The Tuesday Triple: Why Next Gen Sucks Now

This is The Tuesday Triple, where I attempt to break down random topics into three points, and maybe an “and one” if I need it. Similar to the established Friday Five by Andrew, the topics will be related to basketball video games and their communities as a whole.

We are about seven months into the latest generation of PlayStation and Xbox consoles. This also means that we have experienced about seven months of next-generation NBA basketball games with NBA 2K14 and NBA Live 14. Both games have had a pretty interesting year, from fantasy team modes that make you want to open your wallet again, to online issues and unmet potentials from both games. Still, I would say that both games started the latest generation of basketball videogames on a mostly positive note, it’s just too bad that both games suck now. Hit Read More to find out why.

Dwight Howard in NBA Live 10

Free Throw – No Post Draft Rosters

This is probably the main reason why NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One suck now. There are no post draft rosters. While EA may have given us updated rosters with rookies for NBA Live 09 and NBA Live 10, I severely doubt either 2K or EA would provide their existing userbase with such a roster update with NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 coming in just a few short months.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in NBA 2K14 Next Gen

Jumper – No Post Draft Rosters

I mean at least we have the community to rely on, right? Nope. NBA 2K14’s “Roster Creator” on these consoles is a straight up joke in terms of customization. Yes, we can take any EuroLeague or Retro player and put them on an NBA teams. Yes, we can change ratings, animations, height, position, numbers, accessories, and even wingspan…but we can not change names or appearances forcing the use of look-a-likes (just like 2K’s official rosters!). Still, it’s better than NBA Live 14’s offering….of nothing.

Masked LeBron James in NBA Live 14

Three Pointer – No Post Draft Rosters

Seriously, this was the next generation of basketball videogames. I am not going to short-change the efforts EA made with their comeback and 2K made with a damn good debut on these consoles, but this sucks! NBA 2K14 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will get (excuse me, have gotten already) post-draft rosters from the community, hell they didn’t even need to use RED MC. Of course PC has updates already, and hell, we could update NBA Live 2000 if we wanted to, nearly 15 years after it’s release.

This sucks. I know, we all know, that most rookies will not make a major impact on their teams in their first year in the NBA. Still, I want to play around with Smart and Young, or see what Emiid and Noel could be like on the court at the same time. This is not only the time for speculating about our upcoming videogames, but it is also time to speculate what the Cavaliers would be like with so many Canadians on their team. We knew this was coming when we got our hands on the games in November, but as I sit here only wanting to play with an updated roster, well, I guess its a good thing I have a last gen version of NBA 2K14, right?

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July 2, 2014 11:08 am

It really sucks to have a couple dead months, I agree.

July 3, 2014 10:24 pm

No ambiguity here!

Definitely agree, I hope that we do get some customisation tools in NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15. I guess the lack of them helps push the next game on us, but the customisation features are great to have all year long, and help tide us over/keep us hyped until the new games come out, so it behooves both developers to get that stuff back into the games on the new generation.