The NBA Elite Demo is out for download on the Playstation Network and XBox Live. The Demo is only a tutorial which was a good idea, to get gamers use to the new control scheme of the new EA Sports Basketball Incarnation. The demo started off promising enough as it features a virtual Durant throwing down a tomahawk and as the ball exits the rim it freezes and the leather appears to be melting off. As the opening menu I was impressed and eager to see what the guys in Canada have crafted.
For the people who don't know after Live's many attempts at creating a game to compete with the 2k franchise failed EA Sports turned to the same guys who have been created the award winning NHL series year after year to see if they can't bring the same innovation to basketball. If anybody has ever played NHL this year or last from the opening tutorial it become obvious what they are trying to do, and that is take the NHL controls and incorporate them into a basketball game. Though basketball and hockey share many similarities in that 5 players are playing another 5 players goalie excluding in a closed, close combat sort of arena dribbling a basketball and moving a hockey stick are completely different.
The right stick is to shoot and dribble...I'll let you decide how good of an idea that it...the bottom part of the right stick is dribbling and the top part shooting. When you shoot the ball there is a little mete which shows how much power you got to shoot with, and the first time I shot the ball I immediatly felt like I was kicking a field goal. Not Good. But after I got use to it the shooting mechanics seemed smooth and like they would be fun to play with.
Then we get into dunking and layups, like the old Live you can choose the difference between which one you want to do. Shooting a layup felt like throwing a hook in Fight Night. Same Joystick movement.
In the end I was excited to play the demo, and I can't judge the game on a tutorial until I play an actual 5 on 5 game. But It don't seem like it is going to even come close to being as enjoyable as Jordan, Obama and the rest of the gang in 2k11. The dribbling isn't nowhere as fun or diverse as Live's were and the differentiating between dunks and layups I thought were better in Live 06. The graphics are not even close. They just seem darker and not as polished as 2k.
What do you guys think anybody play the demo?
Would you take the over or under on a 7.5 from IGN? I'm saying under.
Haha nobody even cares!!! thats hilarious
the last good live game was nba live 2003. still miss playing that game.
I liked 06 and with their right analog dribbling mechanics I really thought they were on to something. But when you were using the right stick to take people off the dribble wit Shaq from the 3 point line it became corny.
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