After allowing NBA 2K to gain a stronghold on the basketball video game market over the recent years, NBA Live is on a mission to regain some traction in the market. While NBA Live 14 was an admittedly subpar offering, EA Sports is hoping that NBA Live 15 will be a vast improvement. As the October 7th release date approaches, NBA Live 15 is making headlines with a variety news items.
Trail Blazer Receives Video Game Cover Honor
Portland Trail Blazer and All-Star point guard, Damian Lillard was recently revealed as the cover athlete for the upcoming NBA Live 15 game. Lillard, the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year, is coming off an improved second NBA season in which he averaged 20.7 points and 5.6 assists per game and helped lead the Blazers to the playoffs. Blazers fans will long remember Lilliard’s game-winning three-point buzzer beater to clinch the playoff series victory over the Houston Rockets.
The news came shortly after Lillard was cut from the 2014 Team USA roster that is currently competing in the FIBA World Cup.
Lillard is the second straight All-Star point guard to grace the cover of the NBA Live video game. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving graced the cover of NBA Live 14 after also winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award 2012) and making his first All-Star appearance in his second year (2013).
Gameplay Trailer Released
In response to the release of the NBA 2K15 trailer, NBA Live 15 then released their trailer (included above) to give fans a first look at the game’s graphics and gameplay. As expected, the trailer, set to 2 Chainz’s “I’m Different”, prominently featured cover athlete, Damian Lillard. Lillard also participated in motion capture sessions for the new game and provided input of some of the game’s features as well.
At first glance, the graphics in NBA Live 15 are a vast improvement over NBA Live 14 and may have closed the overwhelming comparison gap to NBA 2K15. If the game modes and features are equally as improved, NBA Live 15 may be able to give NBA 2K15 a run for its money.
Competition With NBA 2K15
NBA Live and NBA 2K have made their competition no secret. After EA Sports’ lackluster NBA Live 14, the divide between the two games seemed to be larger than ever. However, with the recent release of the gameplay trailers for both games the divide between the two games may have greatly diminished. You can visit this article to compare both games side-by-side. Both games are set to be released on the same day, October 7.
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