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EA drops NBA Live, renames franchise NBA Elite

June 2, 2010

In other basketball video game news, EA officially announced the end of the NBA Live franchise and the conception of its new NBA franchise, NBA Elite — scheduled to make its first attack toward the rim this October with NBA Elite 2011. The game will feature “an all-new technology base, a new control scheme and a real-time physics system.”

Supposedly out the window are the predetermined animations and the “randomly generated dice roll” shooting, replaced with “one-to-one responsiveness” and a skill-based shooting system. Sounds great on paper, but let’s see how it actually plays at E3 (if EA even plans on showing us the game at E3).

The news came the same day 2K Sports announced Michael Jordan as the cover athlete for NBA 2K11. I wonder who EA has behind the curtain who can take His Airness down in the obvious marketing advantage 2K now has.

As far as the re-imagining of the franchise goes, all I can say is: Thank goodness.

The NBA Live series hadn’t been good since, like, what? When Tim Hardaway was on the cover in 1998? Once 2K hit the scene, I (and many other gamers) found the Live series lacking a certain umph — an umph the 2K series delivered with nicer visuals, better physics and just better, more realistic gameplay. Of course, 2K was nowhere (and still isn’t) near perfect, but it’s miles ahead of what EA delivered with Live every year.

Here’s hoping you finally turn it around, EA. Give those guys at 2K something to compete against!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Justin McQueen permalink
    June 8, 2010 4:03 am

    I’ve been a NBA live fan since 96, and thought I would stay one, even after playing 2k10 last year but with the news of Micheal Jordan gracing the cover of 2k11 and just that the game is way ahead of NBA live I just might have to change my alliance sorry EA but I’m a gamer and without a challange it’s no fun NBA 2k here I come

  2. fiz permalink
    June 8, 2010 11:22 am

    live will still suck d*ck

  3. Jonathan Davila permalink*
    June 8, 2010 2:46 pm

    Whoah, Justin!

    Michael Jordan on the cover does not equal a superior game. It definitely gives 2K a marketing edge, though. You are right that the Live series hasn’t been great in recent years, but that should be your reason for jumping ship — not just MJ on the cover!

    And fiz…

    Hi.

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