NBA Live 14 producer - "It's been a rough week"

Sean O'Brien says, "This isn't exactly the NBA Live comeback story we were hoping for"; developer plans to addresses concerns.

After a multi-year hiatus, the NBA Live series returned this year with NBA Live 14 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The response, however, has left much to be desired, according to producer Sean O'Brien.

"I'm not going to lie; it's been a rough week," O'Brien said on the EA Sports blog. "As you can imagine, this isn't exactly the NBA Live comeback story we were hoping for this year. We hear loud and clear that some of you are disappointed in various aspects of NBA Live 14, and I'm sorry if the game doesn't live up to your expectations."

Based on the feedback EA Sports has received so far, O'Brien said the company has devised a plan to make NBA Live 14 a "better game as quickly as we can."

First, O'Brien said EA Sports will improve how NBA Live 14 teaches users how to play, after some players described the process as "frustrating."

"We realize that every single one of you is a new user and know we need to make the game easier to understand and simpler to pick up and play," he said.

EA Sports will hold a series of live streams over Twitch that aim to help teach gamers how to play NBA Live 14. In addition, producers and designers will be online seven days a week to answer questions and provide advice.

What's more, EA Sports has posted various guides concerning controls and game features to the NBA Live website with the aim of helping players get up to speed on basic offense, defense, and play calling.

Improvements to the game's graphics and animations are also on the way, O'Brien said.

"I can tell you that we are committed to making drastic and immediate improvements. In order to get gameplay up and running this year we had to prioritize," O'Brien said. "We felt authentic gameplay, control, and the connected experience would provide the best foundation for the future. As a result, game visuals and animation polish suffered. Improvements on these fronts are also in development now for NBA Live 14. You will notice in the coming weeks and months that the game's visuals and animation will improve significantly."

Feedback around NBA Live 14 has not been completely negative. O'Brien said fans are telling EA Sports that they enjoy the game's Live Season and Big Moments features, which will continue to be updated throughout the NBA season. In addition, O'Brien teased that "big announcements" and "major additions" are coming to NBA Live Ultimate Team down the road.

"Let me wrap up with this; for those of you who have supported us throughout this development cycle and continue to have our backs now, thank you. We've got a lot of work to do; I've got a lot of work to do," O'Brien said. "It started 12 months ago, and continues until we build this franchise bigger and better than it ever was. This is just the first chapter in the NBA Live comeback story."

For more on NBA Live 14, check out GameSpot's review.

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bullsfan769
bullsfan769

So you knew you made a piece of crap and tried to sell it for $60?  That's a big problem right there because it makes it seem like nba live 14 was a hyped up unfinished cash grab

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

"It's been a rough week"... thats because your game looks like a joke compared to 2K.

DJMist
DJMist

I guess this is the new era of EA.. Unfinished games released to the public.

Last year it was Battlefield 3. A sum of 22GB updates released for this unbalanced pile of numerous bugs and glitches... the game was unstable.

This year BF4 and NBALive are both unfinished games. 

EA has become so greedy, they simply don't care anymore if their project is finished or not, they just care to hit the holiday markets.

ColdFirewmj
ColdFirewmj

Most comments are funny,you all said competiton was good,but taht is just to EA,and when it comes to 2K,many poeple said "Just go back ,EA""NBA Live should not be pulished",yeah ,so everything EA did was wrong,while 2K was always right

oflow
oflow

Heres a tip: Hire some fucking people that have a clue about how basketball works to help design your game. Live peaked at 2003, after that it slid rapidly downhill into cartoonland-- more worried about dressing up dolls with Jordans and crap instead of concentrating on the actual game of basketball like 2K did.  

I was a *DIEHARD* live fan till 2004 came out and they made the game into a joke where you could come down the floor and make threes from half court on every possession.

blackace
blackace

NBa 2K blows NBA Live away by a mile. NBA Live is a mess and definitely not worth $60. I bought the game, but after reading the many, many bad problems with the game, I just took it back. Felt it wasn't worth my money. I used the $60 to pay for DR3 instead. Seriously, it took EA 3 years for this crap. Are you serious? Sure gamers we're expecting to be as good as NBA 2K14, but we were hoping it was at least close to that level. It's back to the drawing board for EA.

1wikkid1
1wikkid1

They keep trying to stick all these mechanics into a single box and it's just not working, they've been at it since the 90s... and every new release is the same thing with slightly better graphics, NBA Jam was a fun game that worked (exactly because it was so simple)... all these attempts at simulation don't work, the AI players will never behave in a realistic fashion until we actually develop true AI. There really is no need to release the same product every year or couple years (like pretty much all sports games are) instead take the time to make one (I'm not asking for much am I?) game that actually works well and is fun to play, take three years, hell take four, but deliver something that's worth the time and the money, not this same crap every year.

warriors30
warriors30

"We realize that every single one of you is a new user and know we need to make the game easier to understand and simpler to pick up and play," he said.

