The NBA Live series has been disappointing for some time now and EA had a big task if they were going to turn around the franchises fortunes and come out on top of 2K's NBA2K10 this year.
EA have done a great job with this game and it is now a true challenger again with 2K's efforts. The gameplay is fun and simple once again with more in depth plays to call if you are an experienced player. Shooting is assigned to one button which you hold and release, this works really well and is the best way this can be handled in a game. Passing can be done freestyle now as you hold down the trigger and flick the stick in the direction you would like. This is great for driving into the paint and kicking the ball out for an open 3.
The presentation of this game is stylish and the courts gleam as they would in real life. The player likenesses are a bit hit and miss but generally have some resemblence to their real life counterparts. The commentators have a select range of comments and you will be likely to hear the same things repeated match after match. This is slightly dissapointing as the size of the bluray disc could allow for much more voice work. The squeak of shoes and the swish of knocking down a shot however are replicated very well, along with the team specific chants and the crown noise in general, for example you will hear the chant of MVP as LeBron takes free throws at the Q.
With basketball games it is this or 2K10 and this year you once again have a choice as this is a true return to form for the series and well worth picking up if you like the game.