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NBA Live 16

Electronic Arts
Sep 29, 2015 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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Critics Recommend

6 / 10
Game Informer
6.5 / 10
5 / 10
Game Revolution
3.5 / 5
Attack of the Fanboy
3.5 / 5
72 / 100
PlayStation Universe
4.5 / 10
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NBA LIVE 16| Official E3 First Look Trailer | PS4, Xbox One

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Critic Reviews for NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16 can only go so far with clumsy controls holding it back.

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With no standout modes to differentiate between the competition, NBA Live 16 still is a game without an audience

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NBA Live 16 takes incremental steps forward in ball control and online functionality, but its underdeveloped modes and inconsistent mechanics make it a chore to play.

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NBA Live 16 is made to feel accessible and simple. At least that's what the structure caters to. From in-game learning help to player development, it's all mostly basic. With this pause in progress, it will be interesting to see if Live will be able to rebound from a supposed "beating" it's looking to take once NBA 2K is released the same day.

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NBA Live 16 makes a number of well implemented adjustments to the gameplay, but the lack of completely new game modes, or even major additions to the existing ones, prevent NBA Live 16 from being a real slam dunk.

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The franchise is still on the comeback trail and may not overtake 2K's juggernaut for a couple more years but the gains this year are significant and the franchise is clearly trending upwards

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There's not much positive to NBA Live 16 apart from the unique menus and the well-conceived game modes. Gameplay is borderline crippling, leaving the final product on the whole incomplete. Uneven growth keeps this year's outing from being justifiably on anyone's radar.

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NBA Live 16 has a few new modes and features that help elevate it above last year's offering, but that's practically a footnote when you consider how the game flubs some of its basic controls and AI.

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