I've tried to be nice to NBA Live. I put many hours into the 2005 version of that game for GameCube, to be fair. But these days, it has been lapped completely by NBA 2K. This is why.
NBA Live turned Dirk into Nicholas Cage. This is horrifying. pic.twitter.com/wSWY04KOz2— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) September 18, 2015
Dirk has always been hard for video game designers to render -- I guess because of his hair? -- but seriously, come on.
to be fair, NBA Live nailed the "Chandler Parsons after a 10 day bender" look pic.twitter.com/HuofySQ4mT— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) September 18, 2015
Compared to the others, this is basically a life-sized replica.
LITERALLY NO WORDS FOR THIS ONE pic.twitter.com/4jVSt1l94E— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) September 18, 2015
Mix Barea with a hobbit and Gandalf the Grey and this is remarkably accurate.
he looks like a moon landing truther https://t.co/FQwPxCRfId— Austin (@garooya) September 18, 2015
oh goodness pic.twitter.com/lbTM4YHHwH— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) September 18, 2015
Oh, Jesus. This made the jokes too easy.
With that in mind, I tried to at least fix the rendering weight.
[NBA Live designer leans back in his chair, nods with satisfaction] "nailed it" pic.twitter.com/wn63EVvp9r— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) September 18, 2015
... like ... well ... uh ... guys ...
@tim_cato These all look like the work of a man on a 19-hour bender of burning heaters and drinking Red Bull vodkas while designing.— Casey Greene (@cgreene_30) September 18, 2015
I think so.
Jump to 4:43 to start the Mavericks.
The ratings are surprisingly normal given the renderings. Maybe ranking Wes Matthews and Deron Williams the same is a bit off and Sam Dalembert beating out Zaza Pachulia seems slightly strange, but whatever.
But the player pictures ... I think I'm still in shock.