The Franchise Topic

Talk about NBA Live 18 here.

The Franchise Topic

Postby Andrew on Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:36 pm

Let's talk about Franchise mode in NBA Live 18 (and beyond). Any thoughts on the experience this year? How can it get better?

Even though I'm admittedly turned off by the lack of depth and the way they've approached advancing the schedule, I want to try and spend some time with a Franchise game. If nothing else, I'd like to give specific feedback on how it could get better in NBA Live 19 and beyond. In short, right now I think that a combination of some of the current features, the "push" approach in NBA Live 08, and the staff hiring of NBA Live 06, along with some of the ideas introduced in MyLEAGUE, is what I'd like to see moving forward.

There is some merit to what they've been building in NBA Live 18 though, and as far as a streamlined approach goes, it's fairly solid. It can get deeper and better, but again, I'd like to see what I can do with it. Having played a game with the Minnesota Timberwolves the other day, I'm thinking they might be a fun choice.
NLSC Webmaster/Administrator
Image
Contact: Email | Twitter
Release Threads: NBA Live 08 | NBA Live 07 | NBA Live 06 | NBA Live 2005 | NBA Live 2004
Story Threads: NBA 2K13 | NBA Live 06 (Part 2) | NBA Live 06 (HOF) | NBA Live 2004 (HOF)
NLSC: Podcast | The Friday Five | Monday Tip-Off | Wayback Wednesday | 20th Anniversary of NBA Live | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube


Support The NLSC Hosting Fund: Patreon | GoFundMe

Image
Like my work? Want to help out with the NLSC Hosting Fund? Please consider leaving a tip!
User avatar
Andrew
45? That's a bad luck number!
Administrator
 
Posts: 103360
Joined: Thu Aug 22, 2002 8:51 pm
Location: Australia

Re: The Franchise Topic

Postby iceinmyveins on Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:02 am

I think the mode is pretty solid, other than the load times. I'm getting used to it, though. I'm definitely seeing two full seasons through with my Lakers and Spurs. With me being done with 2K (beat the Cavs, woo!) Live is going to be my main sports focus. The upgradeable skills feature seems nice. There's a lot that I like about the menus, honestly.

I recommend the T'Wolves. I got drafted there and am enjoying The One a good deal, and the street ball stuff too.

LUT is even growing on me. I shredded the Warriors with Harden (don't look right in a Lakers jersey!) and the challenges seem really neat and I see the effort. Can't wait to take on Ginobili & Dirk... For beating the Warriors, I got Durant for two games and LeBron for Christmas I guess?

Anyway, officially started my Franchise w/LAL for good this time now that all real-life trades are done. I got some ideas. Beat the Clippers. I chose to start with the current roster (even though it only gave me 2 million in cap space). I think it's *unlikely* that Isaiah Thomas sticks around or re-signs with the Lakers (but even he says he'd like to show them reason to sign him back), but I'm giving it a shot with Lonzo at SG (as they no longer have Clarkson around). First game was somewhat promising. Glad they kept Randle... I could've shredded Lopez and Thomas but reckoned I'd go with the current roster and just fiddle with it in-season.

I think I might make a trade. Most likely going to cut Deng. I might even bring back D'Angelo, lol.

And most of all--CAN'T WAIT--to start back with my Spurs. I gotta wait, though, cuz I typically sign some new players or make "offseason" trades to continue my narrative as it were a continuous Spurs team over the years (from NBA Live 10-2K14-2K16-2K17-Live 18). I think I might go for Avery Bradley or other "Spurs"-ish players that might make sense. Almost time for Tony Parker to call it quits. Already retired Ginobili even though he just won't stop in RL, lol. Still rolling with Gasol (signed him first before the actual Spurs did, haha). But basically, looking forward to it. Already got a separate roster file ready to tweak for any new players/trades I make before launching the franchise.

I'm just happy that Live is back. Hopefully, they're back-back!

