NBA 2K16 vs. NBA Live 16 Head to Head Review

Measurable #3: Content

NBA 2K16: NBA 2K16 has some new features and much of what made 2K15 great, back again for another go-around. The blacktop online mode played well, when it worked, and this version seems to be much more steady and stable. The story mode, MyPlayer, developed by Spike Lee himself, feels solid even if about as corny as last years. It at least incorporates more of a complete story than just some casual passing in a hallway between competing players like the last. Dynasty mode adds the chance to act as your own GM just like previous years and remains largely unchanged. The game isn’t going to revolutionize the content but it has what everyone looks for in a sports sim.

Final GradeB

NBA Live 16: NBA Live 16 has a solid amount of content as well. Live Pro-Am is like blacktop mode, connecting you with friends and promoting both indoor casual play as well as arena play that is more traditional than the run and gun of the streets. The issues come if you are not playing with people you know as much of the online sports games go, when playing on the same team. It turns into ball hogging and focusing on singular players instead of a team focus. It’s nothing that EA has done wrong, but is the nature of the beast. Dynasty mode exists here too, as does a companion app that, unlike NBA 2K16, focuses on making your player look just like you. When tested, differing from the results at E3, it worked well and put me into the center of the game. However, it becomes a grind to get your player where you want them with no story line to follow and nothing but putting new clothing on them that really changes much about what you are playing.

Final Grade: B

Aaron Cooley Themm
HR Professional by day, Freelance Writer and VLOGGER by night! Check out my opinion pieces at ThisGenGaming.com and while you are at it, jump to youtube.com where you can see my videos from Dumbbells and Joysticks focused on Video Games and Fitness/Nutrition. (You'll also be able to tune into the Video Game side of things on ThisGenGaming too!)
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Aaron Cooley Themm

HR Professional by day, Freelance Writer and VLOGGER by night! Check out my opinion pieces at ThisGenGaming.com and while you are at it, jump to youtube.com where you can see my videos from Dumbbells and Joysticks focused on Video Games and Fitness/Nutrition. (You'll also be able to tune into the Video Game side of things on ThisGenGaming too!)
  • Jeromy Hodges

    Well how the game looks is all that matters anyway, right? 2k is crap.

    • Mike Henderson

      I agree…2k stinks. I haven’t played live…but I am sure that I will never purchase another 2k game in my life.

      • Doug Hutchison

        I have 2k15 and chose 2k because EA is terrible and unfortunately have exclusive rights to NFL. I have always liked 2k over EA but Im willing to try Live 16, just dont have a good reason to yet.

      • John

        No. You do not know what basketball is. You have not experienced 2k16 then. Just stop

  • Mike Henderson

    In the 4th tab (Gameplay), it talks about NBA 2k16, but when compared to Live, it only mentions NBA Live 14 and 15…was this just a foul up? or are you just comparing 2k16 to Live 15? That seems unfair.

  • Sheunesu

    The guy probably made a mistake when he did this and thought live 15 or 2k15 was this year’s games

  • RagsOnYouSchwags

    lol, why the eff would anyone listen to a dude who can’t even figure out if he’s comparing 2016 versions or 2015 versions. go back and get your ged dude, then come back and write some reviews, mmkay?

  • Jimmy

    If we are talking straight visual fidelity and the realism of the faces and bodies of the players NBA Live 16 looks loads better. NBA 2K16 looks a little cartoony.