NBA Live 16 added to the EA Access Vault
With today's addition of NBA Live 16 to the EA Access Vault all the EA Sports games from 2015 are now included with the subscription service. While there won't be another NBA Live until maybe sometime next year - whether that even materializesÂ will remain to be seen - those on Xbox One can now play Live 16 in unlimited fashion as long as a subscription is active.
This is the fifth and final EA SportsÂ game from 2015 to reach the VaultÂ in EA Access. It follows Madden NFL 16 which was add...
Press Row Podcast: NBA Live in for another shake-up
EA Sports has been unable to recover from the attempted reboot of NBA Live as NBA Elite while at the same time seeing their competition flourish to become a juggernaut. It's been six years but the company has yet to produce a compelling quality product since that fiasco and in the process consumers have lost all confidence in the Live brand. The series can't escape its past.
Knowing that a shake-up was necessary EA yesterday confirmed the first report of Live being pushed back to 2017. ...
Next NBA Live delayed to 2017
The NBA Live series has struggled to regain its footing since the disaster of a reboot named NBA Elite 11, cancellation of NBA Live 13, and awful NBA Live 14. While the quality of the series has climbed back to being acceptable it simply isn't even a blip on the radar of consumers. The latest release, NBA Live 16, sold just 8K copies in its first week of release compared to NBA 2K16 which moved well over a million in the same amount of time.
It wasn't a question of if EA Sports would chan...
How should All-Star Weekend be improved in NBA video games?
While the NBA celebrated a sensational All-Star Weekend, the video games that represent the sport have failed to deliver consumers a similar experience. In a piece at Hit The Pass today the integration of All-Star events in NBA 2K16 and NBA Live 16 are evaluated. What hasn't been updated in years and what is missing?Â How can the Saturday night events and actual All-Star Game be changed to better reflect their real-life counterparts?
What would you like to see done with the events that ta...
Press Row Podcast: A Tale of Two Basketball Games
The latest Press Row Podcast focuses in on the NBA 2K16 and NBA Live 16. Discussion relates primarily to impressions of the 2K Pro-Am mode and the state of Live considering the dire straits it finds itself in due to miserable sales numbers.
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The future of NBA Live appears bleak
The news on NBA Live 16's abysmal sales has brought into greater focus the precarious position the series finds itself in now. With a brand that seems irreparably damaged, at some point EA Sports will be forced into the decision of shutting it down for good, or spinning it into something dramatically different than it is now.
With that in mind, Rich Grisham and I discuss the current situation for NBA Live, how it ended up in this place, considerations that the company has been and will be...
No one bought NBA Live 16
It was evident that NBA Live 16 was DOA as soon as it released. Activity numbers in the game were dreadful, and ever since even at peak hours there aren't more than 120 or so people connected and playing. While it's difficult to get any actual sales numbers these days we now have a true indication of just how poorly the game has done.Â (more…)...
Deals on recently released sports games
While the big deals won't come around until Black Friday in late November, there are already a few opportunities to grab games that are only a matter of weeks old at considerable discounts. Amazon has severalÂ for well under the $60 they were not too long ago and a promotion at Toys "R" Us is worth considering if in the market for more than one EA Sports game.
FIFA 16: $44 on Xbox One or $48 on PlayStation 4
Madden NFL 16: $45 on Xbox One or $49 on PlayStation 4
Pro Evolution So...