Normally when a new video game is released, the buzz around it is generally positive. This is especially true when it comes to the sports genre. Large video game producers commonly release an updated version of a prior platform so new implementations and tweaks typically turn out appropriately.
Well, this time around Electronic Arts really dropped the ball as the release of their demo of NBA Live 16 shocked the world. Player likeness was the biggest issue as too many times there was none! Not only did they fail to resemble their real life counterparts, but many athletes were downright scary looking. Did no one at EA hear about the Pierre the Pelican fiasco?
For our purposes, lets focus on Luke Babbitt.
HINES WARD FIRST PLAYER TO EVER BE IN MADDEN & NBA LIVE (pic via @Steve_OS ) pic.twitter.com/p7YUfn6zk2— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) September 18, 2015
That's right, it appears the editors over at EA Sports thought it was fine to substitute Babbitt and his glorious locks for a retired NFL player, Hines Ward. How one goes from the picture at the top of the article to their result is beyond comprehension.
Were there such recent detrimental budget costs that eliminated not only knowledgeable basketball minds but common sense altogether? When EA's editors went through the database looking for errors, did they all agree their selection was close enough to the real Luke Babbitt?
Check out some of their other mistakes.
There was no attempt of effort for Jason Smith. ZERO #NBALive16 They didn't even make him white. pic.twitter.com/f3bEaqP7CC— $mallz (@SmallzTV) September 18, 2015
Is this Tyler Johnson or Johnny Depp playing Whitey Bulger? pic.twitter.com/bGSNta5FHn— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) September 18, 2015
NBA Live copy pasta'd a player or the Lakers cloned Kristaps? You decide! (h/t @talkhoops) http://t.co/qVqbxU2x4w pic.twitter.com/UhT0bnkqDN— Silver Screen & Roll (@LakersSBN) September 18, 2015
With all of the negative backlash, EA apparently had a number of employees working overtime last night. Have a look at a few of their tweets from this morning.
How players can expect @IAmJustise, @THEwillieCS15 and @KELLYOUBREJR to look when #NBALIVE16 releases 9/29. pic.twitter.com/LIZXZLswVh— EA SPORTS NBA LIVE (@EASPORTSNBA) September 19, 2015
How @KingJames looks in #NBALIVE16 right now. pic.twitter.com/QqqofcFu9y— EA SPORTS NBA LIVE (@EASPORTSNBA) September 19, 2015
With NBA Live premiering in 1995, an error of this magnitude should have been implausible, yet here we are twenty years later wondering WTF. Were I still actively glued to a Playstation or X-box, there is no doubt I'd completely ignore their upcoming September 29th release of NBA Live 16.
In this age of gaming, often times the line between fantasy and reality gets blurred; however, EA managed to take us back to the 1980s when Atari dominated the scene despite most of their games appearing as nothing more than blocks of pixels on a television screen. Thus, it's kind of a laugher to think EA Sports was confident it would give 2K16 a run for it's money.
Haha, no way and no thanks.