Quantcast
NBA Live 14 fighting for relevancy - Destructoid




NBA Live 14  




NBA Live 14 fighting for relevancy photo
NBA Live 14 fighting for relevancy

12:30 PM on 11.06.2013

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 "relevancy," which is appropriate. It's something the series needs to regain. EA's ambitions, however, are not to just make a basketball that can compete with 2K at a fundamental level.

Leveraging a partnership with Synergy Sports, NBA Live boasts a constantly evolving game that will reflect the real life NBA season with hours of actual games being played. Really living up to the Live name, I guess.

Oh, and there's a TV show.

NBA Live 14 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One [previewed])
Developer: EA Tiburon
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release 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.








Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.





timeline following:
NBA Live 14



8:30 PM on 11.22.2013
EA Sports commits to improving messy NBA Live 14

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...more



6:15 PM on 11.18.2013
Nice moves: NBA Live 14 next-gen demo drops tomorrow

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...more



4:45 PM on 10.18.2013
Such smooth armpits! NBA Live 14 gameplay trailer

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...more



4:45 PM on 10.14.2013
Whose screenshot is more next-gen, NBA 2k14 or NBA Live?

Today, NBA 2k14 released its first next-gen screenshot, featuring Lebron James. That is screenshot. Singular. I think NBA Live 14 is winning the next gen race, though, because it released its one screenshot almost a month ago. At least show some gamesmanship and one up them, 2K. Release two (k) screenshots.  Anyways, they are both attached. Which one looks more next gen?more



11:42 AM on 06.13.2013
NBA Live lives, coming to PS4 and Xbox One

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...more



3:52 PM on 06.10.2013
NBA Live 14 redefines dribbling with bounceTek

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...more




e3

2:30 PM on 07.01.2014
Evolve, No Man's Sky win big at the E3 Game Critics Awards

The Game Critics Awards for E3 2014, as determined by 29 media outlets including Destructoid, have been announced. After seeing the nominations, it's no surprise that Turtle Rock's one-versus-four multiplayer shooter Evolve c...more



2:00 PM on 06.28.2014
Hollywood loves the E3 trailer for Metal Gear Solid V

It should go without saying that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain had a great showing at E3. Not only was the official trailer a stellar piece of work, and a big indication of how grim the game will be, but the 30-minute ...more



5:15 PM on 06.25.2014
Photo realistic cat heads in Wii U's The Devil's Third

It's weird clicking a mature content warning on a video on Nintendo's YouTube with Mario staring innocently at me. But the collaboration between Itagaki and Nintendo for The Devil's Third, revived as a Wii U exclusive, is we...more



View all e3






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more