Today Electronic Arts Inc. launched the NBA LIVE 16 demo on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. The demo is currently live on Xbox Live, and will be appearing on PlayStation Network later today. The free demo gives fans their first chance to check out the brand new LIVE Pro-Am mode, featuring both the competitive LIVE Run and cooperative Summer Circuit. Those looking for an offline experience can also choose one of six NBA teams and take the floor in an exhibition game, or get a head-start on learning the nuances of the game in the Learn LIVE tutorials.
Coinciding with the tip-off of the NBA season, today Electronic Arts Inc. officially launched NBA LIVE 15 for Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. NBA LIVE 15strives to capture the excitement of the NBA through incredible visuals, fun and responsive gameplay and innovative, connected modes like Learn LIVE and LIVE Season. Fans who purchase NBA LIVE 15 and connect online between October 28 and November 6 will also receive $30 of bonus packs in NBA LIVE 15 Ultimate Team*.
♪ Defense, defense / we want the ball / we want the ball hey ♫ This year’s Madden is where defense comes to play. After some harsh criticism for what was supposed to be not only the next-generation debut of the series on new consoles, but a celebration of 25 years of Madden, Madden NFL 25 was met with disappointment. Madden NFL 15 is a redo of sorts, with a heavier focus on development for what is now current-generation systems and major changes to the tried-and-true, the results are overwhelmingly positive and a reinvigoration for the series.
Last year I enjoyed Madden 12 quite a bit. I thought there were some issues with the difficulty and thought that presentation was lacking a little. However, the game was much better than previous years and a little more accessible too. Madden 13 polishes the things that I liked about last year’s game, adds some incredible new features, but also makes some sideways moves in some areas.
I’m a casual football fan at best, one who actually learned the rules of football by playing Madden. Therefore, I’m not a hardcore Madden fan despite considering myself a sports gamer. Last year, Madden 11, was actually the first Madden I completely skipped out on in many years after not having a great experience with the demo. I was turned off by the Gameflow automated play calling system they introduced to make the game more accessible. When I’m playing defense, I usually don’t control any players, so by Gameflow taking control of the play calling out of my hand, it basically took the whole defensive side of the game out of my hand.