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Dumb Mondays: NBA Live Won June 5th

This is Dumb Mondays, starting the workweek off with silly facts or some of my opinions and predictions that you may or may not find interesting. This week I am sharing a dumb opinion and will be looking for and responding to your comments throughout the week.

Let the 2014 hype train begin! Going into E3 we finally got our first tastes of NBA 2K15 and NBA Live 15 with both games releasing something on the first day of the NBA Finals. NBA 2K15 teased and dropped a video on us, and NBA Live 15 went with another Open Letter from Sean O’Brien. Both directly and indirectly stated the directions or themes of the upcoming games and started their hype trains in different ways. So why do I feel like NBA Live 15’s open letter got me more excited for that game than NBA 2K15’s fantastic spot with Kevin Durant and popular NBA 2K Youtubers?

Right there, that is my issue with this video. Mashing Kevin Durant’s fantastic MVP speech was an amazing move by 2K, capitalizing on their cover athlete’s accomplishments and melding that with some of the more popular faces of the NBA 2K community, but it’s all NBA 2K14.

NBA 2K15 2K14 Disclaimer

So it is a hype video, nothing more, nothing less. Certainly not unusual for this time of year but this does nothing for me. I walk away saying “oh, that’s cool” but with nothing to speculate on other than #YourTimeHasCome. So, yay? An even larger focus on MyCAREER? At the very least I wish they gave us a look at the art direction of NBA 2K15, even an early look with WIP plastered all over it like last year would have been nice.

NBA Live 15 Logo

While Sean O’Brien didn’t let any concrete information out, his open letter at least felt more sincere than 2K’s video. Calmly addressing the issues with NBA Live 14 and validating some of those frustrated by their purchase. I mean he didn’t have to say that graphics and gameplay were going to be the focuses of the next game, they better have been, but the community would have backlashed if he came out and said that the focus would be on Ultimate Team going forward because everyone plays that.

LeBron James dunks against the Indiana Pacers in NBA Live 14

It goes without saying that NBA Live has to make a huge transformation to compete with NBA 2K this year, but that letter lends confidence that they will pull it off. NBA 2K’s video does nothing more than tell me that marketing is going to decide everything once again, and that we won’t know what is going on with the preorder-bonus-getting, full-priced, PC version of NBA 2K15 until 2K wants to let us know. That is another dumb article for another time.

So, what do you think? Who won June 5th? EA or 2K. Let me know in the comments below.

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I think the fact that Live is releasing a screen before we know really anything about 2k15 gives EA an advantage. If Live 15 looks drastically different and 2k decides to get lazy like they’ve done with the last 4 2k’s and haven’t changed much in 2k15 then there may be some trouble brewing.


I certainly found myself more intrigued and hyped by the open letter. As cool as the “Most Valuable Players” spot was, being slickly produced and all, it didn’t exactly tell us anything that we need/want to hear and like you said, it was all NBA 2K14 footage.

The letter continued the NBA Live dev team’s honest and candid approach to dealing with the criticism of their game, and gave us some good tidbits about the feedback they’ve taken on, the work they’re doing on the game, when they’re going to start giving us gameplay insights, even confirming the release date. It felt less like hype, and yet it increased my hype for the game.

So in that respect, I do think NBA Live won June 5th, so to speak. Like you said, they have a long way to go if they’re to become the premiere sim game and truly compete with NBA 2K, but they got off to a fine start last week. Of course, E3 is tomorrow, so let’s see what happens next.