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NBA Live 06 Wishlist

The NBA Live 06 Wishlist was compiled using the suggestions of the NLSC Team and fans in the community via email and the NLSC Forum. It was submitted to the production team on January 13th, 2005.

Top Wishes

  • Implement real NBA strategy. The CPU should beat you through playing a good game, not “cheating”.
  • Bring back the ability to save a game in progress
  • Bring back Custom Teams (see “Roster Management” section for details)
  • Improve fast break AI. CPU teammates should continue running to the basket in anticipation of a pass
  • Don’t allow CPU players to catch up so easily on fast breaks
  • Add the ability to save replays as mpeg or avi files
  • Improve player animations; eliminate “skating”.
  • Add a CPU-orientated user interface with drop-down menus
  • Tweak Dynasty Points so that players who simulate games can still earn enough points to perform management tasks
  • Add more stats in the frontend and stat overlays in games
  • Fix bugs from NBA Live 2005
  • Continue to expand Dynasty Mode with more roster management features, a rumour mill, team chemistry/morale, players demanding trades, etc.
  • Continue to tweak the simulation engine so that players have realistic averages. Some bench players should have starter-like numbers.
  • Add Create/Edit-a-Play
  • Add the ability to hire and fire coaches. Make coaches have an impact on the team’s success.

Gameplay/AI

  • Implement real NBA strategy. The CPU should beat you through playing a good game, not “cheating”.
  • Bring back the ability to save a game in progress
  • Don’t allow CPU players to catch up so easily on fast breaks
  • Add sliders for each team (eg substitution frequency, fast break frequency, etc)
  • Add the ability to set substitution patterns
  • Add the option of locking a player when auto-subs are enabled so that he will remain on the court until you decide to sub him
  • Add the ability to set team strategy before starting a game
  • Improve fast break AI. CPU teammates should continue running to the basket in anticipation of a pass
  • Reduce the number of blocks
  • Add Create/Edit-a-Play
  • Add inbounding playcalling
  • Allow players to catch passes on the run more often
  • Add the ability to force jump-balls and steal the ball when a player is sitting on the floor after diving for a loose ball
  • Allow players to go after loose balls when their shot is blocked or the ball is stripped from them
  • Fix adjusted shots so that the player does not end up behind the backboard
  • Bring back the ability to fake a pass/call for a pick without the “roll”
  • Don’t always have the small forward inbounding the ball. Allow the user to designate the inbounder if they wish
  • Improve the backing down/drop step/spinning baseline moves
  • Have less one-on-one play; CPU teams should register more assists. However, the point guard shouldn’t always rack up 15 assists.
  • Bring back flagrant fouls, but do not make injuries depend on them
  • Bring back the ability to push players to commit an intentional foul in addition to the “Intentional Foul” quick play
  • Add the ability to force fancy passes, but make these difficult to pull off in traffic and with poor passers
  • Add player specific behaviour/personalities
  • Tone down the CPU’s ability to catch up – make it realistic. If the CPU is down by 30 with two minutes left, they should sub out their starters and officially recognise “garbage time”.
  • Have more control over alley-oops; make it possible to direct pass on alley-oops to ensure the right player goes for the lob.
  • Add the ability to dribble out of the double team – should depend on player’s ratings
  • Give the user more control over stealing the ball when double teaming. Being too aggressive should result in a foul.
  • Add more hook shots to the game, including running hooks.
  • Allow more mid-air decisions ie. passing during a layup/dunk animation
  • Restrict direct passing options to players that would be visible to the ballhandler. Would be affected by a player’s Offensive Awareness.

