NBA Live 13 Cancelled

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ea-logo.pngIt started with the cancellation of NBA Elite 11. EA then took two years or so off to redo their basketball game and announced their return earlier this year with NBA Live 13. Now they’ve cancelled that as well.

NBA Live 13 was cancelled because it didn’t meet their internal expectations. I commend them for making a call like that but I’m also baffled by this announcement. I can’t believe with all that time, they’re still unable to produce something worthwhile. Who do they have working on this game?

In the meantime, the NBA 2K series will continue to reign uncontested.

FYI: Jet Set Radio, Massive BF3 Patch Coming

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  • Massive Battlefield 3 patch detailed — release date unknown (via Battlefield Blog)
  • Jet Set Radio PSN/XBLA release teased (via Sega Blog)
  • NBA Elite is dead; NBA Live is set to return (via GamaSutra)

The list of changes for that upcoming Battlefield 3 patch is impressive and cannot come soon enough. Balance changes are nice, but I hope they address the numerous bugs and glitches as well.

I played Jet Set Radio quite a bit on my Dreamcast. It was stylish and simple to pick up, but I didn’t like the controls. It didn’t always register my spray paint commands. I blamed the Dreamcast controller and the game back then, but with the PSN/XBLA release, one of those culprits/excuses will be axed –that is if I decide to pick it up.

It’s good to see EA get back into making NBA basketball games after NBA Elite died a horrible death a couple of years ago. I hope the time off yields some amazing results for them because competition is a good thing. We can’t have the NBA 2K series run around uncontested. Having the Madden games rule all of football is enough.

NBA Elite 11 Canceled; I Finally Tried NBA 2K11

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ea-logo.pngEA Canada’s NBA Elite team must have fucked up really badly for this to have happened.

A month or so after the indefinite delay of NBA Elite 11, Electronic Arts finally announced the demise of this year’s installment/reboot of their basketball franchise.

And since EA Canada screwed up so badly, the franchise was removed from EA Canada’s care and moved to EA Tiburon in Orlando. Ouch. To top it off, they laid off a slew of unspecified employees — but it’s a safe bet that a majority of them were probably from the NBA Elite 11 team.

My brother have been basketball game fans for a long time; specifically the NBA LIVE series for its ease of play. Unfortunately, thanks to his affinity with the easy to pick up controls of EA’s series, we never gave the NBA 2K series a fair shake since the DreamCast days. (I never cared that much about sports games to pick them up.)

Now thanks to the delay/cancellation of NBA Elite 11 and a free rental coupon, we finally got a chance to try the highly rated NBA 2K11.

We both agree that it’s really, really good — excellent even. NBA Elite 12 will need to do a lot to win us over next year.

I guess this is what happens when you miss a year.

Checkpoint: October 2009 Gaming Edition


First week of October is here so let’s take a look at this month’s noteworthy gaming line-up.

Week of Oct. 6

  • Demon’s Souls (PS3)
    • A seemingly tough JRPG with a western aesthetic. I’m intrigued by it and would love to play it, but it’s an incredibly crowded month.
  • NBA Live 10 (360, PS3, PSP)
    • Surprisingly, my brother isn’t picking up an NBA game this season.
  • Wii Fit Plus
    • It’s a nice replacement for new comers, but is it worth picking up for current owners? My mom says no.
  • Afrika (PS3)
    • An African safari simulator. I’d love to try this out.
  • MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PSP, PS2)
    • It’s MotorStorm for the PSP and PS2. Intrigued, but that’s about it.
  • Critter Crunch (PSN)
    • It came out on iPhone already and if it wasn’t for the attractive price tag of $6.99, I wouldn’t have given this a second look. But here we are.

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