EA acknowledges mistakes in last year’s game, vows to wow in 15.
Will the NBA Live series ever reclaim the glory it had at the beginning of the millennium? It’s a question that’s been asked by gamers for years.
With over 500 “core” gameplay tweaks present in the upcoming “NBA Live 15,” the development team at Electronic Arts expects a much-better game of roundball this year. Last month, EA went as far to admit that NBA Live 14’s five-on-five gameplay was lackluster and that the visuals, in spite of being powered by the company’s new IGNITE engine, fell short of next generation expectations.
The game got such poor reception that it had to be patched for visual and gameplay fixes in February. Today, video game store Gamestop sells used copies of the game for under $10, while it’s competition, “NBA 2K14,” sells for $34.99.
To continue the healing process, Sean O’Brien, Executive Producer for "NBA LIVE 15," even wrote an open letter to gamers telling them that they’ll get a better game this year.
“We’ve also seen some great progress with gameplay that makes the experience more realistic and, most importantly, more fun with a much better overall flow,” O’Brien said in his open-letter on EA Sports’ website this past June. “We want teams to play just like their real-world counterparts, and to that end we’ve spent a lot of time this season talking with NBA coaches to better understand their schemes and philosophies, which we can then implement in-game. Another equally important area of focus is improving flow and responsiveness in every area where you touch the ball, and we feel that shooting, passing and dribbling all feel much better this year.”
“NBA Live 15” is set for an October 9 release on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
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