Again, NBA Live Quietly Distances Itself From Past Failures

Reading between the lines of an open letter by NBA Live's new executive producer, one understands that whatever comes next in that franchise is really no continuation of last year's effort, which, like its 2010 predecessor, was aborted a few weeks before its assumed date of release. » 6/22/13 3:00pm 6/22/13 3:00pm

Aliens: Colonial Marines Should Have Followed the Example of Sports'…

Inside a publisher or a studio, there are few surprises when a video game bombs in its reviews. Before it goes from gold master to warehouse to retailer, the focus groups are empaneled, the "mock reviewers" are contracted, and their verdicts are in. Everyone knows roughly where the game will land in the all-controlling… » 2/17/13 3:30pm 2/17/13 3:30pm

Despite Three Years Without a Game, the NBA Stands By Its Man at EA

On Sept. 27, EA Sports scrapped NBA Live 13 » 10/12/12 9:00pm 10/12/12 9:00pm, the second straight cancellation in the series' troubled history. Quarterly earnings calls are coming soon and many will be listening intently for anything Electronic Arts has to say about an expensive license, coming to the end of a console generation, that hasn't produced …

If It Hasn't Already, EA Sports Should Get Out of the NBA

It's at least a five-day drive from Burnaby, British Columbia to Maitland, Fla.—if you're using Google Maps, that is. I have no idea what route you'll get from Apple Maps, last week's most conspicuous failure in the world of consumer software.


Coming in a close second is NBA Live, a game that hasn't been on shelves… » 9/30/12 6:30pm 9/30/12 6:30pm

NBA Live 13 is, Basically, Delayed, Although This Trailer Suggests It…

NBA Live 13 » 9/13/12 3:30pm 9/13/12 3:30pm is effectively delayed indefinitely. While EA Sports may say the game isn't, technically, delayed because it was never given a release date, the publisher today acknowledged many had expected it to release Oct. 2 alongside competitor , and said it's giving the development team more time to shore up a game…

It Lives! Here's 10 Minutes of Gameplay from NBA Live 13 [Update]

After more than two months of nearly total radio silence » 8/21/12 12:30pm 8/21/12 12:30pm from EA Sports and the team, skeptical sports gamers figured the series' return was either in trouble, delayed, This video spotted by , which shows 11 minutes of the game from boot-up to the first quarter horn, suggests otherwise. It's the Miami Heat versus…

If Your Game Isn't Getting Patched, Consider It a Warning

THQ found the time to re-rate fighters for UFC Undisputed 3 » 8/09/12 6:00pm 8/09/12 6:00pm a third time but still hasn't delivered a patch for the game, now six months after its release, despite THQ's promises it would continue to support the title even after the news it sold the license to EA Sports.

For NBA Live, an Uncomfortable Silence Speaks for Itself

Let's be candid. As a licensed sports video game, when your series hasn't been on shelves in three years—a gap not seen since the days games were played on cartridges—you really face just one expectation and it's a pretty low bar: Just come out. Launch. Release on time. Somehow, over the past week, NBA Live » 8/05/12 8:00pm 8/05/12 8:00pm has left…

No, NBA Live 13 Has Not Been Secretly Canceled

Yesterday, Electronic Arts mentioned just three console and/or PC releases » 8/01/12 1:30pm 8/01/12 1:30pm coming up between October and the end of the year, and was not on the list. Given the series' troubled history, an E3 reveal widely judged to be a flop, and near silence from EA Sports since then, sports gamers took this as a sign the…

NBA Live 13 Bounces Back With Its First Five Screenshots

My exclusive first look at NBA Live 13 was illustrated by a screen that was a deliberately chosen tease. EA Sports wanted to show a little leg on Friday before giving you the full monty at E3. The publisher just released a batch of five screens showing off the player modeling in the game, but pay attention to the… » 6/05/12 11:00am 6/05/12 11:00am