I agree with some that just because a title is sold for $20 it doesn't mean that you're not getting a quality product. BUT that is not the case with NBA LIVE 13. People keep mentioning the other developers football game in 2005 as an example of more bang for the buck but fail to realize several other key differences in that developers 2005 sports lineup.
1. The college hoops, nba, nfl, nhl, and mlb titles all retailed for 19.99.
2. Each title was a follow up to a title from the previous year.
3. No title was delayed and they all had full development cycles (usually 1 year, rather than 1 year to hire new staff, 1 year to salvage elements of a previous title, and 6-8 months for actual hands on development of a new title) which led to completed games being released.
4. The other developer shared information about their upcoming games. They stated their release dates, introduced their cover athletes, gave details about game modes, and stated their price point in a manner that consumers were accustomed to at that time.
In the last 2-3 years EA Sports has failed to do any of these things.
The only major sports title in their 2012 library that has a 19.99 price tag allegedly (still not officially confirmed by EA because they don't respond to RUMORS) is LIVE 13.
LIVE 13 is not a follow up to NBA Elite 12 or Elite 11, but rather LIVE 10.
The basketball title was first delayed in 2010 and then cancelled. This was then followed by no release in 2011 at all. And when the title is set to be released this Fall it more than likely will not be a full featured game.
EA Sports has not (officially) shown or shared any viable form of information that would excite the casual gamer, let alone the informed and up to date LIVE fan. This suggested $20 release price screams of desperation for an unsure and rushed development team being led by blind and stubborn leadership. The consumer will not be getting "more bang for their buck" in this instance.