Parents' Guide to

NBA Live 16

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun basketball sim fouled by bugs, gameplay flaws.

Game PlayStation 4, Xbox One 2015
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Though this basketball game has improved over the past three years, it's still not as good as its competition. NBA Live 16 isn't a horrible game by any stretch, but its mediocrity might frustrate virtual ballers hoping for the same caliber as Madden NFL 16, FIFA 16, and NHL 16. The game does offer tighter and more responsive controls, better artificial intelligence (offensively and defensively), and greater emotion after a big play (something EA Sports has mastered with other games), but the animations are repetitive -- which breaks the all-important suspension of disbelief -- and graphic glitches cause the ball to get stuck in a player or backboard. These could possibly be fixed with a downloadable update, so here's hoping EA Sports adds it to the list.

Though the new LIVE Pro-Am modes are a blast -- five-on-five action in a number of cool venues -- other modes such as Rising Star (i.e., Be a Pro) have issues such as a finicky points system. It's also missing some features such as deeper management options. Overall, NBA Live 16 is a mixed bag. Sure, it's a step in the right direction for EA Sports, but it's incremental compared to previous games. And that might not be good enough for a $60 purchase -- especially since another basketball game does gameplay much better.

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