Even among gamerpoint whores, some achievements just have to be written off. Getting 10,000 kills online in Gears of War, perhaps. Or just about flipping anything in Ridge Racer 6. NBA Live 07 certainly has one - it demands that you be "online with 1,000 people".
Another year, another broken NBA Live on 360. While not as busted as Live 06, the addition of more features actually makes the problems with NBA Live 07 all the more apparent. It looks like shit on the court, and the controls aren't responsive enough. And in any videogame that requires quick reflexes, stiff controls are the absolute worst crime imaginable. It's the badger baiting of videogames.
Perhaps the faults are more of an insult because it comes from EA Sports, a team that no matter how much you might hate because they 'just do yearly updates' and all that other hating nonsense, can still produce some of the most complete videogames in the charts. We expect lesser companies to cock up, but not EA Sports. With NBA Live 07 it's not only dropped the ball, but hoofed it over to the competition while twisting its own ankle.
Where Live 06 came to 360 with almost all the best features chopped out compared to the current-gen version, Live 07 goes some way to stuffing the better modes back into the box, but without addressing the majority of problems from last year. So we get the Dynasty mode and NBA All-Star Weekend, complete with the Rookie Challenge, 3-Point Shoot Out and Slam Dunk contest, but each addition is hampered by the shoddy control mechanisms and awful animations.
EA's planning to have more than one of its sports titles available at the launch of PlayStation 3, the company said yesterday.
That shouldn't come as a surprise obviously, as EA's typically very supportive of platform launches - even rustling up four games (of varying quality) for the Xbox 360's rollout last Christmas.
And that's not to mention the cringeworthy pledge of support made by EA head honcho Larry Probst at E3. "Kutaragi-san, thank you for your leadership and vision - you can count on EA's support every step of the way," he told an audience at Sony's conference. Blegh.