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Here are some quick thoughts about Live 09 to take you into the weekend.  I will have a review of the game up on Tuesday!

-So far, the game is definitely an improvement over 08, but it's not a groundbreaking title.

-You still get stuck in animations and the game isn't very fluid at times as a result. 

-Graphics are still solid, animations are pretty varied.

-Quick Strike moves are simply ok.  You have to be pretty fast on the sticks to really make them work well, at least from my initial observations.  I'm still not sure if I'm totally impressed with the whole feature, I still need some more time before I pass final judgement on it.

-While the DNA feature is cool, EA has done a typical job of implementing it everywhere.  You cannot miss it and it is thrown in your face in several areas.  Since the season really isn't going right now, the updates aren't all that awesome just yet.  I'm going to investigate this further as I really am more concerned about the on-court action right now.

-I'm currently playing through a FIBA World Championship with the Redeem Team.  Needless to say, I'm dominating.  I think it's a cool addition to the game to do it once or so.

-Free Throws are automatic.  How many more systems is EA going to try out that don't work?

-If you slide the foul frequencies up, you get realistic results.  But the default settings saw fouls hardly being called.  Probably not a bad thing but hardcore guys will want to tune them up.

-Pick and Roll control is actually pretty well done, kudos to EA.

-Still haven't done too much with the NBA Live Academy but from what I have gathered, it's just your standard fare mini-game mode EA sports has been putting together.

-Haven't touched Dynasty Mode yet, I'm going to over the weekend.

-Like I said in the first point, the game is better on the court, but an actual score and such is forthcoming.  I still have a lot to play before I get a final verdict in.

If you have any questions I will answer some over the weekend.  But be warned I am going to be busy fitting in a weekend of football (my other job) as well as trying to get as much playtime in as possible.  So while I will make an effort to answer as many questions as possible, I cannot guarantee all of them will get answered.

Update #1 (10/3/08 11:30 CST)

-Good news!  The Americans are now 5-0 in the FIBA World Championship as I get set to start the elmination round.  I'm taking a break to share some more gameplay thoughts.

-All 10 players are actually doing something a lot of the time on the court.  Guys will screen off the ball and your teammates will make adjustments if you get out of position on defense.  Basically, unlike the past several Live games, the action on the court is definitely a lot more realistic than ever.  This is an extremely good thing.

-I'm starting to sway a little bit and I have to say the NBA Live Academy is kinda cool.  After playing through some fast break drills, I really can say it is pretty fun.  Definitely adding some good value to the package.

-I had a few instances of a player going all the way out of bounds due to them being stuck in an animation the past couple of games.  This is just one example of several where players being stuck in animations have made the gameplay feel scripted and not alive.  I can tell you this is one of the single greatest reasons why reviewers probably aren't going to give this game huge props.

-It also seems like EA has made the detection of a player going out of bounds slower or softer or something as it seems like some of my players are out of bounds and they aren't called for it. 

-Loose balls are just plain stupid.  Sometimes they seem random when two players approach a ball and no one ever dives onto the floor.  The rebounding system also could use some serious work as well.

I will try to get to some questions soon, I want to try out both Dynasty and Be a Pro mode sometime over the weekend.

 


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# 1 DubTrey1 @ 10/03/08 09:34 PM
Look forward to seeing your thoughts & the score Tues.
 
# 2 mattc033 @ 10/03/08 09:59 PM
Can you try out create player?...also im looking forward to dynasty mode
 
# 3 Moegames @ 10/04/08 12:04 AM
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Originally Posted by dave374
My impressions were better than yours. So were Tomba's and Pared's.
and so are mine
 
# 4 marc68 @ 10/04/08 09:56 AM
I am afraid that EA's reputation has been tarnished by years of mediocre Live and Madden.

Yes, Madden 09 is a much better game than it has been, but people still put the Madden series under a microscope.

I think to a lesser extent they do the same with Live...especially with the 2k series being such a solid title.

