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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?
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.
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.
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.