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Coming Soon Magazine
EA Sports has once again displayed an unprecedented level of excellence in it's first basketball game for the next generation systems, NBA Live '96. A host of options, real 3D stadiums, realistic monster dunks, and that patented EA Sports game play lead the way into the best basketball simulation to date. PlayStation sports buffs will finally get a chance to play something other than NFL GameDay on their PSX.
Though not a graphic masterpiece, EA's Live '96 has just about everything else a growin' boy needs. Most importantly the game plays better than anything currently available. These developers are truly masters of this genre. With games like Live '96, EA may again reign supreme. Then again, the competition is becoming increasingly furious.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
NBA Live '96 is simply the best. As far as the game itself, it could have been better in some aspects. As a whole, realism hits this game right in the bull's eye, but the realism in gameplay need some touches. With the game's new look, these standards will be hard to beat.
The vast array of options and features make Live the most versatile and complete basketball game yet. That doesn't mean the game's perfect - it's far from that - but until something better comes along, it remains the king of console hardwood.
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Also, using the Virtual Stadium technology, the gameplay will up itself a couple of notches, adding more camera angles and that certain something that we players can't put a finger on, but which is definitely there (is that too technical for you?). This is a must-have for sports fans.
At last a basketball simulation that employs strategy. Complete rosters included. Tactics may be changed at any time during the game. Captures the essence of NBA basketball, the others just don't compare to the reigning champions of sports EA Sports.
Live truly shines when it comes to its totally realistic and easy-to-call plays. There are 16 quick calls you can choose from each of the seven offensive sets, plus more options and stats than any other game. However, there is a down side. The players tend to look as if they're sliding around on ice skates at times, and the fouls can get a little out of control. These faults aside, NBA Live '96 is a great basketball game that'll have you playing when you should very well be doing other things, like working or spending time with your family. Oh well, who needs that when there's great games like these?
Live '96 has more depth than In the Zone, but everything that Live can do, NBA Shoot Out does better. Live may play well on it's own, but for gamers deciding which b-ball title to buy, it fails to make the cut.