Dynasty Mode

  • Add multi-player Dynasty Mode
  • Add tasks similar to the “Owner Mode” in Madden. Make these tasks optional for those who want to play the classic Dynasty Mode
  • Keep track of more records and announce when they are broken
  • Add summer league/pre-season games
  • Expand training camp with drills and more practice sessions
  • Add minor league such as the NBDL or CBA
  • Adding a trading block to entertain offers for players
  • Bring back the option of completing or cancelling a trade
  • Add mid-level exceptions and 10 day contracts
  • Add the ability to buyout player contracts when releasing them. Users would have to negotiate these with the player’s agent.
  • Have players demand trades/buyouts/extensions
  • Add a rumour mill. “League sources” would report possible trades and players who will likely re-sign/look to sign elsewhere/want to be traded.
  • Add the ability to trade future draft picks (within a reasonable period of time)
  • Add the ability to sign players to extensions before their contract is up
  • CPU teams should make more transactions, but keep them realistic!
  • Have better selection of new jersey numbers when a player is traded to a team where his number is already taken. Perhaps have a history of jersey numbers so that a player will select a number he has used before (or a more appropriate variation of his number).
  • Recognise retired jersey numbers; disallow the user from selecting retired numbers for current players
  • Retire numbers for each team, not just for the user’s personal Hall of Fame.
  • Designate substitution patterns for simulating
  • Expand Simulation Intervention; allow the user to resume simulation after intervening.
  • Add player morale and team chemistry as factors in Dynasty Mode
  • Add the ability to hire and fire coaches. Make coaches have an impact on the team’s success.
  • Players go on hot/cold streaks. They shouldn’t be able to play the same way for the entire season. Includes players on CPU teams.
  • Add restricted free agency
  • Add the ability to save during the offseason
  • High-rated free agents should lower their asking price through the season so that they match latch on with a team, even if it’s only until the end of the year.
  • Do not automatically sign rookies when they are drafted. Allow teams to hold their draft rights and choose whether to sign them or not.
  • Allow trades during the draft
  • Make the offseason less linear. The draft and draft lottery should occur at set times, but you should be able to re-sign players, sign players, trade players and see players retiring throughout the offseason.
  • Continue to tweak the simulation engine so that players have realistic averages. Some bench players should have starter-like numbers.
  • During the offseason, allow more than 15 players on the roster. Each team must cut their roster down to a maximum of 12 active and 3 inactive players before the season begins.
  • Ability to un-retire players within the first year of their retirement. Might be a way to correct an early/unexpected retirement, having the option to coax a player into playing one more year.
  • Receive a warning when a player is contemplating retirement.
  • Add complete NBA records.
  • Add All-NBA Third Team to Offseason Awards.
  • Allow players to vote for All-Stars/improve All-Star selection
  • Add more statistics eg Double-Doubles, Triple-Doubles, Assist-to-Turnover ratio, etc.
  • Tweak Dynasty Points so that players who simulate games can still earn enough points to perform management tasks

Graphics & Presentation

  • Add a CPU-orientated user interface with drop-down menus
  • Include all authentic NBA stadiums
  • Add full intros for both teams and make it available in all modes
  • Add more player specific shooting styles and make them available in 5 on 5 gameplay
  • Improve player animations; eliminate “skating”
  • Improve the statistics displays and allow sorting on all stats screens. Display career stats in table format (similar to nba.com player profiles and trading cards)
  • Add animations in the Playbook
  • Make it possible to view a player’s potential, not only during the draft but for all young players in the league
  • Add pre-game/post-game/halftime shows with highlights and stats
  • Bring back the team ranks (scoring, rebounding, defense, ball control and overall) in addition to overall team ratings
  • Bring back User Profiles
  • Remove the “logo flash” between cutscenes etc. Replace it with stats overlays
  • Add an animation for players getting dunked on
  • Add player free throw ritual animations
  • Allow players to have multiple hairstyles
  • Display player career stats and info when viewing retired jerseys
  • When two players on the same team have the same surname, display their first initial
  • Add a better TV style camera angle
  • Add 3D crowds. Have some people wearing home team jerseys and perhaps holding up signs
  • Make instant replays accessible at any time
  • Show players walking over to the scorer’s table when substitutions are pending
  • Add more player celebrations after big plays
  • Have players show a lot more emotion on the court
  • Allow player hairstyle and facial hair to change in Dynasty Mode; perhaps let the user alter them?
  • Add movement to jerseys, shorts and hair

Sounds Effects & Music

  • Add more announcers and commentators, perhaps leaving Marv and Mike for bigger games/designated TNT broadcasts
  • Add team specific crowd chants
  • More variety in the soundtrack
  • Improve the relevance of the commentary.
  • Add a text-to-speech engine for created players. Allow players with common names in the game to have audio pieced together (might require a few common names to be recorded)
  • Have the commentators display a lot more emotion in big games and on big plays

