When EA reps declared they were going to be focusing on cellular for the NBA Live
series, it wasn't that surprising. However, I was filled with quite a bit of hope that NBA Live Mobile will provide a new and interesting mobile sports gambling experience.
However, following a week with the sport, I could confidently state that when the future of gambling (and sports gambling) is on mobile, we have got a very long way to go. Gameplay
NBA Live Mobile has the normal mobile sports-sim experience with buttons associated with tasks on the right along with a digital analog stick on the left side of the screen. For whatever reason, this has become the default approach to control players but that doesn't mean it's simple or particularly enjoyable to playwith.
Without physical buttons to push, which is a result more of this stage than of design, it becomes a study in focus to ensure that that your fingers are in the ideal place and prepared to deliver the command that is right.
Things such as passing and shooting consistently need a delay to make sure you're currently pushing at the part of the display and oftentimes this results in a pretty jerky sense to the flow of the gameplay. I am not certain if this could ever be remedied not in the layout.
The other problem with this form of controller is that it's incredibly simplistic. In NBA Live Mobile, you've got two buttons on defense: a protector button and a block button. On offense you've got pass, shoot and drive.
Don't get me wrong, anything greater than this probably would bring about an impossible control scenario, and also the Live Mobile team has done an adequate job at establishing several layers of thickness.
While tapping it attempts a steal for instance, holding down the guard button will result in you guarding your opponent. You hold the drive button down and slide your finger up into the take button to dunk or lay up the ball.
This is likely something that can be enlarged while keeping the interface that is easy to enable a degree of control.
A drawback of the gameplay is the AI in the game is incredibly simplistic and doesn't really go beyond the fundamentals. Players don't move much from the ball and there is no method to call for something as basic as a pick and roll.
In a nutshell, the foundation at Live Mobile is solid enough for a mobile game, but this by no means replaces your games experience. Modes
NBA Live Mobile is a game built on the Ultimate Team concept, like the other EA Sports games.
You have live seasons, events, leagues and practice to participate in. All of this is achieved inside the Ultimate Team framework of making points to get cards to then make your team better.
Obviously that's the extent of your expertise with Live Mobile, and at this time, you either love the Ultimate Team concept or you hate it -- and it's doubtful your mind changes much out of that. Final Thoughts
We have to keep in mind the price of entry into NBA Live Mobile is absolutely free, so you can jump in and give the sport a try without much skin in the game.
The gameplay is simplistic and average for a mobile sports gaming experience as the game breaks zero new ground. The Ultimate Team mode is something that you've already made your mind up on, and there is no point in giving the sport a try as it won't alter your thoughts should youn't like it.
Overall, 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 solid enough, and the modes themselves seem to function without much of a issue. The AI is kinda dumb, but you will find there's a sport here to be enjoyed if just for a short while.
However, the expertise and prospects for the future certainly leave me searching for something entirely different in the cell space enough.