If you love basketball, mobile games, and not having to pay for your apps up front or at all, NBA Live Mobile is a title you pretty much can't miss. As we're less than a month away from the start of the new NBA season, EA Mobile figured now is the perfect time for a new update which adds some major features and content to an already feature-rich and content-filled game.
Among other things, the latest version of NBA Live Mobile boasts improved graphics and a redesigned user interface, better passing mechanics which allow for a more realistic flow of the ball, and a new, fancier system of dunking the ball. Speaking of fancy, the game now also allows for cool alley-oops and has some significantly improved animations. The developers also added shot coaching feedback to the game and are claiming that will help both veteran players and newbies. While these features are already big enough to deserve a standalone update, EA Mobile bundled them with a bunch of additional content to play through. The most important addition in that regard is the new Rookie Program mode designed to offer a realistic and authentic experience of playing with NBA rookies. More specifically, the program boasts 46 rookies which were a part of the 2016 NBA Draft, including the promising Ben Simmons. Once started, this game mode presents the players with daily and weekly goals to complete. Doing so will net them some draft picks and lottery balls which they can use to facilitate their progress. In other words, playing the game often makes playing the game easier as EA Mobile continues to reward daily activity even if you aren't paying for in-app purchases and aren't the most skillful mobile gamer in the world.
Not surprisingly, the aforementioned graphical improvements are exclusive to more powerful Android devices as generally speaking, NBA Live Mobile is still rather lax regarding both hardware and software requirements. The game will work on most smartphones running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and newer and even supports tablets stuck on the outdated Android 3.2 Honeycomb. If that isn't enough to get you interested in EA's interactive adaptation of the most popular basketball league on the planet or you simply prefer premium games, you may want to check out NBA 2K16.