HOLY CRAP THIS IS THE WORST BASKETBALL GAME EVER MADE!
Ok, now that I got that out of the way, let me explain why. Lets start off with the big new feature, DNA NBA 365 24/7. I don't know what it is called actually, and I don't really care. Basically what it does is it takes real world stats of NBA players and uploads them into the game to make the game play more realistic. But the season doesn't start for another month, so this feature is useless. Also, I got this game from GameFly, and you have to enter a code from the instruction book to use the DNA thing. So I'm screwed. If you rent it or buy it used, there is an option to buy it from Marketplace. I haven't checked the price because I don't care. The feature should be included on the disc no matter what. Fucking cheap bastards. I can still cuss on Dtoid right? Because this game pisses me off so much.
I want to discuss a serious issue with all of you, retarded AI players. This is a terrible issue in our society, and if we don't do anything about it, children will riot in the streets. Do you want children rioting, having sex with hookers? I thought not. In all seriousness, the AI in this game is the stupidest fucking assholes I've ever seen in any game. They are worse than your squad mates from Halo 3 when they try to drive the Warthog. Hell, the AI in NBA Live make those guys look like geniuses. I just got done playing a game where I ran a set play that had the ball passed the wing, then the low post sets a pick, and rolls to the basket, right? A very simple, middle school level basketball play, but effective for all levels of basketball if run right. The play looks like it is going to run beautifully, the post sets a great pick, I dribble to the top of the key, and I get ready to pass the ball down low because the post is wide open. I mean, the closest person to him was the guy sitting in the front row of the crowd. All of a sudden, the post decides it would be a good idea to cut back to the middle of the lane, and I pass it because I figured he would keep cutting towards the basket. Hey, there goes the other team for a lay-up. On defense, they could have just programmed the players to stand in place and whack off all game, because they may be more effective then what they do now.
Lets see, what else is there? Oh yeah, the passing. Like one of the most important parts of the game. Like coach always says, "Passing the ball advances the ball up the floor quicker than dribbling." So you would think, "Hey, maybe EA would get this aspect of the game right because it is pretty important." Well sir, you are wrong. Completely wrong. Imagine trying to pass the ball while tripping acid at a carnival, with evil clowns. Ok, maybe that is a bad example, but that is how it feels to me. To pass it, you press the A button. Very simple. But who you pass to is a completely different story. There is a gray target underneath the player you are passing to. The awesome thing is that since the target is gray, it is hard to see. YAY! Also, you would think that the game would recognize that you maybe want to pass it to the closest guy to you. I mean if you are on the left wing, and there is a post player on the low block and a shooting guard at the top of the key, you would think that the game would know that if you pointed the stick towards the post man, the player would pass there, or vice versa. Well, once again, you are an asshole. The game thinks it is a good idea to pass the ball to the other side of the floor, right through the defense. For those who have played basketball, or have watched a game before, you would know that you can't make a chest pass through the lane if the defense is there. But NBA Live thinks that you can do that. Another example of shitty passing was when I was working on alley oops. I was practicing a 3 on 2 fast break, working on my alley oops. I passed it to the left wing, and the point guard went to the right, while the right wing cut to the lane. I was thinking, awesome, that is usually how that goes down. Well the point guard cuts to the corner, and I try to lob a pass to the right winger for an alley oop, but my guy throws an alley oop to the player in the corner. I was royally pissed.
So those are the three main things I wanted to talk about. Lets talk more basic things. The animation is really hit and miss. Sometimes, the animation does look great, with players moving realistically and fluid. Other times, it looks like your players are playing a basketball game on quick sand. Why the hell does it take over a second for my guy to start sprinting when I hold down the sprint button? I'll see a big hole, hit the sprint button, but by the time his feet get moving, a defender is there. The same applies to jumping. Good luck blocking shots, or rebounding for that matter. I don't understand what EA is thinking. I get the whole thing about making the players feel like they have weight and aren't skating on the basketball court, but the way the implement it makes the game not fun. The physics in this game are terrible. How come I can't shoot the ball normally while dribbling? I was playing a game yesterday with the Mavericks, and I was dribbling to the left with Dirk. I pulled up to shoot, and Dirk starts fading away to the left. I thought maybe I was holding down the sprint button, which would sense why he didn't square up and shoot. So I tried it again, making sure my finger was off the sprint button. He did the exact same time. Fuck you EA. Did you ever realize that I might want my player to square up after dribbling. The graphics are once again, hit or miss. Some of the big name players look amazing. Other players look like hell. The presentation is alright. The cutscenes look decent if the players look decent. If they zoom in on one of the players that look like crap, it ruins the experience. I tried my luck at the dunk contest. Holy shit, that thing is broken. I swear every time the game switches up the timing. It is so confusing. One button takes off, another does the trick, you have to take off in the right spot, hold the button long enough, but not too long! I think in the four dunk contests I was a part of, I got 2 dunks in for 38 points.
