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Gamers love demos because we get to try out a new title to make sure it's up to snuff before we spend our hard earned dollars. Publishers normally oblige when they believe the demo has a chance to win over players and get them to pony up the cash for the full release. But every once and a while a clunker releases that not only shatters any hope of the final game being good, it makes you question the sanity of the person who green lit the demo in the first place.
Case in point NBA Elite 11, the basketball reboot EA Sports hopes will close the gap between them and the long-standing better hoops option, NBA 2K11. As soon as the demo released, YouTube videos starting appearing that showcased just how broken the demo was. First came Lakers center Andrew Bynum striking a Jesus Christ pose at mid-court:
That's just the tip of the iceberg. Then someone figured out a way to exploit the new shot stick controls. In NBA Elite, the success of your shot is determined by how straight you move the right analog stick upwards and the timing of your release. One clever gamer discovered that when you shoot a hook shot, which has a different shooting mechanic, it eliminates the need to time your shot perfectly. To make matters worse, you can take a hook shot from anywhere on the court! Watch the parade of threes rain down in this video:
Then there's my personal favorite – a video that shows the basketball traveling through the head and body of rebounder Emeka Okafor. Notice the player's limbs also travel through his body. THROUGH HIS BODY!!
Not exactly a ringing endorsement for your product. I'm not sure who at EA Canada approved this demo, but I think it's safe to say he or she's not going to have a glowing review at year's end.
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but I think it's safe to say he or she's not going to have a glowing review at year's end.
O i love that part more than the article itself
had to stop the first vid... im watchin at werk and almost busted out laughing in the middle of the office ... hahahaha ... i gotta watch the rest later ... hahaha .. that dude playing is crackin me up
These videos aren't working for me. I'm not seeing any glitches or anything; all that shows up is the violent, horrible death of a franchise. Strange.
I see why they're selling the NBA Jam 360 and PS3 versions with this game now...
Maybe this is what Canadians think basketball is really like.
That guy playing the game in the first video made me laugh pretty hard, but the circumstances he was describing in his rather colorful language made me burst out laughing...hilarious!
Didn't like the demo at all, and I didn't even see any glitches. Oh well, if there's a basketball game I gonna play this year, it's 2K11.
Well I can say for certain I wouldn't get near this game when it comes out even IF I was interested in basketball games. Got to wonder who let this demo even come out this broken...
So flippin' hilarious. I was crying during the first one. Thanks for sharing.
*watches first video* Is that you, Biggie?
THey wanted to make them all super human.
I'm speechless after those awful videos.
Video 3... well that's just good collision detection.
Wow.Definitly a way NOT to realease a game demo.
This is another reason why EA needs to cut their losses and never make another non NBA street basketball game again.
Too funny. That first video cracked me up when the guy finally noticed his player in the default arms out pose XD
On the topic of games that shattered your hopes for the final product, mine would have to be the recent Quantum Theory O.O That stuff is baaaad...
How about Arcania Gothic 4. The game itself is just bad. Then you add in the demo and interface and it just gets purely disastrous.