The Secret History Of NBA Live Mobile Review
When EA reps declared they were going to be focusing on mobile for the NBA Live series, it wasn't that surprising. However, I was full of quite a little hope that NBA Live Mobile would deliver a new and interesting mobile sports gambling experience.
But following a week together with the game, I can confidently say that if the future of gaming (and sports gambling) is on mobile, we've got a lengthy way to go. Gameplay
NBA Live Mobile gets the typical mobile sports-sim experience with buttons associated with actions on the right and an electronic analog stick on the left side of the screen. For any reason, this has become the default approach to control players in these kinds of games, but that doesn't mean it's particularly fun or easy to play.
Without buttons to push, which is a consequence more of this stage than of layout, it becomes a study in focus to ensure that your fingers are in the ideal spot and prepared to deliver the perfect command.
Things like shooting and passing desire a delay to make sure you're currently currently pushing the part of the screen to deliver the control, and oftentimes this ends in a jerky feel to the gameplay's flow. I'm not certain whether this could ever be remedied not in the present layout.
The other problem with this form of controller is that it's remarkably simplistic. In NBA Live Mobile, you have two buttons on protection: a protector button and a block button. On offense you've got shoot pass and drive.
Don't get me wrong, anything greater than this likely would bring about an impossible control situation, along with the Live Mobile group has done a decent job at establishing several layers of thickness.
For example, holding down the shield button will result in you safeguarding your opponent, while tapping on on it tries a steal. You hold the drive button down and slide your finger up to the take button to dip or lay up the ball.
This is something which may be enlarged to allow a degree of control whilst maintaining the interface.
A big drawback of the gameplay is the AI in the game is incredibly simplistic and doesn't really go beyond the fundamentals. Players do not go off of the ball and there is no way to call for something as basic as an option and roll.
In short, the base at Live Mobile is solid enough for a mobile game, but this in no way replaces your games experience. Modes
NBA Live Mobile is a sport built in the Ultimate Team concept, like the other EA Sports games.
Bearing that in mind, you have live leagues, seasons, events and practice to partake in. All of this is achieved within the Ultimate Team framework of points to get cards to then make your team better.
Obviously that is the extent of your expertise with Live Mobile, and in this point, you either love the Ultimate Team concept or you hate it -- and it is doubtful your mind changes much out of that. Final Thoughts
We have to keep in mind the price of entrance into NBA Live Mobile is free, so that you can jump in and give the sport a try without a lot of skin in the game.
The gameplay is simplistic and fairly typical for a sports gaming experience that is cellular as zero new floor simply breaks. The Ultimate Team mode is something and should youn't enjoy it, there's no use in giving the game a try as your thoughts won't change.
If this is the future of sports gaming, I'm not sure I'm a lover of it. The game is above average. NBA Live Mobile does everything strong enough, and also the modes themselves seem to work without a lot of problem. The AI is kind of dumb, but you will find there's a game here to be appreciated if just for a while.
However, prospects and the experience for the future leave me searching for something entirely different soon enough.