My main gripe about this game is the gameplay though. It is not realistic at all. I can't figure out how to get into a defensive stance. If you hold the right joystick down, your defender turns his back to the player. I don't understand how sometimes a player will make a turn-around-fade-away-three-pointer with a defender in his face, but won't make a wide open three when there is no one around. Another flaw in the game is the pick and roll mechanic. It can't be stopped. No matter how many people are between you and the player rolling to the goal, the pass always gets through for an easy lay-up. Also, when you call a pick, the only person you can pass to for about five seconds is the guy setting the pick. So if he isn't open, you have to dribble around until the icon above his head disappears. To me, this game feels broken. This is by far the worst basketball game I've ever played, maybe worst sports game ever. Here is a little message to EA: Stop sucking on T-Mobile's, Adidas's, and Sprite's dick and make your game better. I thought NBA Live was getting better, but it is getting worse with every version. I need to get my hands on NBA 2K9 now, I need to play a good basketball game.
If I was to give this game a score, it would probably be a 3/10. The only thing going for it is the occasional animation that looks good, and the player models that look great. Having to into a code to use your biggest feature is so stupid. I seriously can't tell you how stupid it is. I understand that for the first year it is free for people who bought the game, but why not just put the feature on the disc, then when NBA Live 2010 comes out, charge people for DNA if they still want to play 09. EA, you need to fix your physics, passing, defense, and the entire gameplay. Also, get rid of the dunk contest you have now and make a brand new one. EA, you need to get your shit together. Every year 2K makes a basketball game that is better than the year before, and yours gets worse. Good luck next year, EA. If you don't make a good NBA game next year, I have a feeling you are going to lose a large percentage of your fanbase. Come on Peter Moore, you are better than that. I know basketball isn't popular where you are from, but this is just plain ridiculous. If anyone is thinking about picking up a NBA game, don't get Live 09. Even thought I haven't played 2K9 yet, I already know that it is better than this piece of squirrel shit.
I feel bad for whoever has to review this for Dtoid.
I love football. Not the American gridiron game, but real football. The game that "sissy's" play with no padding on, colliding into each other, using only their feet, trying to shoot a ball into a net. You know, REAL football. So it is no surprise that I enjoy football games, particularly EA's FIFA series. Since this generation started, the FIFA series has been getting better and better. FIFA '07 was the first FIFA game to use real ball physics. FIFA '08 was the first FIFA game to feature Be A Pro mode. But those two games in the series have nothing on the new game, FIFA '09. This is by far the best FIFA game I've ever played.
During production, the FIFA team made a list of over 250 improvements they wanted to add to the game. These include a new jostling system, greater urgency to off-ball running, better responsiveness, and a new collision system. Let me start with the better responsiveness. Every year, the one big complaint that gamers have with the game is the responsiveness of the game. Well they have definitely fixed that issue in this game. In one of my first matches, I was racing down the sideline, getting ready to cross it towards the goal box. In previous versions of FIFA, it took a few steps for the player to get control of the ball and cross it if you were going at full speed. But in FIFA '09, right when I let go of the sprint button, he slowed down and got control of the ball. I was stunned.
The new jostling system is pretty awesome as well. It is easier to get the ball away from attackers now if the person you are controlling is good at jostling. If not, its neat to see the players running down the sideline pushing each other trying to win the ball. This sort of ties into the new collision system, which looks fantastic. The collisions look very realistic. This one time I was trying to pass the ball, and a defender came from my side and knocked the ball loose. He was a bigger guy, and when I tried to keep on going, he put his shoulder into me and I just fell straight on my back. It was really cool.
EA has also worked on the animation across the entire field. One area that I especially like is the new header animations. They look a lot more realistic than they have in the past. You have guys climbing on other guy's shoulders, and people flying in to get the ball. Mix that with the new collision system and you have some awesome mid-air collisions. I remember specifically this one time I went for a header and I got knocked down. My player just sat on the ground pouting because the opponent didn't get a foul. It was awesome.
FIFA '09 is great. It definitely feels like a great improvement over last years version. The graphics have been upgraded as well. Players look even more realistic. Also, there is a neat transition from the main menu arena to the pitch. If you have played the demo, you know what I'm talking about. My only complaint so far: how come the UK gets a really cool cover, and the US gets a shitty cover? I want Rooney on my cover. Check out what I'm talking about below. Anyway, if you like football, go play the demo. If you don't like football, well you are a tool.
While watching GameSpot's coverage of E3, I got to see demos of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and EndWar. I've been very excited for Force Unleashed, but after seeing this demo, I think that I'm gonna be playing this game all the time. There are some really cool things that I saw, like the Apprentice blocking a blaster shot with his left hand, like Vader. Also, they have a combo called the Jawa Punt! It was incredible. You fucking punt a Jawa. Even if the game was shit, I would buy it for the Jawa Punt. Basically, this game is going to rock.
