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NBA Live 14 heading straight to the Next-Gen systems could be the perfect thing to get this franchise back on the right track for the next generation of gaming. Here are some things that could very well put the game over the edge from pretender to contender.
1. Bounce-Tek Could Re-Define The Way Basketball Video Games Look
Dribbling is the constant that you see througout an entire basketball game. It is the main way to move the ball, and often looks awful and awkward in video games. We have all see the weird bounce backs, warping back into hands and all that jazz. Bounce-Tek claims to be the answer to all those woes and truly make dribbling physics based. IF this is done correctly, in my opinion, will make everything look 100x smoother and more realistic. Look at what True Performance Skating did for the NHL series.
2. 'Rising Star" Game Mode
EA gets this stuff right, usually. Madden's superstar mode can be hit or miss, but NHL and FIFA's Career and 'Be A Pro' modes are top notch. NBA2k's 'My Player' is great, but has some problems that, for me, make the longevity of the mode limited. Hopefully EA will take the que from NHL and FIFA, and knock this one out of the park. With NBA Live's re-focus on player by player tendencies, this could make scouting your match-up more crucial that ever.
3. Graphics & Sound
NBA Live 10 had amazing sound. Best of current generation sports games if you ask me. And as for graphics, NBA Live 10 looks pretty darn good. Better than 2k, in some respects. If NBA Live 14 comes out of the box looking beautiful, I think it will be a serious deal breaker for people in the purchasing process, even if the game play lacks a bit. We haven't seen much for either NBA games at this point, but the snippets we have seen of Kyrie Irving have been pretty impressive. Especially the most recent. Like I said, could be the deal breaker people are looking for.
With only 2 months and change until the release of the Next-Gen systems, and NBA Live 14...I'm excited. If EA can build off of, and clean up Live 10's game play, come correct with Next-Gen visuals, I think this game could have serious potential and shouldn't be overlooked this November.