(Y)

:D
User avatar
iceinmyveins
 
Posts: 30
Joined: Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:09 am

Re: The Franchise Topic

Postby Andrew on Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:05 am

For me it's still missing a bit too much depth, and I'm not a fan of the week-at-a-time simulation approach, at least compared to the traditional day-by-day calendar. I don't think it works for the NBA.
NLSC Webmaster/Administrator
Image
Contact: Email | Twitter
Release Threads: NBA Live 08 | NBA Live 07 | NBA Live 06 | NBA Live 2005 | NBA Live 2004
Story Threads: NBA 2K13 | NBA Live 06 (Part 2) | NBA Live 06 (HOF) | NBA Live 2004 (HOF)
NLSC: Podcast | The Friday Five | Monday Tip-Off | Wayback Wednesday | 20th Anniversary of NBA Live | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube


Support The NLSC Hosting Fund: Patreon | GoFundMe

Image
Like my work? Want to help out with the NLSC Hosting Fund? Please consider leaving a tip!
User avatar
Andrew
45? That's a bad luck number!
Administrator
 
Posts: 103360
Joined: Thu Aug 22, 2002 8:51 pm
Location: Australia

Re: The Franchise Topic

Postby Dee4Three on Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:22 am

For a sports title in 2017-18, it's really dissapointing that we can't control more than one team in a franchise. We should be able to control multiple teams, do a fantasy draft, etc. That's a very basic feature that encourages other people to join in on the fun (locally or online).

I'm not saying they need to have an online franchise option, but locally being able to choose multiple teams is a must.
"I don't know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody - somewhere - was practicing more than me." - Larry Bird

Check out my YouTube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvHJXrqit8Dc6HBY5P6EmAA
User avatar
Dee4Three
Contributor
Contributor
 
Posts: 6014
Joined: Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:34 pm
Location: New Hampshire, USA

Re: The Franchise Topic

Postby [Q] on Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:23 am

Admittedly I simmed through the season, playing a few playoff games with the warriors to get the trophy. I mean, it's okay but the framework is there. It just needs depth. A lot of it. Having a 17 man roster with two way contracts is a must for next year
Image
User avatar
[Q]
NBA Live 18 Advocate
NLSC Team Member
 
Posts: 12574
Joined: Tue Oct 01, 2002 8:20 am
Location: Westside, the best side

Re: The Franchise Topic

Postby cavs4872 on Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:47 pm

I think a lot of my enjoyment from this mode comes from the gameplay just being a nice change of pace from 2K (and really nothing is wrong with it, it's just not as smooth), but do CPU teams ever make trades in this mode? On two separate saves, I simmed a season on one and a season and a half on the other and the CPU never made a trade.
Image It's a race to the finish between my two Cavs stories!: 2K18 | 09: The Inside
User avatar
cavs4872
 
Posts: 1495
Joined: Mon May 25, 2009 7:30 am
Location: Cleveland, OH

Re: The Franchise Topic

Postby Andrew on Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:03 pm

They don't, which is one of the major problems with the mode.
NLSC Webmaster/Administrator
Image
Contact: Email | Twitter
Release Threads: NBA Live 08 | NBA Live 07 | NBA Live 06 | NBA Live 2005 | NBA Live 2004
Story Threads: NBA 2K13 | NBA Live 06 (Part 2) | NBA Live 06 (HOF) | NBA Live 2004 (HOF)
NLSC: Podcast | The Friday Five | Monday Tip-Off | Wayback Wednesday | 20th Anniversary of NBA Live | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube


Support The NLSC Hosting Fund: Patreon | GoFundMe

Image
Like my work? Want to help out with the NLSC Hosting Fund? Please consider leaving a tip!
User avatar
Andrew
45? That's a bad luck number!
Administrator
 
Posts: 103360
Joined: Thu Aug 22, 2002 8:51 pm
Location: Australia

Re: The Franchise Topic

Postby cavs4872 on Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:01 am

Oh my God, that's game-breaking. I was actually thinking about starting a franchise story with the Cavs too, as I had a blast with the actual gameplay. In some respect, it may be better than having unrealistic trades you can't control, but this is still pretty bad. I don't even think you can make trades if you're over the cap either. This is an utter shame as I love the gameplay.
Image It's a race to the finish between my two Cavs stories!: 2K18 | 09: The Inside
User avatar
cavs4872
 
