EA Sports surprised many when they introduced a revamp of their NBA Live series and renamed it NBA Elite. I probably was not the only that remembers playing the horrible demo for NBA Elite 11 and wondering if they were really considering making a game like this. Well, EA answered the question by quickly shelving the series for two years. Then suddenly as we crossed over into 2012 EA announced it was bringing back its NBA Live series for their 2013 lineup of EA Sports games. They have promised ESPN presentation, Basketball IQ that will improve the gameplay, daily updates that will make the game different every time we play it, realistic animations, and better online play. So, it seems there is a lot to live up to with all of that hype.
Here are a few screens to get you thinking:
NBA Live 13 is due out in October 2012 for Xbox 360 and PS3.
Here is an explanation in greater detail about some of the features of NBA Live 13:
Smart Spectacular Gameplay – NBA LIVE 13 features smart and spectacular gameplay through Basketball IQ which delivers organic team play as your teammates react and respond to the flow of every game. Driven by Basketball IQ, each team has the ability to adjust quickly to any situation where players can analyze and read off of each other. Gamers will experience the feeling of hitting a cutting player at just the right time for an open lay-up or driving the lane to dish to a teammate for an open jumper – this is real, intelligent, team basketball. Relive those wow moments, and experience what it is like to be Jeremy Lin and deliver the perfect pin-point alley oop pass to a high flying Tyson Chandler!
ESPN Broadcast Presentation – NBA basketball fans will enjoy a fully integrated ESPN broadcast package in NBA LIVE 13. The presentation will look, feel and sound like a real NBA broadcast, from detailed player images and arena modeling, to the on-air personalities of ESPN’s #1 commentary team of Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen, to authentic camera angles from ESPN’s TV broadcasts that will immerse players in a realistic NBA game experience.
Player Authenticity – NBA LIVE 13 features a brand new graphics engine that takes player authenticity to a whole new level! Your favorite NBA players will mirror their real-life counterparts with photorealistic star heads thanks to EA SPORTS state-of-the art technology. In addition to authentic player shoes, tattoos and hair, signature bodies enable NBA LIVE 13 to scale and map every single player to their real-life size and tailor the player model to each individual’s body composition. The game will feature a full package of signature styles for all the top NBA superstars – from look and feel to tendencies and emotions, such as Lebron James’ chase down block.
Connecting Experiences – EA SPORTS has always delivered great online experiences and NBA LIVE 13 will feature all-new online features that will keep players connected and competing all year round!