I remember when Live was THE b-ball series to have...hope they get the magic back.
 
# 5 Pared @ 10/04/08 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by dave374
My impressions were better than yours. So were Tomba's and Pared's.
lol

Good stuff, Chris.
 
# 6 KiNgB25 @ 10/04/08 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by marc68
I am afraid that EA's reputation has been tarnished by years of mediocre Live and Madden.

Yes, Madden 09 is a much better game than it has been, but people still put the Madden series under a microscope.

I think to a lesser extent they do the same with Live...especially with the 2k series being such a solid title.

I remember when Live was THE b-ball series to have...hope they get the magic back.


I agree with you on every point. I don't see them getting the magic back until they change their way of thinking. They do a great job with coming up with all the bells and whistles but they don't listen to there fans. This was the 1st year on their message boards that the developers were allowed to interact with the people. 2k has been kind of doing it for a while. 2k is for the people and EA is not. Thats the whole problem with them. They hear what the people are saying but they aren't doing anything about it. They are stuck in the 90's. Why are their players still the same size as live 02? They are rail thin..... They need a change
 
# 7 Pared @ 10/04/08 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by KiNgB25
I agree with you on every point. I don't see them getting the magic back until they change their way of thinking. They do a great job with coming up with all the bells and whistles but they don't listen to there fans. This was the 1st year on their message boards that the developers were allowed to interact with the people. 2k has been kind of doing it for a while. 2k is for the people and EA is not. Thats the whole problem with them. They hear what the people are saying but they aren't doing anything about it. They are stuck in the 90's. Why are their players still the same size as live 02? They are rail thin..... They need a change
I can agree with this at all.

Developers are actually interacting with the fans. They are getting feedback constantly from many different groups and just looking at the change from Live 08 to Live 09... the difference is striking.

I think you guys are expecting the end-all, be-all game in a one year turn-around. Isn't going to happen.
 
# 8 Da-Man @ 10/04/08 02:33 PM
Is there fiba rules in the fiba tournament?
 
# 9 KiNgB25 @ 10/04/08 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Pared
I can agree with this at all.

Developers are actually interacting with the fans. They are getting feedback constantly from many different groups and just looking at the change from Live 08 to Live 09... the difference is striking.

I think you guys are expecting the end-all, be-all game in a one year turn-around. Isn't going to happen.

Yeah it's a nice change but the core gameplay still feels the same to me. I give EA all the credit in the world for starting fresh with a new engine as opposed of 2K being a straight port but it's taken some time to get it to where it is now. we are 4 games into the next gen and i still feel like i'm playing Live 02 or 03. I think based on the demo i played live is good but not great. It has the potential to be great but they(EA) just can't seem to get over the hump.
 
# 10 marc68 @ 10/04/08 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Pared
I can agree with this at all.

Developers are actually interacting with the fans. They are getting feedback constantly from many different groups and just looking at the change from Live 08 to Live 09... the difference is striking.

I think you guys are expecting the end-all, be-all game in a one year turn-around. Isn't going to happen.
I am not expecting perfection. But when it comes to Madden, people DO expect perfection. As far as Live, people are more forgiving because there is a CHOICE.
 
# 11 MMChrisS @ 10/04/08 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Da-Man
Is there fiba rules in the fiba tournament?

The court is a FIBA court (so the 3 pointers, etc. are the right distance as is the trapezoid lane).

The rest of the rules I am pretty sure are close to spot on. The timeouts are the correct number (1 each quarter, 2 in the 4th). I have turned the fouls up quite a bit and have yet to get a guy foul out, so I can't comment if that rule is the same or not.
 
# 12 texbuk84 @ 10/05/08 01:28 AM
great post man. have you played any 2k yet
 
# 13 MMChrisS @ 10/05/08 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by jwil5050
great post man. have you played any 2k yet
I am in the same boat as the rest of you guys on 2K....waiting until release to pick it up
 

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