EA Sports will hold a series of live streams over Twitch that aim to help teach gamers how to play NBA Live 14. In addition, producers and designers will be online seven days a week to answer questions and provide advice.

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That's basically like saying, "We're sorry that you're not enjoying the game. It's not that the game is bad, you're just too stupid to understand why it's good."

Well played, EA...

JordanizPro
JordanizPro

The only thing about Live that beats 2k in my opinion is the presentation. I really like the menus in Live but other than that 2K has them beat in everything else

jp_butler1
jp_butler1

The fact that they are at least trying to make it better is a good sign. I went with NBA 2K14 on PS4 because they were releasing video and people kept talking about how beautiful it was, not to mention I rented it on Xbox 360 and loved it, and they kept this one pretty secret right until release. I figured there was a reason, and I think I was right. Hopefully they'll take all the good ideas they had and give 2K some competition. Just like Xbox needs PS, I think NBA 2K needs live around to keep pushing them to improve as well. Glad they are aknowledging the game's flaws and being proactive about it.

johnnycontardo
johnnycontardo

NBA Live has stopped being relevant since NBA Live '04 on the Ps2 and Xbox Original.


That is 9 YEARS AGO.


Let is die already.


You can't polish a turd.

alaskancrab
alaskancrab

Been playing 2K series games since the Dreamcast... nuff said.  They've had 12 years to make a better game.

tomservo51
tomservo51

Madden is equally as bad, they just have no 2K football to show everyone what a great game should be!!!

LickTheEnvelope
LickTheEnvelope

... EA heads had a meeting and came out of it saying they wanted to make better games... since then I think they've actually made worse games (aside from Sim City).  Getting silly.  I hope they don't completely trash the Star Wars license.

jer_1
jer_1

Not a chance in hell that live will ever best 2K, they should just give up (again). Now just to convince the madden bots to not buy EA's shitware and get 2K to come back and shame madden like they did in the past.

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

The whole game needs to be designed from scratch EA! The game play is just broken in my eyes and to be honest this doesn't feel like basketball....it has no soul! I'd be quite happy to see the NBA license stay exclusively with 2K, they just get it!

darryllewis
darryllewis

Gameplay, visuals, animation, and control are the heart and soul of any game. Who cares about Live Season and Big Moments if the core game sucks ? While Sean's apology and contrition is appreciated, how in the world can he justify shipping a game that is obviously sub-par in nearly every key area, and far below the EA standard ? If he knew that "drastic and immediate improvements" would be necessary, why did he ship it in the first place ? It’s completely inexcusable to rush out a game like this in order to boost sales by taking advantage of new console launch marketing momentum and the holiday season. Andrew, Peter, it's high time that you got your NBA house in order.

EdAl2112
EdAl2112

These look like improvements you would make to a beta. Do them before you release the game. This shows how well you test your games. What, you didn't notice that the defense ai doesn't move when you have the ball?

CPTCUDDLES
CPTCUDDLES

lol this guy from EA is basically saying "sry you dont know how to play our game retards." -EA guy

Plo_Koon_basic
Plo_Koon_basic

if they are even able to make this better as it goes on, that would be nice and also make 2k's even better.

DKHardee
DKHardee

2K is far more superior but it would be cool to have ESPN/CBS/TNT broadcast style like EA's ESPN. I can't wait for Sony to send me my PS4 replacement!

Kjranu
Kjranu

Inb4 they monopolize NBA license so they don't have to compete with 2K. 

daabbot
daabbot

i figured they would put out a texture pack to up the graphics. as for the gameplay, thats going to be a big patch lol.

C-THREE
C-THREE

Don't call it a comeback........

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

NBA 2K is so good, i dont even know how they are going to catch up to it. You can tell 2K 's focus is to try and make the game as close to a real life broadcast as possible, whereas EA is still trying to make a good game. But us the audience are way beyond that now. We have seen that its possible to make a game almost like  a real life broadcast and we like it. 

