NBA Live 96 Reviews (PlayStation)

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Coming Soon Magazine (Jun 14, 1996)
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.
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GameFan Magazine (May, 1996)
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.
88
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.
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Mega Fun (Apr, 1996)
Tja EA, aus dem Referenz-Titel wird leider nichts. Hauptgrund: im Vergleich zur Konkurrenz wirkt die 32 Bit-Fortsetzung technisch einfach zu bieder. Während bei Sonys Total NBA ‘96 riesige Polygon-Recken und feinste Motion Capture-Technik für ein authentisches Spielgefühl sorgen, wirken EAs kleine Basketball-Recken dagegen regelrecht kümmerlich. Vor allem die unfreiwillig komisch wirkenden Lauf-Bewegungen und einige nicht logische Kollisionsabfragen (nach einem Schupser in der Sprungphase “legt sich der gefoulte Spieler in die Luft“) sorgen für Einbußen bezüglich der Atmosphäre. Die Spielbarkeit ist indessen sehr gut: Die Steuerung ist einfach zu erlernen und auch mit dem Gameplay kommt man schon nach wenigen Minuten zurecht. Pässe finden fast immer ihre Anspielstation und in der Defensive klappen die Steals und Schups-Einlagen dank guter Übersicht ausgesprochen gut. (...) Hätte EA das Game mit einer spektakuläreren Technik präsentiert wäre sicherlich noch mehr drin gewesen.
84
Game Players (Jun, 1996)
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.
82
Video Games (Apr, 1996)
Nach “In The Zone“, “Total NBA“ und nun “NBA Live“ (von “NBA JAM“ mal abgesehen, das in eine eigene Kategorie gehört) fällt die Wahl langsam wirklich schwer. Optionstechnisch liegt EA Sports zwar eindeutig vorne, für meinen Geschmack sind die Spieler dafür einen Tick zu klein (wenn nicht sogar häßlich) geraten, aber das ist sicher Geschmackssache. Außerdem fliegen gefoulte Gegner hier sehr weit, was nicht ganz zum realistischen Gesamtansatz paßt. Richtig was zu mäkeln gibt es allerdings nicht. (...) Spielerisch ist natürlich ebenso alles in Butter. (...) Daß man Dank der guten Steuerung mit etwas Übung selbst solche Basketball-Höhenflüge per Joypad hinlegen kann, motiviert wirklich ungemein. Wer bereits eines der Konkurrenzprodukte ein gesackt hat, kommt an “NBA Live“ trotzdem nur schwer vorbei. Alleine schon wegen der umfangreichen Statistiken lohnt sich ein Zweitkauf.
80
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.
70
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.
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IGN (Nov 25, 1996)
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?
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GamePro (US) (Jun, 1996)
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.