Roster Management

  • Allow less than 12 players on the active roster
  • Add a “Creation Zone”: Design custom courts, jerseys and shoes etc as well as create players
  • Further expand the amount of customisation for created players. Also perhaps include a few templates so that you can automatically select a certain headshape etc
  • Add even more hairstyles/facial hairstyles
  • Bring back the Custom Team feature, with the following changes:
    • Ability to designate custom team as a regular NBA team, All-Star team, or special team. Special team would basically be the old format of custom teams, while the other classifications speak for themselves. Of course, since it’s a created team, it would be deleted when the rosters are reset, no matter what the classification.
    • Ability to specify uniforms worn – custom made ones (selecting colours, etc), individual NBA team jerseys (so you could create All-Star/All-Rookie/All-Sophomore teams), or perhaps some generic ones.
    • More generic custom team art. Simple “NBA” logos, a basketball going through a hoop, etc. Do not make the team logo automatically show up on the jerseys. This way, you could make a custom East All-Stars team from the 80s that would use the East All-Stars logo, but would have a red or white jersey with the 80s style NBA All-Star logo on it. Basically, just a little more customisation.
  • Allow the user to choose more performance attributes for created players, such as Destiny/Potential, Dunk package, shooting form etc.
  • Add multi-team trades. Allow the user to suggest movement between CPU teams. All CPU teams must agree to the deal.
  • Allow teams to trade more than three players
  • Make draft picks independent of players when filling draft “slots”
  • Allow editing of shoe colours
  • Create/Edit-a-Coach
  • Add the ability to export and import rosters in Dynasty Mode
  • Add a suspended list/injury exception so a team can have more than 15 players on its roster
  • Allow trading of draft picks outside of Dynasty Mode
  • Bring back the old “Restore Rosters” feature, where all transactions and created players are wiped. Make it possible to reload the default rosters.
  • Ability to edit the default All-Star teams (which would save patchmakers a lot of work ;). Also have the ability to “Select New All-Stars” when playing an exhibition game with the All-Star teams. These changes, unlike editing the default teams, would only be temporary.
  • Bring back the ability to disable automatic roster re-ordering.

Realism & Accuracy

  • Add the “5 Seconds Back to the Basket” rule
  • Add lane violations
  • Add loose ball foul/off the ball fouls
  • Add pushing fouls
  • Add some real restrictions to Dynasty Mode (ie players placed on IR must sit at least five games unless not replaced on active roster). Also, playoff rosters must be set before advancing to the playoffs and cannot be altered (IR must miss the playoffs) once the postseason begins.
  • Add Offensive Goaltending

Patching/Modding

  • Make sure the game is patcher-friendly, from the graphics to the DBFs

All-Star Weekend

  • Expand dunk contest with the ability to dunk two basketballs, jump over teammates, etc.

Bugs/Things to fix

First and foremost, fix all bugs in NBA Live 2005! 😉 But a couple of specifics…

  • Bring back the ability to save stats
  • Make sure elements such as the settings and unlocked items are saved correctly

Online Mode

  • Turn on Fatigue for Ranked Games
  • Allow users to change settings such as the Playbook and sliders
  • Instead of (or in addition to) the online mode being P2P (and hence limited to 2 players), release a dedicated server (so that ISPs can host games in a similar fashion to FPS like counter-strike), allowing up to 30 players to connect to the one server.

Settings & Ratings

  • Bring back the Clutch rating
  • Allow different sliders to be used in All-Star Weekend games
  • Add a slider for defense reaction time
  • Add a slider for alley-oop frequency and success
  • Add the ability to select different rules (NBA, International, College, Old School NBA)

Miscellaneous

  • Add more throwback jerseys
  • Add more NBA Legends
  • Add historic courts
  • Add more special teams, such as the current Team USA
  • Add the ability to save replays as mpeg or avi files
  • Add a practice mode with more than one player. Add drills and free throw practice.
  • Add the ability to select different All-Star jerseys; current, retro or original team jerseys
  • Add classic/championship teams
  • For active players in the legends pool and decade all-stars, use a different (ie younger) face for their legendary counterpart
  • Retain ability to choose jerseys, but automatically designate alternate jerseys on Sunday games.
  • Add more statistics such as Season Highs, Career Highs, Team Leaders, etc.
  • Show more fans in the stands when popular teams are playing.
  • Add the ability to navigate the menu in the PC version using a gamepad