NBA Live 15
|NBA Live 15|
NBA Live 15 cover art.
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|Release date(s)||October 28th 2014|
NBA Live 15 (stylised as NBA LIVE 15) is an NBA basketball simulation video game by EA Sports. It was released on October 28th, 2014 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the twentieth game in the NBA Live series (the eighteenth to actually be released), and the third game in the series to be developed by EA Tiburon. It is the direct sequel to NBA Live 14 and was followed by NBA Live 16.
The game was officially announced in an open letter to the community from Executive Producer Sean O'Brien. The letter revealed the game's original release date (October 7th, 2014), acknowledged some of the main criticisms of NBA Live 14 while reiterating the development team's commitment to improving the game, and mentioned that detailed information on the game would be coming in July 2014. On September 8th, it was announced NBA Live 15's release had been pushed back to October 28th 2014, to allow the developers additional time to polish various aspects of the game.
Official Features List
The official features list was revealed on September 2nd, 2014.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
We’re doubling down on visuals with an all-new scanning and lightning technique for the most photo-realistic player models in franchise history. Add into the mix player specific body types and contextual emotional responses and you will truly feel like you’re in the action.
REAL-TIME PHYSICS IN THE PAINT
Feel the impact of real-time physics on every drive, post move and collision in the most trafficked area on the court. 100+ new animations make it possible for something unpredictable and amazing to happen on every play. Scoring has been amped up with 3x the variety of dunks, layups and signature shots as you impose your will on your opponent with physicality you can feel.
Passing, shooting and dribbling will feel snappier the moment you pick up the sticks. Freestyle Passing takes your assist game to the next level with no looks, behind the backs, and more. An all-new shot feedback system teaches you how to successfully get buckets, measuring three key factors in real-time to determine shot quality. Enhancements to bounceTek allow you to make cuts and change momentum on a dime, giving you the ability to create space and pull off devastating skilled dribble moves on the run.
SMARTER AI & TRANSITION GAME
New AI logic drives all 10 players to move with intent and purpose while displaying greater off-ball awareness, adjusting as every play develops. Add in a smooth transition game as well as real-world offensive sets and defensive schemes and you’ve got 48 minutes and 94 feet of end-to-end, dynamic gameplay.
DEFENSE IS FUN
New defensive systems make it easier to contain your man by using just the left stick. Contextual physicality, bumps and jostles, in addition to a new shot blocking system, delivers simplicity in controls helping you make that big defensive stop when your team needs it most.
NBA All-Star and Former ROTY Damian Lillard is your personal coach and mentor on the journey to becoming an expert NBA LIVE 15 player. Learn how to dominate LIVE like a boss with drills and tutorials wrapped in stories about Lillard’s path to the NBA.
BIG Moments just got bigger. New Hot Spot Challenges allow you to replicate game-changing moments within an hour of them happening in the real NBA. The closer you get, the more bonus points you earn. Plus, all-new featured monthly events will offer fresh challenges as they actually happen, in real-time.
LIVE ULTIMATE TEAM
The perfect combination of NBA LIVE 15 and fantasy basketball. Build your dream team of the brightest modern NBA stars and all-time legends. Compete online or take part in Fantasy Challenges to earn coins and purchase new packs of players, uniforms, contracts, and more. A new auction house adds even more opportunities to assemble the fantasy team you’ve always wanted.
NBA Live 15 is intended to be a sim-oriented basketball game, aiming to realistically portray the real National Basketball Association. It retains features such as Dynasty Mode, ESPN presentation, right stick dribbling controls, Ultimate Team, BIG Moments, NBA Rewind, and other staples of the NBA Live series.
Following the release of NBA Live 14 and the heavy criticism of the game's graphics, the development team at EA Tiburon has spent considerable time scanning player faces for NBA Live 15, in an effort to improve face textures and models. The developers also indicated that they have been able to make good use of constructive criticism and suggestions offered by the community prior to the release of NBA Live 14's official patch, not only in the creation of the patch but also in the development of NBA Live 15.
The development team also spoke extensively to several coaches around the league to gain an insight into their strategies and approach to the game, in order to make improvements to the AI in NBA Live 15.
The first screenshot of the game was released on June 9th 2014, prior to E3. It spotlighted the improvements to play faces, featuring Paul George, Tony Parker, Rajon Rondo, Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry, and James Harden. A producer blog published on June 24th provided a deeper look at the visual improvements in the game, comparing the arenas and jerseys in NBA Live 15 to their NBA Live 14 counterparts.
Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers was announced as the cover player for NBA Live 15 on August 25th, 2014. Lillard was also one of the players tapped by EA Sports in the development of NBA Live 14.
The official soundtrack was curated by MICK.
NBA Live 15 was released exclusively on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
NBA Live 15 has a Metacritic score of 59 for the PlayStation 4 version, and 53 for the Xbox One version. It was praised for being an improvement over NBA Live 14 in various areas, but also criticised for its animation quality, stiffness in the controls, and the lack of depth in its game modes. Among gamers, it is generally considered a step forward for the series, but still below expectations. Several patches and content updates were released during the 2015 season.
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