NBA Live 15
Top Critic Average
Don't let the improved looks fool you – NBA Live 15's good ideas are all stifled by poor gameplay fundamentals.
After several years in the wilderness, NBA Live is back and it means business. While it's not yet ready to take on its 2K rival, Live is a fun game of basketball that's easy to pick and play.
Improvements on the court are hindered by the lack of compelling modes
At least it no longer plays or looks like an experiment gone wrong.
NBA Live 15 is a step in the right direction, but that still doesn't make it a good basketball game.
NBA Live 15 makes some key improvements, but this franchise still doesn't feel quite ready for prime time.
This year's installment isn't the most polished basketball title or even the best hoops title in general. But it's absolutely safe to say NBA Live has returned and will be sticking around as a contender, as long as it continues to take these positive dribbles forward.
While it's a big improvement over last year and a clear step in the right direction, NBA Live 15 forgets that basketball is a team sport. Dunks are overpowered, rendering ball movement and teamwork pointless. Hopefully further refinement can produce a great basketball game in the future, but for 2015, NBA Live's advances are still overshadowed by flawed fundamentals.
Still aching to even come close to the technical assuredness of NBA 2K15, NBA Live 15 does fare much better than last year's debacle. However, crucially flawed gameplay, lackluster commentary and a shortage of worthwhile modes leave this player coming up weak on the court.
A marked improvement over NBA Live 14, but still far from perfect.