes. I am hoping for and fully expect a NFL 2K announcement this E3 with EAs horrible NFL license expired.



Swinkel said:

I for one am looking forward to NBA Live 15. Even though NBA2K14 looks good and plays well I was very dissapointed that I could not play MyGM or MyTeam with a friend using 2 controllers on the PS4. A sports game made for single player only! They should change their name to 1K... I just hope NBA Live does support local multiplayer, but I'm confident it will

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