Posts: 1495
Joined: Mon May 25, 2009 7:30 am
Location: Cleveland, OH

Re: The Franchise Topic

Postby Andrew on Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:02 am

It's functionality that was in older games, so it's definitely disappointing. I know a lot of people are about the career mode and the connected experiences these days, but it's still important to have a robust and relatively deep Franchise mode as well.
NLSC Webmaster/Administrator
Image
Contact: Email | Twitter
Release Threads: NBA Live 08 | NBA Live 07 | NBA Live 06 | NBA Live 2005 | NBA Live 2004
Story Threads: NBA 2K13 | NBA Live 06 (Part 2) | NBA Live 06 (HOF) | NBA Live 2004 (HOF)
NLSC: Podcast | The Friday Five | Monday Tip-Off | Wayback Wednesday | 20th Anniversary of NBA Live | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube


Support The NLSC Hosting Fund: Patreon | GoFundMe

Image
Like my work? Want to help out with the NLSC Hosting Fund? Please consider leaving a tip!
User avatar
Andrew
45? That's a bad luck number!
Administrator
 
Posts: 103360
Joined: Thu Aug 22, 2002 8:51 pm
Location: Australia

Re: The Franchise Topic

Postby nextnba on Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:16 am

It’s frustrating that you can’t play other teams. Even if you can’t GM more than one team, it should at least allow us to play other teams through the schedule. It’s frustrating that it doesn’t have a My League mode like 2k that allows you to play and control a whole season.
nextnba
 
Posts: 630
Joined: Wed Dec 22, 2004 2:29 am

Re: The Franchise Topic

Postby iceinmyveins on Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:10 am

Having played a few games now with my Spurs (having a good time so far) and my Lakers (although I've lost interest in them, lol), I do wish that we could play practice or something as that was something I liked doing in 2K. I'm still trying to learn controls (especially in the post) since I have Gasol, but not being able to go into a scrimmage or something is annoying.

I also turned down settings to where the CPU contesting my shots doesn't seem to have a big effect on me making shots, so the game is flowing better so far. Definitely looking forward to making a run at the title. Although I am fond of my players on the team, I may try to make a trade, wonder how well that works in this mode.

Other minor issues...you can't change jersey numbers or positions. Being able to adjust rotations mostly makes it not a problem, but I think it affects substitutions that I want to do for lineups on the floor, still not too problematic though.

Maybe with Live 19, EA will split the focus on both "career" mode and franchise, as lots of Live fans enjoy this mode and it seems more attention was given to The One and it shows. Definitely not as many features as 2K's version, like how you can scout other teams and just a lack of detail in general. The potential is there, for sure, though.

With a custom roster, I've also noticed you can't play a "Play Now" game with a custom roster or practice/shootaround with one. Even when I load my custom roster as the "Active" roster, it all reverts back to the latest EA roster update. Not a problem if you're not using a custom roster, but if you have a custom team like my Spurs, you just can't practice with them, lol.
User avatar
iceinmyveins
 
Posts: 30
Joined: Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:09 am

Re: The Franchise Topic

Postby Andrew on Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:27 am

You should be able to play a Play Now game with a custom roster, as far as I'm aware.
NLSC Webmaster/Administrator
Image
Contact: Email | Twitter
Release Threads: NBA Live 08 | NBA Live 07 | NBA Live 06 | NBA Live 2005 | NBA Live 2004
Story Threads: NBA 2K13 | NBA Live 06 (Part 2) | NBA Live 06 (HOF) | NBA Live 2004 (HOF)
NLSC: Podcast | The Friday Five | Monday Tip-Off | Wayback Wednesday | 20th Anniversary of NBA Live | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube


Support The NLSC Hosting Fund: Patreon | GoFundMe

Image
Like my work? Want to help out with the NLSC Hosting Fund? Please consider leaving a tip!
User avatar
Andrew
45? That's a bad luck number!
Administrator
 
Posts: 103360
Joined: Thu Aug 22, 2002 8:51 pm
Location: Australia


Return to NBA Live 18

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests