NBA Live 14 Review
PS4 | Xbox One
NBA Live 14 Box Art
System: PS4, Xbox One
Dev: EA Tiburon
Pub: EA Sports
Release: November 19, 2013
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

NBA Live 14’s Rising Star mode is your standard create-a-player mode, and it’s somewhat fun. It’s really not all that different from create-a-player modes we have seen in the past. Just make a star, get drafted, play some games, so on so forth. The mode is pretty punishing though: It seems like you are penalized more than you are rewarded for pretty much every action you take. The game docks you points for missing shots, which is kind of a crap shoot if you are doing anything but dunking. It also doesn’t reward you for good defense or other smart play outside of all-star highlight moments.

NBA Live 14 Screenshot

That’s not to say that the game can’t be fun at times. Granted, it’s not exactly the best simulation out there, but playing an insanely aggressive dunktastic game of basketball does bring back nostalgic memories of early-day NBA games on the SNES. In fact, NBA Live 14 does a lot better if you look at it as an arcade-style basketball game. The AI isn’t so great, but as a multiplayer game, you can squeeze a bit of enjoyment out of it.

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The problem is justifying an NBA Live 14 purchase when NBA 2K14 is on store shelves. As a newbie, I had fun with NBA 2k14, but I didn’t have nearly as much fun with NBA Live 14. I felt like it assumed I knew more about basketball and basketball video games than I actually did. It just dropped me into the deep end and asked me to figure it all out, and all I could really do was button mash and hope for the best. It’s a good foundation for a franchise that could prosper in the future--after all, I’ve been saying that sports games should use live updating stats via the Internet for years now--but at this very moment, it just pales in comparison to its competition.

By
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: November 26, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
NBA Live’s graphics are passable, but they are easily some of the worst we have seen on next-gen systems yet.
2.0
Control
It’s not that the controls themselves are bad, it’s that the game does nothing to teach you them.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The announcers talk with very generic voice quips, which can get annoying, but the rest of the sound design is competent enough.
4.0
Play Value
The idea of a sport game that uses live stat updates is thrilling. If only the rest of the game lived up to this promise.
3.0
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Revolutionizing the Dribble with BounceTek -- Revolutionary physics-based dribbling allows for complete, organic control and authentic responsiveness. Utilize a full suite of dribble moves to unleash ankle-breaking crossovers, hesitations, and more.
  • CourtQ Delivers Real Time NBA -- Leveraging live synergy Sports Technology data, NBA Live 14 is driven by over 70 player ratings, tendencies, and team stats updated every NBA game, ensuring that your game is always in-sync with the real NBA.
  • The Game That's Always New -- With fresh content and challenges updated on a daily basis, NBA Live 14 delivers a new experience each and every time you pick up the controller, delivering the pulse of the NBA 24/7/365.
  • Next Definition Visuals -- Four times the texture resolution, high-fidelity animations, and next-generation dynamic lighting allow NBA Live 14 to showcase every detail of your favorite NBA players, uniforms, and arenas to reveal stunning detail. All-new Faceposer technology brings each player's emotions and mannerisms to life letting you feel the highs and the lows of an NBA game.

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