NBA Live 14: Excellent Graphics Offer Reason to Follow Basketball Franchise

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIOctober 7, 2013

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via EA Sports

On Nov. 19, 2013, EA Sports will return to the professional basketball world with NBA Live 14. This marks the series' first release since NBA Live 10, when Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Luol Deng were the cover athletes in local and international markets.

This year, it's Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers who graces the cover of a game that's already flashing phenomenal graphics. That's reason enough for you to follow this basketball franchise.

NBA Live used to be the biggest basketball franchise in the video game world, but the game hasn't been released in quite some time. With 2K Sports creating the predominant force in the sport, NBA Live 14 is pulling out all the stops to provide the best graphics possible.

Exhibit A:

It's only one player, but that looks exactly like the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year.

NBA Live 14 will have some tough competition with the wildly popular NBA 2K series having released NBA 2K14 on Oct. 1, 2013 in North America. Fortunately, NBA Live developed a rabid fanbase of its own during its time as the premier video game basketball franchise.

The recently released graphics suggest that the return of NBA Live will be memorable.

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via EA Sports

NBA fans often desire realism in video games, and Madison Square Garden certainly looks like Madison Square Garden in EA Sports' upcoming release.

NBA Live 14 appears to be committed to a greater gameplay system, and the graphics play a major role in that. Not only does that apply to the faces and body types that each player possesses, but also the tendencies and realistic approach to the game.

Something as simple as an odd-looking dribble can defeat the beauty of a play in progress.

That's something with which EA Sports is making strides, thus leading to the introduction of the bounceTek system. This scientific approach is entirely focused on the way the ball leaves a player's hand and how the athlete responds once it bounces back up.

Take a look below at the remarkable work NBA Live 14 has done to improve that seemingly minor, but truthfully significant, detail.

Passes will look more crisp and the transition between dribble and shot projects to be seamless.

These improvements all add up to NBA Live 14 offering some of the best graphics we've ever seen from a basketball franchise. This isn't to slight NBA 2K14, which has done a superb job of its own, but EA Sports' return to basketball is a major occurrence, regardless of who the competition is.

So far, the game is displaying promise.

Future details will emerge and offer a greater look at NBA Live 14, but the images that have been released already should intrigue any video game fanatic. Basketball is a game of constant motion, and if there's one thing you need to know, it's that EA Sports is committed to making its game realistic.

For anyone who's interested in the NBA or video games in general, the return of NBA Live is something you need to follow.