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Last year (season?) EA's NBA Live (NBA Live 06) for the Xbox 360 was more than a little disappointing. Like it's professional football cousin, Madden 06 for the Xbox 360, NBA Live 06 left out a lot of features from the game. While the basic game was there, there was a serious lack of depth in the game, with no "Franchise mode" and little or no other features.
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This season, EA and their partner developers have rectified most of those complaints about the game. There's a new NBA Dynasty mode, a new NBA All-Star weekend mode, and (as noted on the packaging) an unprecedented level of ESPN integration in the game.
The ESPN integration includes ESPN radio broadcasts and more up-to-the-minute real sports information that is available from within the game. While setting up games, or in between games in the dynasty mode schedule or other "game lobby" areas, game players can listen to the ESPN personalities provide reports on the day's sporting events. It's a great addition, and a nice "little touch" for the gamers that choose NBA Live 07 over its 2K Sports competition (NBA 2K7).
Unfortunately, though, gamers that do make the choice of NBA Live 07 over NBA 2K7 may be losing out on the better game.
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