NBA Live 18: Quick Review

After a two year hiatus, NBA Live is back again. I talked about this game already in the demo impressions. In a short summary, NBA Live 18 demo showed a lot of promises but bugs and latency in the game was problems that needed to be fixed in to be fully playable. Good news, it was fixed. Before the full game was released, EA Sports was patching the game every week in order to fix the latency and bugs in the game. In results, this is a really fun game. Gameplay is improved in the inside game where small guard can’t consistency make contested layups on tall or multiple defenders. However, the players still feel “The One” game mode is still fun and the story is less cringe than NBA  2K18 ‘s story, which I will talk about in another review. I like the addition of WNBA but I wish that they are available to play online.

If you want to play another basketball game other than NBA 2K18, I recommend to pick up NBA Live 18.

Rating: 8/10

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NBA Live 18 Demo Impressions: (Can it Compete with NBA 2K18?)

After a year hiatus, NBA Live returns with a demo of NBA Live 18. Now, the big question is: Can it beat NBA 2K18? Despite of not playing NBA 2k18, I would NBA Live cannot beat 2K. However, I can say this is good alternative from NBA 2K. NBA Live team did a good job with this year despite some flaws. But first, let’s talk about the positives.

Positives:

“The One” is better than MyCareer

I will admit, “The One” storyline and gameplay is way better than NBA 2K’s MyCareer. With the storyline being about coming back from ACL injury by playing in street games and the draft combine, I enjoy it. Also, they have the crew from “First Take” discussing about your player which is pretty cool. The customization in the game is greater than 2K’s by having different hairstyles, better face scan, and more clothing options. Last thing I will praise about this mode is the upgrading system. I really love this system in NBA Live because it requires you to play and be good at the game to earn upgrades instead of spending money to get quick upgrades.

Dribble Moves

I know some people are going differ with this but I like the dribble moves in NBA Live 18. At first, I didn’t like at all because I was used to 2K’s dribbling control. Once I got the handle of it, I started to have with it.

Negatives

Inside Shooting needs tuning

For the gameplay, inside game is a major problem in the game. For every great layup animation, there is an atrocious animation. It usually frustrating for the defense side. I seen multiple times where guards would make a contested layup with four guys surrounding him. Unless he’s Michael Jordan, that should not happen regularly. EA Sports needs to tune this before the release date.

Servers

The servers in the demo are pretty inconsistent. In one game, it works really good. On the next few games, it get pretty terrible where I get kicked out. There are plenty of players complaining about this. I found usually because EA always have good servers compared to 2k. This needs to be fix so EA can have an advantage on NBA 2k.

All in all, I think NBA Live 18 is pretty  decent game and I would recommend it to pre order it to get it for $40. If I give a rating, it would be a 6 or 7 out of 10.

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NBA Live 18 Gameplay Impressions

Hello, my name is Anthony Payton and NBA 2K should watch out for NBA Live 18. These gameplay videos is looking very good. The animations are smoother compared to NBA Live 16. The shot meter is fix now that you can get a perfect release to make shots. The Drew League and Street-ball modes look very fun. Also, the gameplay for “The One” is very interesting. In the NBA live website, it explained the game mode of having your created player to play in the NBA and the streets across the nation. Your created player have attributes similar to badges in NBA 2K17 which is very good. These gameplay content is getting me excited for NBA Live 18 and I’m definitely giving a review to the game.