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EA Sports Trainwreck

EA Sports was the most cringeworthy thing at E3 thus far


But it's still early in the week
Jun 15
// Jed Whitaker
This is an actual tweet from an actor hired to be "Tha Hoop Gawd" by EA to pretend to be a celebrity during its conference. This was approved by someone at EA. Tha Hoop Gawd came on the stage to demo the GameFace app for NBA...
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NBA Live 15

NBA Live 15 added to EA Vault


Kind of like when gramps gets shipped to a nursing home
Feb 24
// Robert Summa
Times have never been so low for those of us who love basketball and the games the sport inspires. While the NBA2K series may appear to be good enough for the majority, there is a growing minority that has become fed up with ...
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NBA

EA Sports commits to improving messy NBA Live 14


The joys of rushing for a console's launch
Nov 22
// Jordan Devore
NBA Live 14 marks the return of the series and people aren't feeling it. With a Metascore of 45 for the PlayStation 4 version, executive producer Sean O'Brien says it best: "I'm not going to lie; it's been a rough week. As yo...

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NBA Live 14

Nice moves: NBA Live 14 next-gen demo drops tomorrow


Alongside the global release
Nov 18
// Brett Makedonski
Feeling a bit hesitant about lacing up your high-top Nikes and returning to the virtual hardwood? It's tough to blame you; a lot can go wrong when you step on that virtual court. You might pull a virtual Kevin Ware and shatte...

NBA Live 14 fighting for relevancy

Nov 06 // Steven Hansen
NBA Live 14 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One [previewed])Developer: EA TiburonPublisher: Electronic ArtsRelease Date: November 19, 2013 Yes, unless you keep your Xbox One offline, in-game player stats are going to automatically change to reflect how the player is playing in our squishy meat space. If the'yre ice cold on the perimtere, that will be reflected. If they tweak an ankle and suddenly are less effective driving, that will be reflected in player performance. No more ranking czars arguing over who's an 81 and who's an 82. If your favorite player is stinking it up in real life, you might perpetuate your anger trying to play them in the virtual world.  EA will even be updating players with haircuts and shoe choice throughout the year. You can take advantage of this ability chronologically, in Live Season, but these player ratings also reflect in the standard Tip Off, which automatically suggests as the two teams your set favorite team and whomever they're playing that day. Aside from player performance, within hours of games NBA Live will offer "Big Moments," challenges that can last, "from ten seconds to a whole game" and reflect real life situations. Madden Moments, basically, but playable within hours of the moments occurring in real life. NBA Rewind act as snapshots of history. In it, you can play all the games of last season with all the correct player personnel and stats variance as if the new ratings system had been implemented then. The individual game situations of this season will be recorded, too, and playable. If your team loses a key player halfway through the season, you can always go back and play games from the first half of the season instead of facing your problems. When the season ends, player ratings will freeze as a sort of snapshot of where the teams are at that point, but you can always go back and relive better parts of the season. Teams that continue into the playoffs may get additional daily challenges as well. Other game modes will be available, including Rising Star, Dynasty (up to 30 years as a General Manager), and various head to head options (quick play, full seasons, best of seven series). The awful Ultimate Team idea is jumping ship from other EA Sports properties as well.  Full defensive coaching options are available for the first time in the series and the soundtrack will also see periodic additions throughout the year. The latter is kind of great news. Sports game soundtracks get stale with a quickness. Let's not forget television, however! NBA Live 14 features ESPN broadcast integration. Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy provide play calling while Jalen Rose acts as the studio and game host. Rose will also serve as host of a weekly update program, "discussing all the latest NBA news, roster moves and biggest performances of the week." This includes commenting on the top NBA Live 14 players -- those who perform best on the daily challenges, and so on. I feel so bad for former NBA star Jalen Rose having to sit there and praise nOsCoPeKiLlaHx420 for his NBA Live 14 skills.  I didn't have enough hands-on time to sufficiently weigh NBA Live 14, particularly against its fabulous counterpart, NBA 2k 14, but Live feels a heck of a lot better than it ever did. The next console generation has greatly opened up ball physics, firm footwork. The ability to chain moves while dribbling (star players have signature moves) without ever being stuck in an animation isn't a stunning leap, but it feels a lot better than past iterations in the franchise.
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Playing the revived series for the first time and on Xbox One
Sports, television, videogames. NBA Live 14 is the Xbox One trifecta. The NBA Live series has long been dormant, finally reviving itself on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this month.  The key word I kept hearing was "relevan...

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NBA Live trailer

Such smooth armpits! NBA Live 14 gameplay trailer


Coming out in November on nothing but next gen hardware
Oct 18
// Steven Hansen
Oh my gosh. Looks at those players' armpits. It's like an uncanny armpit valley. They look like Stretch Armstrongs or those sex dolls people date and think are real. Yes, the NBA Live series lives. NBA Live 14 is coming to P...

NBA Live lives, coming to PS4 and Xbox One

Jun 13 // Steven Hansen
Shooting around with Irving felt solid. The game features EA's Ignite Engine for the physics and though there wasn't any player on player contact, simply dribbling around felt well grounded and tactile. Mapped to the right analog stick was a a sensible series of moves -- up to stutter step, back to dribble behind the back, and so on. In addition to these moves, star players will have unique, special move sets activated by holding L1 in concert with left analog flicks. All the moves can be linked and you can turn up into a shot at any moment rather than getting yourself stuck in a fancy animation. Shooting itself at this time didn't seem to go beyond holding square and praying. I tried to time shots as NBA 2K has gotten me accustom to and it didn't appear to make a difference. NBA Live 14 is still a ways out, but competition is what drives sports games to be good, so hopefully EA can turn this once yearly franchise back into a solid product that can go one on one with NBA 2K.
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EA lacing up its kicks next year with long dormant franchise
NBA Elite 11 got cancelled once upon a time, dramatically close to its expected release. Fast forward a few years. EA tried to get back in the simulation basketball game with NBA Live 13, but it too got canned due to "quality...

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NBA Live 14 redefines dribbling with bounceTek


bounceTek? Really?
Jun 10
// Jason Cabral
I have been known to shoot some b-ball, usually outside of my school, so long as no one starts making trouble in my neighbourhood. That being said, I have played a fair bit of Basketball videogames too, and as foolish as boun...
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Electronic Arts

Expect new games from EA Sports, BioWare, and DICE at E3


Darn you, non-disclosure agreements!
May 07
// Jordan Devore
During an investor call today, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau briefly discussed the company's plans for E3 2013. As expected, June is going to be a big month for the new home consoles. "Regarding next generation consoles, w...
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NBA Live 13 canceled, new title coming next year


EA Sports cites quality concerns
Sep 27
// Jordan Devore
It seemed pretty crazy to me that a high-profile release like NBA Elite 11 would get canceled so close to its launch date. I suppose the decision must have been the right one -- or at least not so disastrous that it could not...
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EA Sports returning to Live brand: NBA Live 13 this fall


Feb 23
// Samit Sarkar
Above is a smartphone photo of Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (right) taken a few hours ago. He was playing an early build of the EA Tiburon-developed return of EA Sports' basketball franchise. EA hadn't officia...

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