Percentile Rank

NBA Live 16 is ranked in the 18th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 25 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

60

Top Critic Average

4%

Critics Recommend

Based on 25 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameZone
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 1, 2015

While NBA Live 16 is a step forward in some areas, it's still hard to recommend over other basketball video games on the market. Until gameplay doesn't feel so stiff, NBA Live will feel like an 8th seed in the Eastern Conference -- in on the action, but not much hope to advance in the playoffs.

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Scored Reviews

COGconnected
72 / 100
72 / 100
Sep 28, 2015

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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The Outerhaven Productions
Sep 30, 2015

While it still has a ways to go in terms of being THE basketball sim, NBA Live 16 has made the necessary strides to at least be competitive against NBA 2K in the market.

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Cheat Code Central
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 29, 2015

Needless to say, NBA Live 16 has a lot of promise but only comes in a little bit above average at its current state. Hopefully EA Sports provides gamers with an October patch or else the game will fall well below the ranks of its highly touted expectations.

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Game Revolution
Sep 29, 2015

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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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 28, 2015

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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Digital Chumps
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2015

If you can tolerate the rough patches in presentation and gameplay, you can find a bit of quirky, arcade style fun in Live 16.

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EGM
6.5 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2015

NBA Live 16 takes a small baby step forward with the franchise, but there are still core gameplay elements that need to be smoothed out before it can be a championship caliber game.

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Game Informer
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2015

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

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New Game Network
64 / 100
64 / 100
Oct 5, 2015

NBA Live 16 continues to improve the franchise, but given the poor starting point a few years ago, that's not saying much.

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PSX Extreme
6.2 / 10.0
6.2 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2015

NBA Live 16 isn't a very good game but at least the series is moving forward, albeit slowly. The technical aspects are definitely the highlight, as the graphics are actually quite good and the music and sound effects add great flavor. The modes aren't a problem, either, because you've got a nice variety here.

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Worth Playing
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2015

Compared to last year's iteration, NBA Live 16 is merely a slight improvement compared to that game's larger overhaul. Though the other modes have received little to no attention this time, the inclusion of Pro-Am injects some fun into the series. The presentation is fine, but the flaws are becoming more apparent as some elements remain unchanged. The gameplay still needs some work, especially on the defensive side, but at least those who lean toward offensive play have a few new weapons in their arsenal. The series still isn't a real competitor to the other basketball series, but the potential is there. How long it'll take before it reaches that potential remains to be seen, especially since we expected that to occur in this year's version.

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IGN
6 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2015

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

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Hardcore Gamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Sep 29, 2015

[W]hat we're left with is a solid game of basketball with meat and potatoes features. It doesn't hold up to NBA 2k16 and doesn't do enough to be the breakthrough the series needed. That being said, EA Tiburon is on the right track and if they spend the next year truly fine-tuning the mechanics and coming up with a dazzling career mode, this could be the penultimate chapter before the Live takeover.

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Examiner
Sep 29, 2015

There are flashes of greatness in Pro-Am and Rising Star, as well as deep customization and unlocks available, but they can't mount a comeback in the fourth for this one.

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Operation Sports
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2015

Far from greatness, but now also far from being bad. An above average NBA experience, worthy of a discounted look eventually.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Oct 8, 2015

NBA Live 16 has a lot of really solid pieces that are starting to come together. These disparate parts still need smoothing out and the game itself still has room to improve, but those looking for a more arcade-like NBA experience with a variety of modes should enjoy what the game has to offer.

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ActionTrip
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2015

Much to our chagrin, EA Sports has once again proven that they can't make a quality basketball game. Like the Toronto Raptors, it is hard not to speculate how much more of a beating NBA Live can take before they just throw in the towel permanently. Hopefully the answer to that question is never, but they still have a seemingly insurmountable amount of ground to make up in order to even be competitive.

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GameCrate
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2015

The gameplay is fundamentally flawed, mainly with the inaccuracy of the AI and shooting system, and the presentation needs sprucing up, especially in terms of commentary. With a lot more effort in these departments, EA Sports just might pull off a contender. Or, hey, maybe it's just time to bring back NBA Street and stick with what works.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2015

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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CGMagazine
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2015

Overall, NBA Live 2016 is another sports game. I did have fun while I was playing it; however, it seemed like there was a serious barrier between my understanding of basketball and how much fun I could have. Serious basketball fans will no doubt enjoy it, but if you're not a serious basketball fan, while it might make a decent game for when you have friends over, I think Mario Party would do the exact same thing.

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GameSpot
5 / 10
5 / 10
Oct 13, 2015

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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We Got This Covered
Sep 29, 2015

NBA Live 16 is nice-looking and features some interesting modes, but sluggish and problematic gameplay prevents it from being up to par.

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PlayStation Universe
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2015

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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games(TM)
4 / 10
4 / 10
Dec 16, 2015

Nowhere near the level of 2K's NBA productions

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