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

i have to say, if hes been making NBA Live for 10 years, it might be time for some new blood. There's a reason why John Carmack left, he had a conflict of interest with bestheda over DOOM. Sometimes games need new developer blood and Live needs new developer blood.  but then i dont really care. NBA 2K is so good, that im kind of glad EA has lost out on a sports title. I hope we see some NFL competition eventually to. having such good competition in NBA 2K cant be bad for a developer. Tons of stuff to compete with for the future. FIFA ripped off most of their stuff from the original Pro Evo games. FIFA is good now , because Pro Evo was so damn good in the past.

socratese5
socratese5

Even the game cover looks crappy

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

"We hear loud and clear that some of you are disappointed in various aspects of NBA Live 14, and I'm sorry if the game doesn't live up to your expectations." Some are disappointed? Try most are disappointed.

diskotheque
diskotheque

This isn't a problem that can be solved by simply updating the graphics. The game needs a complete engine overhaul and should be rebuilt from the ground up. I know that making games isn't easy but I still have no idea how Sean O'Brien needed the public to tell him that this was an extremely poor effort. There's a reason that this is the first NBA Live game in years and amazingly none of the issues that plagued previous entries in the series have been fixed despite all of this time off. The only answers I can come up with as to why this game was even released in its current state are that O'Brien never even played the finished product himself or that he just didn't care... and I really hope it's not the latter. All he needed to do was look at NBA 2K14 and then look at NBA Live 14 to realize that the latter isn't even close to a finished product.

perryg84
perryg84

I downloaded the demo of this game for PS4. Upon starting it for the first time, it prompted me to login into an origin account. As a result, I exited and deleted the game.

This review makes me feel bad for EA. They have some interesting ideas but I don't understand how playability can ever be sacrificed for other modes and features.

hardeddie
hardeddie

First step is admitting your mistakes, second step resigned!

Gen007
Gen007

Its really quite sad that EA cant even begin to offer a decent sports game that is able to compete with the 2k ones when they are one of the largest and most successful video game companies. I mean man if 2k were still allowed to do football games madden probably wouldn't even exist anymore.

PacoTaco
PacoTaco

After getting burned badly by NBA Live in the past I knew better than to take this sh*t home. 

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

I agree with his logic in building on gameplay, rather than visuals, but Live14 doesn't even have that going for it. After seeing the videos, hearing the comments, and witnessing people play it on a demo system, I really am wondering what this team was doing for three years.

honeycomb06
honeycomb06

 I think EA just threw this game out there to say Live made it to next gen....I bet any kinda money we want see a Live 15 next year and they gon try to make up every excuse to why they need some extra time off...so they can jerk us again 

strife14467
strife14467

@warriors30 Yeah really. I guess they need to blame the players instead of blaming themselves for releasing such a poor game. Also after reading this article they almost make it sound like the problem is with the visuals, and that improving that would make it a much better game.

"This is just the first chapter in the NBA Live comeback story."

I bet the next chapter starts with EA buying exclusive deals with any major basketball league, that way they don't have any competition to make their game look like crap. It's happened once and it could happen again.

oflow
oflow

@johnnycontardo hit the nail on the head. the last decent live was 2003 with jason Kidd on the cover. After that it was turd sandwich.

jp_butler1
jp_butler1

I really wish they could get football back up and running. Loved the NFL game on Dreamcast.

jp_butler1
jp_butler1

I don't know if it's equally as bad. Madden is madden, and there's fun to be had with a couple buddies. Had a great time playing with my brother and a friend on the PS4 version, but I still look back fondly on my experience with 2K's football game on Dreamcast. First sports game I played on Dreamcast way back when, and I remember friends coming over and they couldn't believe how great it looked and played. It would be so awesome if they'd get back into football as well, and then Madden would have to get better to compete

jp_butler1
jp_butler1

NBA 2K14 on PS4 is the reason I bought the console on launch day and I don't regret it. It's an amazing game, by yourself or with friends. So glad I didn't opt for this one.

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

@darryllewis typical EA though isn't it? Release a half arsed package that has the look and nothing else. EA's monopoly on sports sims seriously jars me!

CPTCUDDLES
CPTCUDDLES

@nyran125tk EA needs to take everyone working on ALL their sports games and clean house dude. 

godonholiday
godonholiday

@diskotheque I think what they are saying is that they had to prioritise other things. The engine could be great,but due to time they couldnt get the most out of it or push it to the limits. 2k seem to be getting the most out of theirs though.

But I agree that graphics are not really the issue here, the gameplay and Live mode are flawed.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@Gen007 So true. What's even more impressive is that 2K haven't succumbed to EAs strongarmed tactics and been bought out by them. 

 Viva la 2K! 

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@tomservo51 @LickTheEnvelope DICE is going to learn the same hard lesson Bioware and Pandemic learned.

You lie down with this Dog, you will not only wake up with fleas, you'll end up with the cost of losing everything that made you special in the first place.

I hope I am wrong.  History shows I am right.