I also was extremely impressed with EndWar. If you don't know what EndWar is, it is a RTS coming out from Ubisoft that has the Tom Clancy name. The game is set during World War 3, and is basically the end of the world. The neat thing about the game is you can use a headset and give commands instead of using a game controller. I know many of you are thinking that games that offered voice commands in the past didn't work well, and thats how I felt when I heard about EndWar. But after seeing the demo, it looks like it has a great voice recognition system. The guy playing it was just talking normally, not emphasizing words or pitches. He was just talking naturally. The game recognized every command that he gave, and there was just a split second between him giving the commands and the soldiers carrying out the commands. Here is the video from the EndWar demo.
Did anyone see these demos? What did you think of them?
For some reason, Lucasarts decided to release the launch trailer for the upcoming Star Wars game. I found this kind of weird considering the game is over two months away, and game companies usually don't release launch trailers until a week before the game comes out, or in some cases after the game comes out. Regardless of what other developers do, this game looks so freaking amazing. Not only are graphics incredible, the story and voice-acting look great. That digital apprentice is exponentially better at acting than whiny Hayden Christanson (or however the hell you spell his name). I was excited for this game, but after seeing this trailer, this is the game I am most excited about for this year. Lightsaber duel with Vader FTW! What do you guys think about the trailer? I would recommend watching it in hi-def goodness on GameTrailers site.
A few months ago, Pandemic announced they were working on a Lord of the Rings game that was the same style as the Star Wars: Battlefront games. Over the weekend, the first trailer for the game was released. I have mixed feelings about the game right now. I'm a huge LOTR fan, and I really liked the games based on the movies. I'm excited to be able to play the big battles from the books and movies from the every-day soldier perspective. I'm also excited to be play as Uruk-hai and Trolls. But right now the graphics and animation look a little bland. There are some areas of the game that look fantastic. Some shots of the battlefield look spectacular. But then there are some areas that look like graphics from the PS2. The game is supposed to be released before the end of the year, and from just a first glance at the game, it looks like they have a lot of work. I have confidence in the team though. I really enjoyed the Battlefront games. Here is the trailer.
I'm excited to be able to take down Oilphants. That will be sweet. Also, who doesn't want to walk around as an Ent and throw enemies across the map? And it is confirmed that you will be able to play as Sauron himself. Hell yes! What do you guys think?
I didn't see anyone post this yet, so I thought that I would post it real quick. I think most of Dtoid is kind of "meh" towards this game. The set-list still looks decent. I like the inclusion of STP, even though that same song is part of the DLC on Rock Band. I am also glad to see they have the original version of "Walk This Way" in the game. I don't care much for the Run-D.M.C. version. I was scared that they wouldn't put the original version in the game, and I thought that would be a bad move. Anyway, here is the set-list for Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.
Tier 1: “Getting the Band Together” (Nipmuc High School)
1. “All the Young Dudes” by Mott the Hoople (cover)
2. “Draw the Line” by Aerosmith
3. “Dream Police” by Cheap Trick
4. “Make It” by Aerosmith (re-recorded)
5. “Uncle Salty” by Aerosmith
Tier 2: “First Taste of Success” (Max’s Kansas City)
6. “All Day and All of the Night” by The Kinks (cover)
7. “I Hate Myself for Loving You” by Joan Jett
8. “Movin’ Out” by Aerosmith (re-recorded)
9. “No Surprize” by Aerosmith
10. “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith
Tier 3: “The Triumphant Return” (The Orpheum)
11. “Complete Control” by The Clash
12. “Livin’ on the Edge” by Aerosmith
13. “Love in an Elevator” by Aerosmith
14. “Personality Crisis” by New York Dolls (cover)
15. “Rag Doll” by Aerosmith
Tier 4: “International Superstars” (Moscow)
16. “Bright Light Fright” by Aerosmith
17. “King of Rock” by Run-D.M.C.
18. “Nobody’s Fault” by Aerosmith
19. “She Sells Sanctuary” by The Cult
20. “Walk This Way” by Run-D.M.C. featuring Aerosmith
Tier 5: “The Great American Band” (Half Time Show)
21. “Always on the Run” by Lenny Kravitz
22. “Back in the Saddle” by Aerosmith
23. “Beyond Beautiful” by Aerosmith
24. “Dream On” by Aerosmith (re-recorded)
25. “Hard to Handle” by The Black Crowes (cover)
Tier 6: “Rock N Roll Legends” (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)
26. “Cat Scratch Fever” by Ted Nugent
27. “Mama Kin” by Aerosmith (re-recorded)
28. “Sex Type Thing” by Stone Temple Pilots
29. “Toys In The Attic” by Aerosmith
30. “Train Kept A Rollin” by Aerosmith
31. “Guitar Battle vs Joe Perry” by Joe Perry
Bonus Songs (The Vault)
32. “Combination” by Aerosmith
33. “Kings and Queens” by Aerosmith
34. “Let The Music Do The Talking” by Aerosmith
35. “Mercy” by Joe Perry
36. “Pandora’s Box” by Aerosmith
37. “Pink” by Aerosmith
38. “Rats In The Cellar” by Aerosmith
39. “Shakin’ My Cage” by Joe Perry
40. “Talk Talkin” by Joe Perry
41. “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith