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We had our first glimpse of NBA Live 15 way back in April, then in June we found out the release date (October 7th) and read an open letter from Sean O’Brien, which promised a lot for NBA Live fans to be excited about. Here is a direct quote from it.

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We’ll start sharing gameplay details in July, and will continue to provide in-depth insight through August and September. During this time there will be plenty of content popping up here on the NBA LIVE website, as well as hands-on previews from your favorite sports and gaming outlets. We know we’ve got a lot to prove this year, and we’ve got a solid plan in place to provide you with all the details and take the first steps to making NBA LIVE 15 a game you’re excited to play.

Looking back at July, gameplay details were not revealed. In fact, the only real information that we had in the month of July was that a demo could come earlier than expected and they placed the @NBA Twitter handle on the basketball. Maybe the loss of Scott O'Gallaher sent them scrambling? Who knows, let's move on to August.

This month has been filled with screenshots of various arenas and a late Damian Lillard cover announcement with a few more screenshots of him sprinkled in. Not exactly the "in-depth insight" fans were expecting.

While there were some hands-on impressions in August from GameInformer and MMGN, as well as a podcast from our friends at NLSC, no other site has written anything else about the game.

So here we are, almost in September and we still don't know what to expect from the game. What modes are there? What gameplay changes have been made? What are they hiding from us?

NBA Live fans deserve better.

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# 1 23 @ 08/30/14 01:14 PM
I'm kind of surprised their marketing has been so gaunt.

At this point it has to happen simply because the game goes gold this month (Sept) and they have to show something not because they promised to.
 
# 2 sega2k @ 08/30/14 01:22 PM
Supposedly the trailer is dropping this upcoming week...EA liked someones comment asking if we are going to get the trailer this week..It's almost a must, since the game is almost less than one month away..Whoever is in charge of marketing should be fired..I've never seen a game give droplets of info until the last month before it drops..What happened to these days when EA was actively engaging with the community and showing off the game?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLrjZVMGjEw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8fVCNdjFF8
 
# 3 23 @ 08/30/14 01:26 PM
I don't think you should be here saying someone should be fired man cmon.

Regardless of anything else basketball fans in general always get the gimmick hype marketing late before releases when we know more about almost every other game years and months before their release.

what I will enjoy is the back and forth this month though one showing something to try to win some sales over the other if we've even gotten to that point yet.

Maybe not but at least we get a month of double bball info.
 
# 4 ratedmoney @ 08/30/14 01:36 PM
What's bothering me is this is just too similar to the release of Live 14. They held back on the info and trailer as long as possible. The game released and we saw why. That could be completely different this time but I can only guess based off history. Show us why we should buy the game. These arena pics are doing nothing for me.
 
# 5 thedream2k13 @ 08/30/14 01:37 PM
EA once again setting themselves up for failure with broken promises and bad marketing
 
# 6 Joman66 @ 08/30/14 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by ratedmoney
What's bothering me is this is just too similar to the release of Live 14. They held back on the info and trailer as long as possible. The game released and we saw why. That could be completely different this time but I can only guess based off history. Show us why we should buy the game. These arena pics are doing nothing for me.
That's exactly how I see it right now. I've said this before and Ill say it again. Not looking forward to Live 15.
 
# 7 da ThRONe @ 08/30/14 01:41 PM
Sure the impatient side of me want all things and want them yesterday. However the reality is when we get this info likely has little to no impact on the quality of the game. If anything it will improve the game because all the resources are being used to polish this thing. I understand the thought process of "Well since they haven't showed anything therefore the product must be poor". However we'll have plenty of time to come to that conclusion.


All the informing is done for hype and hype only which benefits the companies far more than it does the purchaser. If anything this is hurting Live 15. I have to imagine if the reviews are as good as I've read this game can be well packaged to look great in a trailer. So if we aren't getting a trailer and/or other updates at the expense of Live losing out on the hype war I have to assume the Live team think whatever they are able to accomplish instead is worth it. We'll see.
 
# 8 lakers24 @ 08/30/14 01:53 PM
Thank god someone said something. I'ts ridiculous and hard not to expect more of the same with this series considering this is basically what happened at this exact time last year. I WANT to believe, but they are giving me no reason to. I can understand building hype the last month or so before release, but giving out timelines and not coming through and not giving ANY footage is baffling. Especially when you are in direct competition & trying to make up for the monumental letdown that was 14.
 
# 9 23 @ 08/30/14 01:53 PM
I think the article is just speaking on more broken promises than it is on hype.

There are direct quotes that basically got violated by the quotee if that makes sense lol.

Its not even a matter of patience really. I wish they'd all lay it all out there but don't think for a minute that its not important to show anything to people.
 
# 10 WTF @ 08/30/14 02:05 PM
I wish that the game was already out, so everyone can form their own opinion on how it plays instead of the hype that it's generated or lack thereof by marketing.

If people have their mind made up based on lack of information then I'm sorry. Play it for free, then make a decision.
 
# 11 da ThRONe @ 08/30/14 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by ThaLiveKing
Usually games that take this long to show something, you can't really trust it. NBA 2K10, NBA Elite, NBA Live 14. Its pretty much protocol for when something is not going on as planned. Those screen shots that were leaked, only leaked because EA probably told the blogger to release the article on that day, and they didn't change it, and the development team wasn't ready to go as originally planned. Signs are there that this may not be the game we are hoping it to be. Nobody cares about Dev interviews unless we are being showed the game.


I think this lack of info in today's gaming world is a major snafu(I'm old enough to remember when this was a game LOL!). The questions are when did they decide to change course and why?


If the game is indeed on point then it's a problem with the people in marketing(I won't go as far as to call for a person job over a video game). Or history prevails and indeed Live is an inferior product and they are trying to hide it.
 
# 12 da ThRONe @ 08/30/14 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by 23
I think the article is just speaking on more broken promises than it is on hype.

There are direct quotes that basically got violated by the quotee if that makes sense lol.

Its not even a matter of patience really. I wish they'd all lay it all out there but don't think for a minute that its not important to show anything to people.

The article is on point. EA clearly laid out a plan they reneged on. This isn't a good sign I don't think it's ever a good sign when a company changes direction midway through the developing cycle. However it doesn't necessarily means the game what exceed expectations either.
 
# 13 magicman32 @ 08/30/14 02:09 PM
I didn't even realize so many promises for Live 15 has been broken. Very enlightening. EA should be doing whatever they can to show that Live 15 is way better than Live 14. It's 2014 and Live 14 was such a terrible game. I don't understand all the arena screens.

I have a feeling the movements and animations are still really far behind, so they are scared to show the game in motion. I'm puzzled about showing more screens of players. Maybe full body screens even showing accessories and kicks. The graphics seem to be improved (although still a bit cartoony), so why not show more?
 
# 14 magicman32 @ 08/30/14 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by WTF
I wish that the game was already out, so everyone can form their own opinion on how it plays instead of the hype that it's generated or lack thereof by marketing.

If people have their mind made up based on lack of information then I'm sorry. Play it for free, then make a decision.
It's interesting, because this is the same approach as last year. They stressed "you have to play it yourself". Although the game looked, moved and animated poorly. Boucetek was also very sluggish. My thing is, if EA has improved the game a great deal (gameplay wise and graphically), why not show us?

Has the dribble mechanics changed? Are there more animations? Have they improved the physics. Have they improved collision animations?

The OP has brought up the broken promises regarding info. The Live team is clearly holding back info for a reason. We can only assume the reason is their product still isn't very good.
 
# 15 sega2k @ 08/30/14 02:19 PM
The guy from MMGN said it was a drastic improvement over Live 14. He also said the animations were good, players played like their real-life counterparts, and players had signature moves..He also said LeBron felt powerful and demanding when using him.. These all sound really good, I just don't understand the lack of info..Lillard looked good in the trailer they showed..How come we can't see other players full bodies? Well I'm expecting this to be the week they open the floodgates..Theres no better time like the present.
 
# 16 WTF @ 08/30/14 02:20 PM
From your position, I can see why you'd think that's the case. From my position, I see it quite a bit differently. We'll all see something on the coming week, I'm sure.
 
# 17 sega2k @ 08/30/14 02:27 PM
If they do drop the trailer this week, this could make or break Live..I remember the day they dropped the trailer for 14..There was almost triple the amount of dislikes to likes..If the public doesn't accept this a quality alternative to 2K..I don't think there will be a Live 16..I know they said it's a 3 year plan..But the suits and investors aren't going to continually put money up if they know they aren't going to make it back..Let's just hope those 500+ gameplay improvements they promised don't include 400 new dunk animations....
 
# 18 da ThRONe @ 08/30/14 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by sega2k
The guy from MMGN said it was a drastic improvement over Live 14. He also said the animations were good, players played like their real-life counterparts, and players had signature moves..He also said LeBron felt powerful and demanding when using him.. These all sound really good, I just don't understand the lack of info..Lillard looked good in the trailer they showed..How come we can't see other players full bodies? Well I'm expecting this to be the week they open the floodgates..Theres no better time like the present.


This is the only reason I haven't been pessimistic about this lack of info. The game looks damn good up close and the reviews in all seem to agree the animations or night and day. So if that's true(and we all saw the Lillard shot) any hack with a PC can make a acceptable trailer. So that's why I'll concluded that the lack of info may not be a bad thing.
 
# 19 magicman32 @ 08/30/14 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by sega2k
The guy from MMGN said it was a drastic improvement over Live 14. He also said the animations were good, players played like their real-life counterparts, and players had signature moves..He also said LeBron felt powerful and demanding when using him.. These all sound really good, I just don't understand the lack of info..Lillard looked good in the trailer they showed..How come we can't see other players full bodies? Well I'm expecting this to be the week they open the floodgates..Theres no better time like the present.
I'm really not buying drastic improvements. Do I think it would be improved? For sure. It can't get any worse. Live 14 didn't sell well. If it was drastic improvements more info would be coming. More details about the game would be coming from the dev team. The people that enjoyed Live would still support the game and they could create buzz from the non-Live supporters. Their approach is just giving a reaction "well graphics look better but..."

If it was Drastic improvements they wouldn't have a issue showing us. IMO. It would be some level of excitement.
 
# 20 da ThRONe @ 08/30/14 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by sega2k
If they do drop the trailer this week, this could make or break Live..I remember the day they dropped the trailer for 14..There was almost triple the amount of dislikes to likes..If the public doesn't accept this a quality alternative to 2K..I don't think there will be a Live 16..I know they said it's a 3 year plan..But the suits and investors aren't going to continually put money up if they know they aren't going to make it back..Let's just hope those 500+ gameplay improvements they promised don't include 400 new dunk animations....


I think the live team may be experiencing a case of "Paralysis by analysis". EA understands that this year and next may very well be the beginning of Live come back or the death of the series. And they don't want to release any info until things are as polished as possible.
 


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